How to Care for a Nylon Handbag

You carry your nylon purse with you everywhere you go, so you naturally want the bag to look its best. Nylon handbags resist water, wind and other types of damage. However, they attract dirt and stains after a few weeks of heavy use. Nylon bags don't need much special care, but if yours gets dirty, you can clean it up with a bit of soapy water.

A cared-for nylon purse will last you for years. (Image: Zoonar/homydesign/Zoonar/Getty Images)

Step 1

Take everything out of your handbag. Turn the bag upside-down over a garbage can, then shake it a few times to remove crumbs, dust and other debris.

Step 2

Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Add several drops of gentle liquid soap to the water. Stir the soap into the water until suds appear.

Step 3

Moisten a towel or rag with the soapy water. Squeeze the cloth to release excess liquid.

Step 4

Wipe the surface of the handbag with the wet towel. Wiping the bag gently will remove most debris. For stubborn stains, apply gentle pressure and rub until the mark disappears. If you still can't get rid of a stain, scrub it with a damp stiff-bristled brush.

Step 5

Blot the handbag with a clean towel to remove excess moisture. Allow the bag to air dry before putting anything in it.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl

  • Mild liquid soap

  • Towels

  • Stiff-bristled brush (optional)


If you don't feel comfortable washing your bag by hand, you can also take it to a dry cleaner.

Some nylon bags may also contain leather elements, such as the handle or trim. Wash leather parts carefully to avoid damage or color alteration. Do not apply cleaning products to the leather; use only water.


Never put your nylon bag in the washing machine or clothes dryer. These appliances may damage the sensitive fabric.

Do not immerse your nylon handbag in water. Doing so is likely to make the inner lining pucker and distort.

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