In order for your tactical backpack to last for many years, you will need to take care of it from time to time. While the proper cleaning and maintenance of your backpack are relatively minimal, it is important to keep it clean so that dirt and debris do not wear away on the materials. You can also choose a durable MOLLE style backpack from this list that is well designed to last extended.

In addition to keeping it clean, you’ll also need to keep out the odors that may build up from the exposure to the environment, food, dirt, and other materials. The good news is that properly taking care of your backpack will require a minimal investment in terms of time, money, and materials.

Materials Needed to Clean Backpack:

You will need the following items and supplies to properly clean up your tactical backpack. Be sure to include any items mentioned by the company that made the backpack.

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Mild Soap
  • Small Brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel & Cloth
  • Baking Soda
  • Water

The baking soda is to help keep your backpack odor-free, but it can also be used as a cleaning agent if need be.

Four Tips to Cleaning Your Backpack:

Washing and Clearning Tips for BackpackDirections: Every backpack has a small tag that describes how it can be cleaned. By following the instructions, you can avoid using supplies or materials that might harm your tactical backpack.

Vacuum the Insides: The first step is to empty your backpack fully and then use a vacuum cleaner with a small attachment to clean out the inside compartments. This will pull out all the dust and debris quickly while not doing any harm to the backpack itself.

Then, look at the insides of each compartment and spot-clean any stains with the mild detergent mixed with water and scrub it away with a brush.

Wipe Down the Outside: Once you have cleaned the compartments, wipe down the outside of the backpack with a dry towel first to clear away any loose dirt, dust, or debris. Then, use a small brush to get into areas that are still dirty. Use a cloth with the mild detergent and water and gently wipe around the backpack, focusing on any stains to remove them.

Frequency: Ideally, you should clean up your backpack after each use instead of letting it build up over time. In this manner, you can spot clean the outside using mild soap and a little water while vacuuming out the inside. If you take a few minutes after each trip to clean up your backpack, it will stay in like-new condition.

Important – What NOT to Do:

There are some “Don’ts” that you will need to follow as well, so you do not damage your backpack when cleaning.

  • Don’t Wash it in Hot Water
  • Don’t Let the Backpack Sit Wet in a Cool, Damp, and Dark Place
  • Don’t Put It in the Dryer
  • Don’t Ignore the Directions on the Backpack

By making sure that you do not commit any of these four “Don’ts”, you can help preserve your tactical backpack and make it last a very long time.


My name is John Winger, I was born and raised in Virginia. I spent a good part of my early adult life in the US military, namely the Army and served in Iraq. I saw my fair share of combat missions and thanks to that experience I have a better understanding and appreciate for what my country means to me and the world.

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