WAYS TO DE-STINK THAT BACKPACK OR LUNCHBAG
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.