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Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
Firstly thank you all for the priceless advice I have received here! I have been wearing my loaded backpack on my training walks for many months now. I live in a high humidity area in Queensland, Australia and would like to wash my backpack prior to my mid September Camino Frances. I’m not a seasoned hiker so have never done this before.
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
Firstly thank you all for the priceless advice I have received here! I have been wearing my loaded backpack on my training walks for many months now. I live in a high humidity area in Queensland, Australia and would like to wash my backpack prior to my mid September Camino Frances. I’m not a seasoned hiker so have never done this before.
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
Oops - questin! Brain and finger unsync! Perhaps I’m on a quest with this questin?
 

TMcA

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona to Santiago (2013)
Le Puy to Pamplona in segments (2013 - 2016)
Pamplona to León
Look at the website of the manufacturer of your pack. I'm pretty sure you'll find instructions there.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
I regularly (i.e. annually) wash my backpack in a large tub, or bath tub, with some laundry detergent. Maybe a brush here and there. If you can figure out how to remove any removable parts or panels, that is good. If you want to be rigorous, you could remove the buckles. Then rinse and let it drip dry.

Given that I have just posted about my cavalier attitude to laundry, on a thread about merino, I will admit that I have little patience for delicate clothing and you might not want to rely on my advice. Once I even dried my backpack in a hot drier, without removing the plastic stiffening panel, and I was not surprised to see that it developed an unnatural curvature :oops:. Don't do that. (I was more worried about bedbugs than about my pack, and I didn't realize I could remove the panel. I have since learned, on a replacement pack, that it is removable, but it is very hard to get back in.)
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
I regularly (i.e. annually) wash my backpack in a large tub, or bath tub, with some laundry detergent. Maybe a brush here and there. If you can figure out how to remove any removable parts or panels, that is good. If you want to be rigorous, you could remove the buckles. Then rinse and let it drip dry.

Given that I have just posted about my cavalier attitude to laundry, on a thread about merino, I will admit that I have little patience for delicate clothing and you might not want to rely on my advice. Once I even dried my backpack in a hot drier, without removing the plastic stiffening panel, and I was not surprised to see that it developed an unnatural curvature :oops:. Don't do that. (I was more worried about bedbugs than about my pack, and I didn't realize I could remove the panel. I have since learned, on a replacement pack, that it is removable, but it is very hard to get back in.)
Thank you C clearly. That would be my style - removing something that should not be removed so it’s great to have a heads up!
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Firstly thank you all for the priceless advice I have received here! I have been wearing my loaded backpack on my training walks for many months now. I live in a high humidity area in Queensland, Australia and would like to wash my backpack prior to my mid September Camino Frances. I’m not a seasoned hiker so have never done this before.
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
What brand and model is your backpack?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I have since learned, on a replacement pack, that it is removable, but it is very hard to get back in.)
I was able to remove the frame panel from a previous backpack and wash and dry the fabric part by machine. I also found it hard to put back on the frame, until I wetted the fabric which allowed it to stretch.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have "hosed down" my Osprey pack four times with some kitchen dish soap after returning home from the Caminos. It comes out clean and like new. I would think any newer backpack would be made to withstand some soap and water!
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
I have "hosed down" my Osprey pack four times with some kitchen dish soap after returning home from the Caminos. It comes out clean and like new. I would think any newer backpack would be made to withstand some soap and water!
Thank you. I will try this.
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
What brand and model is your backpack?
Hi Dave Bugg. It is a Kathmandu 28litre XF Air Women’s fit. I have looked at their website and it seems that this model is discontinued. I bought it probably 15 months ago. What do you think about dishwashing liquid in warm soapy water with a brush and sponge for the inside. Then hosing off and drying outdoors?
 

Telboyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
When I have anything that claims it cannot be washed but needs to be cleaned I just throw it in the machine and see what happens. if it can't be washed I will have to buy a new one anyway. so my only loss is the cost of a wash.
With a pack I would take out any frames or stiffeners first. After the wash spray it with a waterproofing spray to keep and damp off. I Don't worry about getting the waterproofing right because I always use a flexible 40 micron impermeable non organic liner or a trash bag in my rucksack.
My view with anything Camino related is that it will either be right or it will be something else, whatever happens you just have to move on from there.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Hi Dave Bugg. It is a Kathmandu 28litre XF Air Women’s fit. I have looked at their website and it seems that this model is discontinued. I bought it probably 15 months ago. What do you think about dishwashing liquid in warm soapy water with a brush and sponge for the inside. Then hosing off and drying outdoors?
That sounds fine. Rather than dish washing liquid, using a mild, neutral soap like a Castile would be a better bet. Better still would be a product called Nikwax Tech Wash. In any event, your plan sounds fine. A soft nylon bristled brush is fine to use for the exterior fabric.
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
That sounds fine. Rather than dish washing liquid, using a mild, neutral soap like a Castile would be a better bet. Better still would be a product called Nikwax Tech Wash. In any event, your plan sounds fine. A soft nylon bristled brush is fine to use for the exterior fabric.
Many thanks Dave!
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
I wash everything including backpacks, hockey equipment, rugs etc in a front loading washing machine with laundry soap. These are gentle machines. Everything always comes out fresh and clean. Drip dry!
Thanks for the advice. I have a top loader though so it will be the pure soap, brush and sponge for me.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
After a few days on the Camino, your backpack will be dusty so don’t spend too much time getting it sparkling clean! I use a hose and just a bit of mild dish soap (they wash wildlife with the stuff so it’s not that harsh). I’d skip scrubbing with a brush unless you have a specific problem area.

Then drip dry on the clothesline like all of the clothes I take with me. 👍. Simple, effective, and quick.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
After a few days on the Camino, your backpack will be dusty so don’t spend too much time getting it sparkling clean! I use a hose and just a bit of mild dish soap (they wash wildlife with the stuff so it’s not that harsh). I’d skip scrubbing with a brush unless you have a specific problem area.

Then drip dry on the clothesline like all of the clothes I take with me. 👍. Simple, effective, and quick.
Exactly what I do...word for word!☺
 

Pilar

Active Member
I too wash my pack in a front loading machine. I take it to a self-service laundromat with high capacity machines. Slip it in lengthwise with a mild soap and it is like new when it comes out. I air dry it. I have done Vaude, Osprey, Arcteryx and Gregory packs without adverse effects. I use a pack cover so haven’t noticed waterproofing problems although that may be an issue.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I usually wash my Osprey rucksacks according to Osprey's instructions. If you go to the manufacturer's website for your rucksack, there should be a Q&A or information in the support section of the site regarding care of your rucksack.

In my case, Osprey recommends using "Nik-Wax,' a product sold in outdoors shops and specifically made for waterproofed rucksacks.

One uses it by soaking your rucksack, with all straps fully loosened, in a tub of warm water. 10 - 15 cm / 3 - 4 inches of water will do it. The Nik-Wax is added and dissolved.

I use an old toothbrush, intended for use with spot-treating clothing stains to work at stains on the outside of the rucksack after soaking for maybe 15 minutes.

Stains on the inside are only ever worked with either a sponge or a microfiber towel, NEVER a brush. Once that waterproofing part of the material is gone, it is gone. The more advanced your rucksack material is, the more delicate it is, in terms of waterproofing.

After a thorough soak, hand agitation wash and spot scrub, I rinse the rucksack using the removable Euro hand shower thingie. Having traveled extensively and lived in Europe, I LOVE these things! They come in handy for all sorts of things, like rinsing down the shower area after use, washing pets, and cleaning large, ungainly things like rucksacks.

I allow the rucksack to drip dry in the shower before moving it to my garage. I do not hang it outside because i do not want the birds to target it. Also, as I live in South Florida, my garage is always toasty warm. I hang the rucksack on a hook from an overhead storage rack and allow it to air dry. Overnight is all it ever takes.

Hope this helps.
 
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Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
After a few days on the Camino, your backpack will be dusty so don’t spend too much time getting it sparkling clean! I use a hose and just a bit of mild dish soap (they wash wildlife with the stuff so it’s not that harsh). I’d skip scrubbing with a brush unless you have a specific problem area.

