How I Clean My Handbags + DIY Hacks



So lately i'm all about wanting durability in terms of my bags, clothes, shoes, jewellery etc. I think its the age guys. Hahahaha i'll be turning 27 in a few weeks. Anyway i have been intentional in cleaning my handbags and purses and in this post i'll share how i do that plus some hacks i've discovered about making my bags keep looking as good as new.

Generally i am one of those girls who will use the same handbag for a week or sometimes two without changing it. When i do change bags before storing the bag away i will clean it first, and then for those bags not in use i will take them out of storage every 3-4 weeks to clean them and store them back again. For some reason i noticed if i just leave them stored away for months when i do want to use them they are sorta dusty even though i keep them in the dust bags. Seriously it really puzzles me! Anyone experiences the same thing? 

Cleaning
I use a clean damp towel that i rinse with water and a mild soap (usually hand wash does the job) and wipe all around, both outside and inside the bags making sure every little corner or inside pocket is covered. When i'm done i simply leave the bags out in the open to be aerated before storing them bag in the dust bags.


DIY Hacks
Be a Lady
Our hand bags are exposed to so much bacteria on a daily basis, from the washroom, uber, cafe table, you name it, so it is important you take extra caution what i would like to call being a lady hahahaha and do a little clean up of your handbag every 2-3days. I just empty everything onto the table, throw away all the junk (unwanted receipts, candy wrappers, whatever junk you have thrown inside) This way you are not accumulating a lot of dirt and in a week or 2 when you do a thorough clean up it will be a piece of cake.

Direct Sunlight is a No No
They say sunlight damages handbags and can possibly fade the color of your bag especially for leather. So do yourself a favour and don't leave your bag laying around under the sun.

Remove Stains Immediately
For whatever reason, if your bag is stained try clean it immediately and don't wait for it to get dry. BTW stop keeping open pens in your bag because it causes ink stains. Go green and use your smartphone, if you really gotta use a pen, or if you are a student, invest in a little pencil case to keep your stationery.


Baking Soda for the Win
Yep! Get rid of odours or funny smells by putting a plastic full of baking soda inside your handbag and leaving it in there for a couple of hours.

Patch Test
Before you clean your entire bag, perform a patch test on a small part of your bag just to ensure whatever you are about to use won't cause more harm than good.

I hope you find the tips useful and are inspired to take better care of your handbags. Please share your tips on increasing your handbag longevity. 

Love X Blessings,
Nyasha Nicole.

64 comments

  1. wow, I never clean my handbags :(

    I am gonna take this tips for sure particulary for my light coloured bags, it should help in elongating their use life !

    www.talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Girl please start cleaning those bags if you want them to last you long ☺ Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Thanks so much for the useful tips, I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. You are welcome Roasanna 😘 You have a lovely weekend.

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  3. I've actually never thought to clean my bag with a damp cloth, this is a great tip and something that I'm definitely going to try! :) xx

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Thank u velvet blush 😘 Happy New Month to you.

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  4. I need to try this soon :)

    www.Glowlicious.Me

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  5. I'm so bad, I pretty much never clean my handbags unless they're a cotton tote that can be chucked in the wash haha!
    http://www.thecaramelchronicles.com

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    1. Hahah that actually used to be me at some point. Its never too late to start πŸ˜‰

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  6. this makes me feel so bad, i never clean my bags, when it gets to that point i convince myself to just buy another haha

    good hacks though, thanks for sharing hun x

    Keelie xo | www.keelieskloset.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hahahah i'm sorry Keelie, you don't have to feel bad. Just start working on it :)

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  7. These were some really handy tips :) xx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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    1. Thanks dear. I'm glad you think so.

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  8. Thanks for the useful tips! Ive never needed to clean my bags on the inside but I will keep your tips in mind! Thank you for sharing!
    xo Yvonne
    www.aproposh.com

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  9. That's so smart to clean a small spot first--I've wrecked many items by starting with the entire thing!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  10. Really interesting post thank you.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  11. Thanks for the tips! I have a bag I've been really hesitant to try cleaning, so perhaps now I'll give it a go :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Give it a try but be sure to test a small patch first :)

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  12. I love the baking soda tip! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thanks Ashley. Got the idea from Youtube.

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  13. Very useful DIY babe.
    I love this post
    kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale
    Indiansavage.com

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  14. I should clean my hand bags more often. One thing I've found is that hanging them on a chair is a huge no-no, because the straps start to get worn after awhile!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. OH yes never ever hang bags they have to be placed in a cupboard or shelf :)

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  15. Oops. I feel guilty 'cause I never clean my bags. Hahaha!

    Angelie // Ikkoryu Fukuoka - SM Southmall

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  16. Thanks for these handbag tips! I need to try the baking soda.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  17. I didn't know how to wash my bags! Thanks for sharing!

    http://violettedaily.com

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  18. Oh my! Can you believe I've never cleaned any of my bags! It's something that I need to start doing, thank you so much!

    xo | Cindy Elena
    www.boringclothes.com

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  19. Thank you so much for this post! I have a friend that never cleans her bags so I will tell her to red this post! Much Love!!!

    http://www.mihaailo.blogspot.com

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  20. A very useful post
    Kisses
    The Pink Pineapple
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  21. How helpful! I always cross my fingers in hopes that my expensive bags don't get dirty, but you never know.. you gotta live a little then learn to clean up afterwards!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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    1. Hahaha yes Kim. Thank u for stopping by 😘

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  22. Thanks a lot for this helpful post!
    Many thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Do you want to follow each other?
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  23. I needed this hack! So bad, especially since I love handbags but never sure the best way to properly clean them. Really nice post :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/06/an-italian-summer-holiday.html

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  24. Thank you for sharing your tips. I am glad that now I can clean my bags safely and will not destroy them.
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    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

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  25. Such great tips! I will have to try the baking soda hack...didn't know about that one

    michellespaige.com

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  26. thnaks for sharing these tips with us
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    1. Thank u for stopping by 😘😘

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  27. Thanks for sharing these great tips! I do a bit of cleaning on my handbags like once a week, but reading your post made me want to clean them even better and more often :)

    xx

    Claire from Dresscape
    www.dresscape.com

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  28. Thanks for sharing your hacks! I was actually wonder how I can clean one of my bags since it got a nasty stain. Have a lovely day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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  29. This is such a great tip! Thank you!

    X merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

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  30. Ok you've instantly made me feel horrendous as I never clean my handbag and considering how much I use them, that's awful! I'll most definitely take on these helpful tips!

    Musings & More

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    1. aaaaw sorry dear... buh glad to make a positive impact :)

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  31. this is such a useful post! I spill so many things and drop crumbs and everything in there, I should really wash mine more often haha.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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  32. This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing darling! Super helpful!

    Adela
    http://www.hautespark.com/

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