Washing a Coach Purse

The other day, I did what most women (some men too, I’m sure) would gasp in horror at me for doing… I put my Coach diaper bag in the washing machine… *GIANT GASPS FROM EVERYONE!!!!*

I know, I know! I almost cried as I gently placed my Coach diaper bag into a Coach protective bag and lowered it down into the washing machine… but it had to be done.

You see, earlier this year, I bought a Coach diaper bag in anticipation of getting pregnant and as a school bag because the deal was just too good to pass up. But me, being somewhat cheap on my clothes, had also been wearing some jeans from Target, Mossimo I think, and that stupid blue dye rubbed off on EVERYTHING! Let me say, those pants have been washed a hundred bazillion times and the blue still rubs off on my skin, my couch, my clothes, and sadly, my purses.

In getting my diaper bag packed for the hospital in anticipation of the arrival of our daughter, I decided that the blue stain on the white strip across it had to be cleaned. I did EVERYTHING I could to wash it off by hand (super diluted detergent and water, Coach cleaner, etc) but nothing was working so I did a little research and came across someone who put theirs in their washing machine in a delicates bag and it came out looking brand new. I was skeptical but then started thinking, “Who makes a diaper bag so expensive that you can’t wash it? I mean really! Eventually it’s going to get poop, pee, vomit, or something else on it.”

Let me go off on a rabbit trail for a second. First, my Coach bag is the Coach Signature Stripe diaper bag tote in tan and white. It is primarily made of canvas material so it is tough and durable. I would NEVER recommend this on a leather bag. Second, this diaper bag used to retail, when it was new, for $398. I happened to get mine (thanks to a broke college student) with the tags and receipt showing the matching serial number for $110. Even though $110 is expensive for a diaper bag, it is CHEAP for a Coach.

So, I took a Coach linen bag from a previous Coach purse I had bought and put the diaper bag in it. I put the washer on warm/cold on a gentle cycle with minimal soap and it came out look brand spanking new! I let it air dry, hanging on a hanger so it wouldn’t dry in a funky shape, and it looks great! All of the blue dye is gone! It did dry a little wrinkled (it’s pretty humid here in Florida this time of year) but nothing a hand steamer won’t make look brand new. I hope that helps!

Edited: Also, what I’ve found to be super handy is to carry around a Tide To Go Pen so that if you’re out and something happens to your bag, you can at least get the spot removal working for the time being until you can get home to clean it better. I’ve pasted a link to the pens below.

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  • April

    I washed my purse very similar to your diaper bag tonight. It had gotten so dirty over the past 3 years. I wash shocked when it came out perfect. Would only do this as a last ditch effort, but it worked with mine. So excited!!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      I ended up having to machine wash my Signature Carly bag too and it came out just fine! I would definitely say it’s a last ditch effort though! I’d probably also say to not do that with leather.ReplyCancel

  • Kimmi

    i have a coach signature legacy satchel, among 11 other bags… however the satchel needs help with the matching wallet.. it is in its dust bag in the closet.. but I’m going to try the machine.. the leather on it is extremely thick.. its a heavy metal, lethal bag.. i think it will handle it.. thanks for the post.. i wouldn’t recommend this for leather, satin, suede.. etc… wonder if it will work for my legacy striped makeup bag….ReplyCancel

  • Sheila

    I have a fabric coach purse and it just got dingy too quick. It would have taken forever to spot clean. So I took the risk and put it in the washer with a little bit of detergent, diluting it with a little bit of water on the gentle cycle for about 30min warm water. Its a gold and beige color. I lay flat to dry now it looks shiny new. I’m glad with results but it’s definitely at each your own risk.ReplyCancel

  • lauren

    hi i have i got a coach purse its a silver carly and i love this bag but over the years it’s gotton so dirty can i wash it even though it has a leather strap?ReplyCancel

    • admin

      It’s definitely a “wash at your own risk” thing, but what I can tell you is that the way I did it, the strap came out just fine.ReplyCancel

  • Sanntay

    I took a chance and put my signature Coach in the washing machine. I bought this purse on ebay, and when I received it, it had this awful old lady perfume smell that was way too strong and I couldn’t tolerate it. I used Febreze on two separate occasions and set the purse out in the sun, but it still reeked. I washed the bag for a short time on the delicate cycle and air dried it overnight. It looks great and smells SO MUCH BETTER!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Help! My dog spilled a full chocolate shake on my navy coach diaper bag. Its not stained but how do I clean it? I saw you put your coach in a protective bag? Is it the brown one it comes with to travel with or is it white? Please help!ReplyCancel

  • Lacy

    I have a purse that looks just like yours. Yours has the lesther handles right? I dont have my dust bag, would it be okay just to buy a delicates bag to wash it in. Please help my purse is looking horrible!!!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Absolutely! Any garment bag for delicates would work!ReplyCancel

  • nicole

    I have a coach poppy bag. Its a cloth material. My dog had peed on it! Oh my god!I was thinking about putting it in the washer. Should I just put it in the coach protecting bag it came with and put it on a delicate setting? So nervous but I need it cleaned obviously.ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Oh my goodness! That is so terrible! I’m so sorry to hear that! I assume your dog is a little dog? I have two dogs, one of which is a little dog and oh man.. He is 7 and still pees where he shouldn’t. It’s so aggravating! I would definitely put it in the dust bag it came in and wash it on a delicate cycle, then let it air dry! BTW, sorry it took so long to write you back. I’m on maternity leave but still trying to blog!ReplyCancel

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