Then drip dry on the clothesline like all of the clothes I take with me. 👍. Simple, effective, and quick.
Sounds good to me. Thank you.
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
I too wash my pack in a front loading machine. I take it to a self-service laundromat with high capacity machines. Slip it in lengthwise with a mild soap and it is like new when it comes out. I air dry it. I have done Vaude, Osprey, Arcteryx and Gregory packs without adverse effects. I use a pack cover so haven’t noticed waterproofing problems although that may be an issue.
Thank you. I think front loafers are more gentle than top loaders. Laundromats around here are all top loaders. We also have lots of coal miners around here so backpack could come out dirtier than it went in! LOL!
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
I usually wash my Osprey rucksacks according to Osprey's instructions. If you go to the manufacturer's website for your rucksack, there should be a Q&A or information in the support section of the site regarding care of your rucksack.

In my case, Osprey recommends using "Nik-Wax,' a product sold in outdoors shops and specifically made for waterproofed rucksacks.

One uses it by soaking your rucksack, with all straps fully loosened, in a tub of warm water. 10 - 15 cm / 3 - 4 inches of water will do it. The Nik-Wax is added and dissolved.

I use an old toothbrush, intended for use with spot-treating clothing stains to work at stains on the outside of the rucksack after soaking for maybe 15 minutes.

Stains on the inside are only ever worked with either a sponge or a microfiber towel, NEVER a brush. Once that waterproofing part of the material is gone, it is gone. The more advanced your rucksack material is, the more delicate it is, in terms of waterproofing.

After a thorough soak, hand agitation wash and spot scrub, I rinse the rucksack using the removable Euro hand shower thingie. Having traveled extensively and lived in Europe, I LOVE these things! They come in handy for all sorts of things, like rinsing down the shower area after use, washing pets, and cleaning large, ungainly things like rucksacks.

I allow the rucksack to drip dry in the shower before moving it to my garage. I do not hang it outside because i do not want the birds to target it. Also, as I live in South Florida, my garage is always toasty warm. I hang the rucksack on a hook from an overhead storage rack and allow it to air dry. Overnight is all it ever takes.

Hope this helps.
Many thanks! I will look for the Nik-Wax. Dave Bugg spoke about this as well. Have looked on the manufacturer’s website and can’t find any washing instructions. Thanks to everyone here I have great advice once again.
 

Pilger99

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
I wash the pack because it gets smelly. Some dirt might be removed, but not all.
It's great if you can get the stabilising parts away and a big backpack finally fits into a normal washing machine. Your small 28 model should fit anyway.
30°C and not much washing powder will be OK for most synthetics. There is no need for extra expensive special outdoor wash. powder is usually tenside and some aroma. No extras e.g. no 3 months smell, no softener!!! ... that you can find in liquids.

Switch off the tumble dryer.

Most backpacks haven't been waterproof while new. Why should we expect that after washing? the typical PU-coatening wears off with time and seams are always leaking.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Many thanks! I will look for the Nik-Wax. Dave Bugg spoke about this as well. Have looked on the manufacturer’s website and can’t find any washing instructions. Thanks to everyone here I have great advice once again.
There are several products similar to Nikwax which will also be effective:
Grangers Performance Wash, (which I think is made in England)
Gear Aid Revivex Pro High-Tech Fabric Cleaner


The reason I recommend these types of products is because regular detergents and soaps actually leave a bit of residue on the threads of the fabric material which tends to attract and hold moisture. Most backpack material is either coated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) or similar product which helps with water resistance. That same residue can also 'hold onto' dust and dirt.

If water repellency is not a priority, than any neutral and clean rinsing soap will do. But I also think that these DWR friendly washes do a great job on technical fabrics. And if you use a waterproof/breathable rain jacket, then it is mandatory that you use a Tech wash to keep the jacket or shell's performance optimum and to revive its performance over time.

Now, I am a backpack slob. I consider the stains and scuffs and such to be part of my backpack's history and scrapbook. I can still look at the inky, embedded soot stain in the International Orange fabric of my old Camp Trails backpack a and remember the specific overnight camp location in the Goat Rocks Wilderness where it attached itself.

