Well, you can put a Jansport backpack in the dryer but this is not a recommended method to dry backpacks.

The most reliable method to dry any backpack is to air dry them. In this way, the bag doesn’t lose its elasticity, durability and the shine of the backpack remains the same as it’s a new one.

If you are in a situation where you have no other option left other than putting your bag in a dryer, then you must set the dryer to the lowest heat option.

Caution: Putting your Backpack in a Dryer for a long time may result in any kind of burn marks. So avoid keeping your bag so long in a dryer.

Experts suggest instead of putting your bag in a dryer and ruining the features of your Jansport bag, you must follow the best approach to clean and dry your backpack.

We have brought you a step-by-step guide and best methods to clean your Jansport bag and maintain the look and strength of your bag during the process of washing and drying.

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2 Methods to clean your Jansport bag

We suggest users choose either of the two methods that are mentioned below:

  • Hand washing method
  • Machine washing method

1- Hand washing method

Before diving into the steps of washing you must make a checklist and make sure you have the following listed items:

Jansport backpack in the dryer
  • Stain remover
  • Mild detergent
  • Soft bristle cleaning brush or old toothbrush
  • Sponge or spare piece of cloth
  • Towel

Note that: the detergent you choose must be free of fragrance, dying agent, or any other chemicals that can damage the fabric of your bag.

Here is the step-by-step guide to how to wash the Jansport bag on your hands.

Step-1: Empty the bag

 Take out all your items from your backpack and keep them aside. Open all the compartments of your backpack and get out the trash as much as you can using a handheld vacuum. Remove the metal frame if there is any. Open all the zips and pockets.

Step-2: Stain removing

 Have a look around your backpack interior and exterior and search for any stain.

Apply a small quantity of stain remover on it and gently clean the area using a soft bristle brush or toothbrush. Leave it and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Step-3: Wash the entire bag

 Dampen the bag with cold water. Keep notice that using hot water may damage the fabric of your backpack. So avoid using hot water during washing your bag.

Now take a small amount of detergent and gently rub the detergent on the surface of the backpack especially the dirty areas and spot stains. Also, clean the interior of the backpack.

Pro tip: Using a toothbrush for cleaning purposes is the best because it is more effective in removing the stains.

Step-4: Time to rinse

First drain out the dirty water. Now fill the tub with clean and cold water up to six inches. Rinse the bag thoroughly and wring the dirty water as much as you can.

Once satisfied take the backpack out of the water, squeeze it gently. Wrap the backpack in a towel so that it absorbs the excess water from it.

Step-5: Let the bag dry

After washing the backpack, hang it upside down in the open air under the sun and let it try completely. Make sure that all the zips and compartments of the backpack are open so that the interior gets dry completely.

Make sure the backpack has completely dried before you put it to use. After drying you can put your items back into it. Make sure to clean your items too before putting them in as the dirt on them can make the backpack dirty so quick.

2- Machine washing method

To wash your backpack in the machine you need the same items that I have narrated prior.

The requirement of these items might change if you are using a different approach to wash your pack.

 We have discussed the items you have to drop. So keep heading over.

Step-1: Read the instruction

When you buy a backpack, it comes with a small label that narrates the precautionary measure and how to wash a Jansport bag. Give them a read. Follow the rules accordingly as this information tells us how to deal with these materials rightly.           

Step-2: Empty the backpack

Take out all of your stuff from the backpack. Open all the zippers and compartments of the backpack. Turn the bag upside down and shake it to take small trash out of the backpack.

Sand wash them alone with your hands.

Step-3: Spot-clean the backpack before washing

For this approach, you must have a stain-remover and a brush. Before washing the backpack clear the trash from your hands and remove the dust from the surface of the backpack using a brush.

Look at the backpack all around to check if there’s any stain on the exterior or interior part of the bag.

Remove these stains by putting some stain remover and rubbing it with the help of a toothbrush.

Step-4: Patch-test the backpack if it is colorfast or not

The fabric used in manufacturing the backpack is sometimes non-colorfast and lose their color and shine because of the detergents used to wash them.

So blindly adding detergent to the water you must perform a patch test on your backpack.

