How to clean a nylon bag

Updated February 21, 2017

Nylon is a material known for its strength and durability. Women who carry large or heavy objects in their purses or bags need the reliability of nylon. Cleaning your nylon bag once or twice a month will add years to its life by keeping dirt and grime from accumulating and becoming embedded in the nylon material. Simple cleaning procedures and products keep nylon bags resilient and new-looking.

Remove all items from your nylon bag, and unzip compartments within the bag.

Fill a sink or laundry basin with warm water and mild liquid detergent. Swish the water with your hand to create suds. Submerge your nylon bag in the water. Ensure that the entire bag is drenched with the soapy water. Allow the bag to remain in the cleaning mixture for one hour.

Remove the bag from the water and rub it with a damp cloth. Scrub any stains on the bag with an old toothbrush. Drain the soapy water from the sink or basin.

Fill the sink or basin with warm water, and rinse the bag thoroughly. Drain the water, and shake the bag upside down to remove excess liquid. Wipe inside pockets and the outside of the bag with a clean cloth. Set the bag somewhere out of direct sunlight to dry completely.


Check for a care label on your bag, and follow the instructions for cleaning if it requires special cleaning products.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon mild liquid detergent
  • Clean cloths
  • Old toothbrush
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