I clean the interior of my backpack as needed with a vacuum and a damp cloth, but I really don't do much more than brush loose dust and dirt and dried mud off the exterior.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
@Hilarious, I don't have anything to add about how you might wash your pack, but I would suggest you consider that you do it just before returning to Australia, particularly if you have been carrying food products in the pack. I have been stopped in the past by the sniffer dogs in the baggage hall, and even though I was not carrying any fruits or other foods, had to completely unpack the pack and it was subjected to the most rigourous inspection I have ever seen. On following trips, I have used a damp sponge or face washer and soapy water to wash and rinse off the inside and outside of the back.
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
There are several products similar to Nikwax which will also be effective:
Grangers Performance Wash, (which I think is made in England)
Gear Aid Revivex Pro High-Tech Fabric Cleaner


The reason I recommend these types of products is because regular detergents and soaps actually leave a bit of residue on the threads of the fabric material which tends to attract and hold moisture. Most backpack material is either coated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) or similar product which helps with water resistance. That same residue can also 'hold onto' dust and dirt.

If water repellency is not a priority, than any neutral and clean rinsing soap will do. But I also think that these DWR friendly washes do a great job on technical fabrics. And if you use a waterproof/breathable rain jacket, then it is mandatory that you use a Tech wash to keep the jacket or shell's performance optimum and to revive its performance over time.

Now, I am a backpack slob. I consider the stains and scuffs and such to be part of my backpack's history and scrapbook. I can still look at the inky, embedded soot stain in the International Orange fabric of my old Camp Trails backpack a and remember the specific overnight camp location in the Goat Rocks Wilderness where it attached itself.

I clean the interior of my backpack as needed with a vacuum and a damp cloth, but I really don't do much more than brush loose dust and dirt and dried mud off the exterior.
Thanks again Dave. I love your responses as it’s good to know the reasons for/and sometimes against a particular product. Also like your attitude to the marks on the backpack.
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
I wash the pack because it gets smelly. Some dirt might be removed, but not all.
It's great if you can get the stabilising parts away and a big backpack finally fits into a normal washing machine. Your small 28 model should fit anyway.
30°C and not much washing powder will be OK for most synthetics. There is no need for extra expensive special outdoor wash. powder is usually tenside and some aroma. No extras e.g. no 3 months smell, no softener!!! ... that you can find in liquids.

Switch off the tumble dryer.

Most backpacks haven't been waterproof while new. Why should we expect that after washing? the typical PU-coatening wears off with time and seams are always leaking.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
 

taigirl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
Look at the website of the manufacturer of your pack. I'm pretty sure you'll find instructions there.
Firstly thank you all for the priceless advice I have received here! I have been wearing my loaded backpack on my training walks for many months now. I live in a high humidity area in Queensland, Australia and would like to wash my backpack prior to my mid September Camino Frances. I’m not a seasoned hiker so have never done this before.
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
Gentle wash in the bath with velvet soap on grubby areas. Might see you in September!
 

Mark B

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF & Finesterre (4-5/2011); Roncesvalles to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, CdN-Primitivo (2-4/2014).
You don't want oily detergent residue in the hip belt webbing in particular, which can make the belt slippery and unable to hold firm in the friction buckle. If you're belt slips, you end up carrying the weight of the pack on your shoulders instead of your hips, which is not good.

I don't wash my packs very often, but I won't use a regular detergent again. It pains me to pay those kinda prices, but I'll use one of the technical cleaners mentioned above that doesn't leave a residue.
 

cbacino

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte - Primitivo (2018)
Via Francigena (2017)
Appalachian Trail (2016)
Firstly thank you all for the priceless advice I have received here! I have been wearing my loaded backpack on my training walks for many months now. I live in a high humidity area in Queensland, Australia and would like to wash my backpack prior to my mid September Camino Frances. I’m not a seasoned hiker so have never done this before.
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
If your pack has an internal frame, like a bent fiber rod, remove it, then put pack in the washer.
 

malingerer

Active Member
@Hilarious, I don't have anything to add about how you might wash your pack, but I would suggest you consider that you do it just before returning to Australia, particularly if you have been carrying food products in the pack. I have been stopped in the past by the sniffer dogs in the baggage hall, and even though I was not carrying any fruits or other foods, had to completely unpack the pack and it was subjected to the most rigourous inspection I have ever seen. On following trips, I have used a damp sponge or face washer and soapy water to wash and rinse off the inside and outside of the back.
this could be applied to some pilgrims as well! :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Like Chrissy, I hosed mine down between Caminos and let it dry in the sun.
Then, year before last, I got disgusted and threw it away in a bus station in Cordoba.
Partially because I felt I was finished walking Caminos, but also because it stunk to high heaven.
Now I'm sorry.
I've never found another pack I loved so much.
Arcteryx stopped making that model and I can't find a 30L top loader with as much support, as sturdy.

