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, Midtown 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)

Note that if your cotton bag has heavy metal hardware, we recommend spot cleaning.



01 spot clean with a gentle detergent

02 rinse thoroughly

03 lay flat to dry



01 spot clean with a gentle detergent

02 rinse thoroughly

03 lay flat to dry



01 gently dab with a soft, white, damp cloth



Easy peasy! Our quality team recommends double checking the care instructions listed on the tag or 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 (2).

  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

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