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Old 11-05-09, 04:29 PM
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brand new back pack for free!!

i have 3 vaude backpacks and one camel back. I thought they were in good condition and they looked fine.

Then i stuck one of them in my bath tub with a bunch of dawn soap. after about 2 hours the water looked like mud.

I did this to my other 3 back packs and they did the same thing. now they are all super clean.

some things i learned:
air dry them no matter what
use cold/warm water
if you dont have dawn soap, use Landry detergent
if you have a stuck zipper, soak it in water then try it

i know it sounds silly to be posting this, but if you have a backpack or bag you commute with everyday, try it, i was pretty suprised with the results.
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Old 11-05-09, 04:34 PM
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Soap and water does miracles.
No joke. If only I could convince my 3 year old of that fact.
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Old 11-05-09, 05:06 PM
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This is why I have multiple bags, helmets, and gloves. It keeps the commute going while one set is being washed and drying.
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Old 11-05-09, 05:47 PM
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If it can't handle being thrown in the washer then tossed in the dryer on low for a few minutes, it's not a bag I want. I just don't have the time or desire to bother with soaking, hand washing, air drying, etc. But maybe that's just me...

edit: I have a "CamelBak", a chrome bag, and a tamrac bag. All 3 have been through the washer and dryer without incident and all 3 look like new still.

edit #2: fixed, see below.

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Old 11-05-09, 07:15 PM
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"CamelBak" guys
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Old 11-05-09, 07:17 PM
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Wheres my free new back pack? lol
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Old 11-05-09, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by JimJimex View Post
Wheres my free new back pack? lol

Nahhh, he means free dawn soap...



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Old 11-06-09, 12:42 AM
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Does the wear and tear wash out too?
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Old 11-06-09, 09:08 AM
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I dunno, man. I kind of like the patina of grime on my Chrome bag. And I think the accumulated back sweat is now strong enough to keep dogs and other wild animals at bay...
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Old 11-06-09, 09:29 AM
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I think of it as waterproofing.

Some folks use NikWax, I prefer BakWax.
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Old 11-06-09, 02:30 PM
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Backsweat stench and roadgrime are theft deterrents.
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Old 11-06-09, 10:53 PM
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I thought my helmet looked okay and then I soaked it in the sink.

I couldn't believe all of the gunk that came out in the water.
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I need to wash my bag. It's no longer neon green, plus it smells like ass.
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Just be careful as this usually removes any waterproofing the bag may have.
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Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
Just be careful as this usually removes any waterproofing the bag may have.
Soap will not affect the waterproofing.

Fabric softener will, but no worries aobut soap.
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