Before washing the backpack, use detergent on the small area of the back panel of the backpack.

If the detergent effect the backpack, then don’t use these chemicals. Instead, use baby shampoo to wash your backpack.

Step-5: Wash the backpack

Prepare the washing machine and fill it with water according to your need.

After performing the patch test you will get to know whether to use detergent or not. Proceed accordingly.

Try to wash your backpack alone in the washing machine.

Pro tip: Place your backpack in a pillowcase before putting it in the machine.

This will protect your backpack against any scratch or abrasion during the washing event.

Step-5: Dry the backpack

Avoid using a dryer. The best way to dry your backpack after washing is to hand it upside down in open air under the sun.

Make sure that all the zippers and pockets of the backpack are opened so that the interior also gets dry completely.

Some useful tips to keep your backpack clean

  • Keep cleaning your Jansport backpack frequently with simple wipes to protect it from getting dirty and to avoid staining. This will help you keep your Jansport backpack clean for a long time and cut off the use of harsh chemicals and detergents.
  • While washing your backpack try to avoid cleaning mesh pockets with a brush as it may result in scratches and even ripping them off. You may clean those pockets using wipes or any soft material of your choice.
  • To keep the interior of the backpack odor-free you may use a sanitizer to clean the interior.
  • If your backpack has got a stubborn stain, you can use a strong detergent. But use the detergent on a small portion first to check if it is appropriate for the fabric or not. After getting the results, proceed further.
  • While washing your Jansport backpack in a machine keep it at the lowest cycle.
  • During the washing event, the straps and loops are caught in the machine. To avoid any mishap it’s better to place your backpack in a case before washing. This will also prevent your backpack from any kind of scratches and abrasions.
  • Not all Jansport backpacks can be washed in the washing machine. Read the instructions before choosing the method of washing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put my Jansport backpack in a washing machine?

It depends on the material of the backpack it is made of. Usually, all the backpacks from Jansport are made of high-quality material and can’t be broken easily.

But before putting your backpack in the machine you must read the instruction mentioned on the label attached with the backpack.

If you wanted to keep your Jansport backpack as new as it is then we recommend you wash your backpack on your hands.

Can I wash my Jansport backpack with a leather bottom?

We suggest washing a leathered bottom Jansport backpack without using a detergent or if you wanted to use any substitute then you can use baby shampoo.

Fill the tub with lukewarm water add a small amount of shampoo. Submerge the bag in the water and stir it slightly to get it clean.

How to apply sanitizer to a Jansport backpack?

Sanitizers evacuate so quickly. Use a sponge to apply it to the backpack or just pour it in the interior directly and quickly spread it all out the backpack.

How to disinfect my Jansport bag?

For this purpose, you can either choose a pine oil or phenolic disinfectant. You can get your bag disinfected by the following steps:

  • Prepare a 1:1 solution of warm water and disinfectant.
  • Apply the solution to the bag using a brush, sponge, or a soft cloth or you can directly soak the bag in the solution.
  • Take the bag out of the solution and to remove the smell of disinfectant rinse the bag once with plain water.
  • Let the backpack dry completely before use.

Can I put my Jansport backpack in the dryer?

Putting any of the backpacks in the dryer is not a wise decision. Whether you wash your backpack on your hands or in a washing machine.

The best approach to dry your backpack is to hang it in the open air with its upside-down under the sun.


Jansport is a renowned brand for backpacks due to its high-quality bags and their commitment to perfection made them even more superior to others. Although Jansport backpacks are durable they can get dirty over a while.

With little care and frequent cleaning, you can avoid your backpack from reaching the stage of washing it with detergent.

If you have to wash your backpack, we suggest you wash your backpack with your hands using a mild detergent (if necessary).

Whether you wash your backpack on your hands or in the washing machine, don’t ever try to put your backpack in a dryer. If you will do so the backpack will not be able to retain its previous look.

Let your backpack dry in the open air. Make sure to read the instructions before going for the method of washing your backpack.

We are honored you took your time off to give a read to this article. We hope we will be able to help you with your concerns.

Good Luck!

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