Have you thought about having it dry cleaned?
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
Like Chrissy, I hosed mine down between Caminos and let it dry in the sun.
Then, year before last, I got disgusted and threw it away in a bus station in Cordoba.
Partially because I felt I was finished walking Caminos, but also because it stunk to high heaven.
Now I'm sorry.
I've never found another pack I loved so much.
Arcteryx stopped making that model and I can't find a 30L top loader with as much support, as sturdy.

Have you thought about having it dry cleaned?
Thank you all for your suggestions and experiences. The pack is washed! Had to send away for the wash Gearaid. Have just ordered a special permethrin spray for spraying the pack (could not get this at the outdoor shops where I live) so I’ll be good to fly out on 15 September. Dougfitz, had a dream last night about customs and having carried bananas in my pack! Good advice you gave me.
 

Theo59

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2022
Firstly thank you all for the priceless advice I have received here! I have been wearing my loaded backpack on my training walks for many months now. I live in a high humidity area in Queensland, Australia and would like to wash my backpack prior to my mid September Camino Frances. I’m not a seasoned hiker so have never done this before.
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
Just my oppinion: Washing machine. Program with cold water for sencitive cloths. Repeat twice.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Just my oppinion: Washing machine. Program with cold water for sencitive cloths. Repeat twice.
I have packs made by Deuter, Osprey and Fjallraven amongst others. All three are clear about NOT putting their packs into a washing machine. @C clearly's advice earlier in this thread would be my approach. Manufacturer's care instructions are relatively easy to find on the web if you are in doubt.
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018, 2018;Camino Portuguese 2019
What’s the best way to go about this in your opinion?
My neighbour and fellow perigrino for CF 2018 simply throws his backpack in the swimming pool for a few days and then hangs it out to dry...

Cannot vouch for his methods, but seems to work for him!

Would think that a hand wash in warm soapy water, several rinses in fresh water then hang out to dry should do - but I would wonder about any waterproofing that had been applied in the manufacturing process - manufacturers website might be informative...
 

David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
I have enjoyed this thread - a new question! A rare occurence for me as I rather like the travel-worn look, but I generally use a scubbing brush and detergent liquid soapy water, then hose down and leave to hang dry - I only wipe the inside gently - and I always waterproof spray it afterwards.

Has anyone had theirs dry cleaned?

@Hilarious - I see you have now cleaned yours - what did you use, how did you do it and how did it turn out?
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
Hello!

I did thrown my backpack along my pants and some sport-shirts in the washing-program for outdoor-clothing (I think its a mix of wool and sensitive-programs on my washing-machine, more water and less agitation, 30°C) used liquid outdoor detergent and the pack (Meteor, I think it's the OEM for Decathlon) came out like new.

Hope that helps.

Buen Camino!
Roland
 

Theo59

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2022
Hello!

I did thrown my backpack along my pants and some sport-shirts in the washing-program for outdoor-clothing (I think its a mix of wool and sensitive-programs on my washing-machine, more water and less agitation, 30°C) used liquid outdoor detergent and the pack (Meteor, I think it's the OEM for Decathlon) came out like new.

Hope that helps.

Buen Camino!
Roland
Gob bless the inventor of them. :)
 

Phoenix

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, CF: partial
2016, CF: SJPdP to Burgos/Leon to SdC
2018, CF: partial
2019, CP
Although no doubt some will think it utterly barbaric, I take mine to a self-serve car wash (pack brands: Osprey, Gregory, Deuter). I use the soap in the wand and rinse using the same wand (on low pressure setting) then hang out to dry in the sun.

When I first began caring for outdoors equipment, I bathed my gear as I would a newborn babe. Then, much like caring for a 2nd, 3rd, or additional child, I learned that most gear is resilient and to just employ the easiest/fastest way to clean.
 

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