Your kids’ backpacks will end up being disgusting during the school year. Everything it seems will be crammed inside and left like it’s a portable garbage bag. Use these hints to try to keep it clean:
1. To get rid of the dirt that you see on the backpack, brush off with a dry brush or vacuum with the upholstery attachment. The brush attachment on the vac is my new favorite Heloise Hint! Try it on dusty clothes!
2. Turn the backpack upside down over an open newspaper to eliminate debris and contain it. Then wipe the inside with soap on a moistened sponge, rinse off, and then air-dry. Store backpacks in a dry area, so mold doesn’t grow.
3. Never soak the entire backpack in water because it can damage the surface coating. If the zipper gets stuck, use a piece of candle to run along the teeth or use a fabric silicone spray that won’t stain the material.
4. To prevent a backpack from getting dirty, assign one day a week (Friday or Saturday) for your children to empty everything from the backpack. Make sure they unload food leftovers and debris. No smelly, rotten fruit or sandwiches to stink up the backpack, or the corner it gets thrown into.