These incredibly popular durable cotton carryalls are also the easiest to clean. If you’re not worried about your bag losing shape, i.e. if it’s your average branded tote style, you can go ahead and toss them in the wash with your regular laundry before running them through the dryer (or hanging them to dry, if you prefer). We suggest turning them inside out first and avoiding super-high heat.
If you’re working with a more structured bag, you can try spot treating or handwashing first. Simply soak the bag in hot water before working detergent into the fabric with your hands. Flush with water to ensure all the soap has been removed and then either lay flat or hang to dry.
You might want to make note of any logos, slogans or imagery on your bags. If it’s painted or embroidered into the fabric, it can probably hold up to multiple wash cycles. However, if it’s been ironed on or if it’s been adorned with plastic stickers, those designs will probably start to peel.