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Old 08-24-05, 06:23 PM   #1
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My bag stinks

I've used my bag for a week of courier work and it's starting to have an all encompasing odour. would it be safe to throw it in the washing machine? There's no way I can have this smell with me all day tomorrow. I was pretty much bearable most of today but soon as I got home I felt like there was somone behind with a serious b.o. problem. I kept turning around but found no one but me. It's a chrome. Anyone have any problems washing them in the machine? How about drying?
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Old 08-24-05, 06:25 PM   #2
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I've used my bag for a week of courier work and it's starting to have an all encompasing odour. would it be safe to throw it in the washing machine? There's no way I can have this smell with me all day tomorrow. I was pretty much bearable most of today but soon as I got home I felt like there was somone behind with a serious b.o. problem. I kept turning around but found no one but me. It's a chrome. Anyone have any problems washing them in the machine? How about drying?

there have been a bunch of threads about this, but if you don't want to search for them i think the best suggestion was to soak it in vinegar and hot water.

washing machine and regular soap don't do much iirc.
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Thanks dobber - I would have missed that
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yeah, vinegar worked for my rank HRM strap that couldn't get clean no matter how many times it was in the wash.
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there have been a bunch of threads about this, but if you don't want to search for them i think the best suggestion was to soak it in vinegar and hot water.

washing machine and regular soap don't do much iirc.
I did a search but the only thread that came up was Chrome vs. Bailey. Second one brought up a good one. Must go get some vinegar now. Damned vaginal odour.
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to give credit where credit is due, i'm pretty sure that the vinegar trick was weed_eater's
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peripatetic was a strong advocate of vinegar as well, in the thread i started. haven't seen him around since his "screw nyc bikeshops" ranting. oh well. i wonder if he would have had more lessons for us..
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Hey, it's good to see the forum moving back to normal after the Don Walker dust up. A thread about bag stench is what was really needed. If we could get a followup thread on shoes or, be still my beating heart, chain lube, I'd say we'd be well on the road to recovery.
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peripatetic was a strong advocate of vinegar as well, in the thread i started. haven't seen him around since his "screw nyc bikeshops" ranting.
With that screen name, it was only a matter of time before he hit the road. Right?
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i cleaned a camelback and gloves with oxiclean.......it worked well
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Wait you got the skank out of a pair of gloves? What is this magic oxyclean substance you speak of?
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to clean bags in the backyard
I've used a bucket with dish soap (not too much) and warm water,
get a mop handle and thrash it around in the water with the bag
rinse with the hose ...

now for that hygene problem...you can't exactly do the same thing
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now for that hygiene problem...you can't exactly do the same thing
Sounds pretty much like what I do ... just make sure the mop handle doesn't have any splinters on it...
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I should really try this vinegar thing. At the end of the day, my bag smells worse than I do, and that's an achievement.
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