Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - Real Life -

How Toronto-based Melissa Maker, host of Clean My Space on Youtube, keeps them smelling fresh:

1 CHECK THE FAB­RIC LA­BEL. If it says ma­chine wash­able, use cold wa­ter on the gen­tle cy­cle. (Zip ev­ery­thing up and take off pins and re­mov­able straps, or wash in a mesh laundry bag.) If it doesn’t, use warm wa­ter, a soft sponge, and laundry deter­gent.

2 HIT IT WITH SOME STAIN RE­MOVER, or if gobs are ma­jor, soak the whole thing in Ox­i­clean (Ox­i­clean Ver­sa­tile Pow­dered Stain Re­mover 7.22 lbs, P1,500, lazada. com.ph or iprice. ph) for an hour or two. Scrub stains on the plas­tic in­sert of a lunchbag with a paste of bak­ing soda and wa­ter.

3 AVOID THE DRYER! Th­ese bags are def­i­nitely clothes­line items. Plus, fresh air helps elim­i­nate odors.

4 TO HELP KEEP SMELLS OUT, PLACE A DRYER SHEET AT THE BOT­TOM, or if that scent is too strong, leave a piece of news­pa­per spritzed with wa­ter and vanilla ex­tract in the bot­tom of the bag over the week­end when­ever things start get­ting rank. When the news comes out, all you’ll smell is sugar cookie.


Smelly, but no time to scrub? Put an open box of bak­ing soda in the bot­tom of the back­pack overnight. It’ll buy you time un­til you get to wash it.

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