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How to Clean Your Handbag: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Posted by Lauren Levin on

Mistakes happen — coffee spills, make-up crushes and liquids leak. Life can be messy, but our bags were built to keep up with your busy lifestyle. If you’ve ever found yourself in a sticky situation (literally) and Googled whether or not you could toss something in the washing machine, this post is for you.

We design our bags with simple care in mind. No dry-cleaning needed — you can either wash or spot clean each of our bags. We’re breaking it down into simple tutorials and showing you how to clean your bag step-by-step depending on the material. Watch these quick videos to learn how to clean your cotton, microfiber, poly twill and leather bags.


01 close all zippers before laundering

02 machine wash cold on gentle cycle with a gentle detergent

03 line dry (or lay flat)

Please note, not all of our cottons bags are machine washable. Due to construction and hardware, some are spot clean. Please double check your style on for specific instructions for your piece.


performance twill

01 spot clean with a gentle detergent

02 rinse thoroughly

03 lay flat to dry

These spot-clean instructions work for our Performance Twill and ReActive styles.



01 spot clean with a gentle detergent

02 rinse thoroughly

03 lay flat to dry

Good news! A lot of our microfiber bag styles are machine washable. Double check your bag on for specific instructions by style.



01 gently dab with a soft, white, damp cloth

Easy peasy! Our quality team recommends double checking the care instructions listed on our website for your specific bag before cleaning.
Now that your bag is bright, shiny and new-looking, snap a picture and post it on social media with the hashtag #verabradley for a chance to be featured on our website and social media channels.

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