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

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. 



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.


poly twill

01 spot clean with a gentle detergent

02 rinse thoroughly

03 lay flat to dry

These spot-clean instructions work for our Midtown silhouettes, as well as our newer Performance Twill styles.


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.


Leave a comment below or read what others wrote (8).

  1. Jill said on :

    For older cotton bags, remember to remove the base if there is one.

  2. Kay said on :

    I love being able to wash my Vera Bradley cotton handbags

  3. Jennifer said on :

    Some bags have cardboard inserts in the bottom. These need to be removed before washing.

  4. Kim said on :

    The microfiber bags can get crumpled looking, even when they’re new. Can I iron it or steam it or what should I do to bring back the crisp look of the microfiber?

  5. Linda said on :

    How do I get cardboard out of the bottom of bag? I have 2 handbags that I cannot get the cardboards out of to wash hose handbags. Also my handbag has very dirty handles on it.

  6. Pam said on :

    What about the cardboard in the bottom? Take it out?

  7. Rachel said on :

    The current website page for the Microfiber Iconic Vera Tote says that it can be hand washed cold but the Microfiber Miller says that it is spot clean. Is there a cardboard base in the Miller? Is the Vera Tote actually spot clean and the page has outdated cleaning information? Thank you!

  8. corinne said on :

    some of the bags are not colorfast. This should really be more prominently disclosed on the tags prior to purchase.

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