How to Wash a Herschel Backpack 

 April 8, 2023

By  Diane Wuthrich

Herschel backpacks are popular among students and travelers. They are durable enough for daily use, but will inevitably be prone to getting dirty. Because of this, many wonder about the correct way of washing Herschel backpacks.

Use a soft sponge or cloth dipped in mild dish soap to spot clean a Herschel backpack. Hang it in a shaded area to allow it to dry away from the sun. Never put a Herschel backpack through a washing machine or dry cleaner since this can cause damage.

Regular cleaning is important to make sure your Herschel backpack looks and functions as it should. To learn more about proper cleaning techniques, read on below.

How to Wash a Herschel Backpack

Herschel backpacks should only be given the spot cleaning treatment in the affected areas. They are low-maintenance and easy to clean, as long as you follow the right way to do so.

Remember to never put your backpack in the washing machine or have it dry cleaned. These will compromise the material and durability of Herschel backpacks.

What you’ll need

Here’s a list of materials you will need for cleaning Herschel backpacks; these are inexpensive and can readily be found on Amazon (note: we earn a small commission from Amazon for items purchased):

Mild soap

A mild dishwashing or hand soap is the only type of soap that should be used on Herschel backpacks. These will ensure that any stains and dirt have been removed while reducing the chances of discoloration over time. Here are some great soaps that are available on Amazon:

Soft sponge or cloth

A soft bone or kitchen sponge, or a microfiber cloth are recommended for gently rubbing the soap into the stained Herschel fabric. Other types of cloth may be too abrasive, and could end up damaging the fabric. Amazon has a good selection of these gentle cloths:


Before you get started cleaning your Herschel backpack, be sure to unload it and remove all of the content from compartments and pockets. It’s recommended to be as thorough as possible in removing dirt and debris, which can be difficult to remove once it gets wet from cleaning. Use the hose attachment from a vacuum if you need to get dirt that’s gotten stuck in corners of the pack.

Turn the backpack inside out to examine if it needs cleaning in this area.

  1. Dip a sponge in mild, gentle soap or dish soap and cool water.
  2. Run it through the dirty areas on the backpack, remembering to only focus on those parts that are dirty.
  3. Move the sponge or cloth in circular motions over areas with stubborn stains. Repeat until the stains have been removed.
  4. Once you’re done, hang the backpack to air dry it away from direct sunlight.

That’s all it takes to keep your Herschel backpack clean. Avoid doing these steps too frequently – only when there are noticeable stains and dirt. If you use your backpack every day, regular cleaning every 3 months is sufficient for removing dirt and stains.


Herschel backpacks are well-loved for their aesthetic appeal, durability, and functionality. With regular spot cleaning following these steps, you can be sure that your pack will stay clean and last a long time.

About the author

Diane is our head writer and researcher for our backpack informational content. Her everyday carry is a Herschel.

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