Has anyone laundered their toiletry kit?

My RS toiletry kit is getting a bit grimy. I don't think they recommend putting it through the laundry but I was wondering if anybody gave it a try and if so what happened? Thanks

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
5640 posts

Have you tried handwashing it? If you do put it in the washer, I would definitely not try drying it in your dryer.

Posted by JB
Redding, CA, USA
1568 posts

I have one very similiar to the Rick Steves' kit. Try hand washing in sink with warm water and woollite. I use a toothbrush to get into the crevices....rinse several times...then I hang in shower to drip dry. Mine is about 10 years old and looks almost new after several washings.

Posted by Gail
Downingtown, USA
1671 posts

It is not from RS, but I have something similar that I wash in sink with Woolite, just rinse well and hang up to dry,it still looks great.

Posted by Julie
SF Bay Area, CA, USA
446 posts

Andrea - I was most all of my travel accessory bags (inside out) on the gentle cycle of my front load washer. I have washed RS packing cubes and mesh bags as well as toiletry bags, cosmetic bags and totes from different manufacturers. I use mild detergent (no bleach, laundry additives or softener), cold water and do NOT put them in the dryer. They still look brand new after several washings.

Posted by Suz
Denver, USA
223 posts

I've also had good results washing cloth bags of various kinds in my front-load washing machine. As Julie noted: gentle cycle, cold water, no additives, line dry. If I'm extra-cautious about an item, I'll put it inside a mesh bag (I have a few in different sizes) for its ride in the washer. My RS Civita day pack came through that washing machine treatment just fine, as have various tote bags, reusable grocery bags, packing cubes, etc. If all you have to wash is the toiletry kit, the sink scrubbing, using a brush to get in the corners, also sounds reasonable.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
21417 posts

Andrea, Most products of that type recommend hand washing only using a mild soap, and of course no Dryer. I have similar products (not RS) and those were the instructions supplied with them. The instructions supplied with my Civita Day Pack state "Wash by hand, Cool water, Mild soap, Do not Bleach, Drip Dry, No Iron". BTW, that particular product is "Made in China" for Kiva Designs. Cheers!

Posted by Andrea
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
607 posts

Thanks everyone. I'll give it a go in my front loader in a sweater bag.

Posted by Laurie Beth
Was MN, now TX
646 posts

It worked for me to wash on gentle in a lingerie bag. I then hung in the shower to dry and it was as good as new.

Posted by Suz
Denver, USA
223 posts

Ken, the care instructions on my Civita day pack are the same as the ones you quoted. And the bag came through a front-load washer gentle cycle just fine - and clean. I find those care label instructions in garments and fabric bags are generally on the conservative side. I assume that's because of the wild variety of washing machines and washing machine settings; some can be almost brutal to the things being washed and others quite gentle. For that reason I figure manufacturers only say "machine wash" instead of "hand wash," when they are sure the item can withstand a good pummeling - and I note a lot of the "machine wash" tags also specify "gentle cycle" and "cold water." I just use common sense, and so far have avoided disasters and ruinations of my stuff.