Here’s how to wash your backpack and get rid of that body odor that can build up in your straps after hiking in the heat. Get rid of the smell and have a fresh-smelling pack again.
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I don’t know about your backpack, but at the end of a hot, sweaty summer, my pack does not smell like a bed of roses. However, I don’t want to use any of those odor-reducing chemicals – and have them leaching into my skin when I go hiking again.
Well, there is a way to easily wash your backpack, get rid of the body odor, and do it without harsh chemicals. And I’m going to show you how.
OK. You’re going to need a few things to de-stink your backpack. An old towel. Some warm water. And laundry detergent – I like an eco-friendly liquid detergent like this one.
First, wet down the straps and any other parts that have become odiferous.
On my backpack, there’s a nice mesh separation between my back and the pack, so only the shoulder and hip straps need de-stinking.
After wetting, add a little detergent to your towel. Just about a spoonful will do it. And work the towel to lather the detergent up a bit.
Now, start scrubbing those straps. You want to build up a sudsy lather and really work the detergent into the material. Lots of elbow grease.
When no more lather is forming, add more detergent to your towel. Oops, a big spoonful in this case.
Make sure you thoroughly scrub every part that has been picking up sweat all summer.
Then, take the warm water and rinse the detergent out of the straps. This may take a few rinsings. Taking your pack into the bathroom and using the shower works well, but may get you into trouble with others in the household. I prefer to do it outside and stay safe.
After you’ve finished rinsing out all the detergent, hang your pack up to dry overnight. I also like to hang it out in the sun, and let the UV rays further sanitize my straps.
After Drying Overnight
The next day, after your pack has dried, it should be smelling a lot better, but there’s still one more thing you can do – which will keep it smelling good for longer.
In a spray bottle, mix half vinegar and half water. Then, spray it liberally on your straps. I like to get the straps soaking wet with the vinegar mix.
Let your pack dry again. You can rinse out the vinegar later, if you don’t like the salad smell, but I like to leave it in and my pack smells good for longer. I prefer the smell of vinegar to old sweat.
So, that’s the easy and chemical-free way to get rid of the sweat smell on your backpack.
Hope this is helpful to you. Keep an eye out for more of our gear care videos, at Kuma Outdoor.