How to Care for Your Fanny Packs (2024 updated)

How to Care for Your Fanny Packs (2024 updated)

Fanny packs are a versatile and convenient promotional product for businesses. These hands-free bags allow customers to carry essentials while keeping their hands free. However, with regular use, fanny packs can start to show signs of wear and tear. To ensure your custom printed fanny packs maintain their vibrant colors and sleek appearance, proper care is essential.


This guide provides easy tips to clean and maintain your fanny packs, extending their lifespan and keeping your brand looking its best.

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith
5/19/2024, 5:42:51 PM

Fanny Packs: The Trendy, Accessory Making a Comeback


Fanny packs, also known as belt bags or hip packs, have made a major comeback in recent years as a convenient and trendy way to carry essentials hands-free. Originally gaining popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, fanny pack bags fell out of style for some time before recently reemerging as a must have accessory.


These days, it's common to see people wearing belt bags & fanny packs in a variety of colors, prints, and materials at concerts, festivals, amusement parks, while traveling, running errands, or just out and about. They are comfortable and convenient for keeping your essentials in arms reach and allows you to securely stash items like keychains, phone, wallet, sunglasses and more while keeping your arms free.


Beyond the practical benefits, many appreciate the retro, nostalgic vibe that promotional fanny packs give off. Styling a fanny pack with current trends can pull off a fun, quirky look. It's no wonder then that custom fanny packs and personalized fanny packs have become such a hit as promotional products and corporate gifts.


Branded Fanny Packs


Custom printed fanny packs from Promotional Product Inc. are a fantastic promotional tool for businesses. By adding your logo or custom designs, you create eye-catching giveaways that are likely to be used repeatedly. Whether you're opting for custom printed fanny packs, custom neon fanny packs, or custom fanny packs with logos, the options for creating unique custom fanny packs in bulk are endless. Plus, with no minimum order requirements, you have the flexibility to meet your specific needs.


With just a bit of routine cleaning and care, your custom fanny packs, personalized fanny packs, and other pouches will stay looking fresh and functioning properly for years of convenient, hands-free use.


You can use fanny packs to create fun and useful corporate gift sets and swags. Fill the fanny packs with branded items like pens, notepads, keychains, and sunglasses. Add your company logo to the fanny pack for a personal touch. These gift sets are great for events, trade shows, or as employee rewards. Fanny packs make the gifts easy to carry and practical to use, making them a hit with everyone.


Prerequisites to Caring for Your Fanny Packs


Before we dive into the steps to care for, clean, and maintain your fanny packs, let’s go over some important basics. These tips will help you keep your fanny pack in great shape, ensuring you don't accidentally damage it.


  • Know Your Material: Fanny packs can be made from different materials like nylon, polyester, canvas, or leather. Each material needs special care, so it's important to know what your fanny pack is made of.
  • Check the Manufacturer’s Instructions: Always read the care label or instructions that come with your promotional fanny pack. They have specific tips for your fanny pack's material and design.
  • Gather Your Cleaning Supplies: You'll need a mild detergent, a soft brush or cloth, and maybe a waterproofing spray. For tough stains, a gentle stain remover can help.
  • Prepare a Clean Workspace: Find a clean, flat surface to work on. Make sure the area is well-ventilated if you are using cleaning sprays or products.
  • Empty Your Fanny Pack: Before cleaning, take everything out of your fanny pack. Check all pockets to make sure they are empty.
  • Check for Damage: Look over your fanny pack for any tears, loose stitches, or broken zippers. Fix these problems early to keep your fanny pack in good condition.
  • Test Cleaning Products: Before using any cleaning product, try it on a small, hidden part of the fanny pack to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage or discoloration.


By following these easy steps, you'll be ready to care for, clean, and maintain your fanny pack. This way, your fanny pack will stay in excellent condition for a long time.


Clean Your Fanny Pack At Home


Caring for your fanny pack is essential to ensure its longevity and maintain its appearance. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to clean your fanny pack at home.:


Spot Cleaning

  1. For small stains or spills, use a soft cloth or brush dampened with mild soap and water. Gently dab or scrub the affected area.
  2. For tougher stains, you can use a small amount of diluted laundry detergent or stain remover. Test it first on a hidden area to ensure it doesn't discolor the fabric.
  3. Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the material.


Deep Cleaning

  • For a thorough cleaning, start by emptying all contents and turning the fanny pack inside out.
  • Fill a sink or bucket with cool water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Gently scrub the fanny pack with a soft-bristled brush or sponge, focusing on soiled areas.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residue.
  • Hang or lay the fanny pack flat to air dry completely before storing or using it again.


Caring for Different Materials

  • Nylon or Polyester: These materials are relatively easy to clean and can be spot cleaned or machine washed on a gentle cycle with mild detergent.
  • Canvas: Spot clean with a soft brush and mild soap. Avoid getting it too wet as it can cause shrinkage or distortion.
  • Leather: Use a leather cleaner and conditioner specifically designed for leather products. Avoid getting it too wet.


Additional Tips

  • Waterproof or re-waterproof your fanny pack after cleaning by using a waterproofing spray or treatment.
  • Store your fanny pack in a cool, dry place when not in use to prevent mildew or odors.
  • Check for any loose threads, fraying, or damage and repair them promptly to extend the life of your fanny pack.


By following these simple cleaning and care steps, your fanny pack will stay fresh, functional, and ready for your next adventure! Be sure to check out our other article, "Fanny Packs 101: A Guide to Their History, Benefits, and Customization Options"



Avoid Common Cleaning Mistakes


Here are some common cleaning mistakes to avoid when cleaning a fanny pack:


  • Using harsh chemicals or bleach: Harsh chemicals and bleach can damage and discolor the fabric of your fanny pack. Stick to mild detergents or soap specifically designed for the material of your fanny pack.
  • Machine washing without precautions: While some fanny packs can be machine washed, doing so without proper precautions like using a garment bag or delicate cycle can cause damage. Always check the manufacturer's instructions first.
  • Not allowing proper dwell time: When spot cleaning, let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes to penetrate the stain before rinsing. Not allowing dwell time reduces the effectiveness of the cleaning.
  • Using the same cloth for the entire cleaning: Using the same cloth to clean the entire fanny pack can spread dirt and bacteria around. Use a fresh cloth or sponge for different sections.
  • Scrubbing too hard: Vigorous scrubbing can damage the fabric or cause fading. Use gentle motions and a soft brush or cloth when cleaning.
  • Failing to empty pockets: Make sure to empty all pockets and compartments before cleaning to prevent items from getting wet or damaged.
  • Not drying properly: Improper drying can lead to mildew, odors, and fabric damage. Air dry your fanny pack completely before storing or using it again.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can effectively clean your fanny pack while preserving its condition and extending its lifespan.


Alternative Cleaning Methods


Here are some alternative cleaning methods that we found on the internet:


  • Make a DIY leather cleaner using vinegar and water. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Lightly mist the fanny pack and wipe clean with a soft cloth. The vinegar helps remove dirt and grime.
  • Use baking soda as a gentle abrasive. Make a paste with baking soda and water. Gently rub the paste onto stained areas of the fanny pack using a soft brush or cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping clean.
  • Try baby powder or cornstarch for grease stains. Sprinkle some baby powder or cornstarch over the grease stain and let it sit to absorb the oil. Brush off the powder and wipe the area clean.
  • For ink stains, use a damp cloth and mild soap solution. Dab the ink stain gently with the damp cloth, being careful not to spread it further. You can also try using a small amount of vinegar on the stain.
  • Put the fanny pack in a pillowcase or garment bag and machine wash on a gentle cycle with warm water. This can work for nylon or polyester fanny packs but avoid the dryer.
  • For canvas fanny packs, use a stiff brush and dish soap with hot water in the sink. Scrub gently and rinse thoroughly before air drying.
  • The key is to avoid harsh chemicals, excessive rubbing, and getting the fanny pack too wet, which could damage the material or hardware. Test any cleaning method on a small inconspicuous area first


Simple Storage Tips


Proper storage between uses is key to keeping fanny packs looking fresh and new. Avoid storing in plastic bags where moisture can get trapped, leading to mildew, musty odors, and potential material breakdown over time. Instead, keep fanny packs in a cool, dry place inside a breathable garment bag or storage bin.


When not in use, gently stuff fanny packs with acid-free paper to help retain their pouch shape and prevent creasing. Wrap custom printed fanny packs or those with designs in acid-free tissue paper first to prevent colours from transferring or logos from rubbing off onto other items. You can also use breathable fabric pouches designed for fanny pack storage.


For longer term storage between seasons, add a few silica gel packs into the fanny pack interior to absorb any residual moisture and prevent mildew growth. Cedar rings or blocks can also help deter musty odors and insects. Just be sure there is good air circulation by not sealing fanny packs up in an airtight container.


Some fanny pack wearers like to stuff their pouches with clothes, socks or fabrics when putting into storage. However, this should only be done with natural fiber materials like cotton. Avoid synthetics which can attract moisture and actually encourage mildew growth when packed tightly together for a prolonged period of time.


With proper breathable storage in a cool, dry spot, your custom fanny packs with logos or printed designs will stay fresh and vibrant until next wear. Just be sure to give them a quick cleaning before use if stored for over a month or two. Maintaining fanny packs between uses ensures these trendy accessories will remain in top condition for years to come.


Tips & Tricks


  • Re-waterproof nylon or polyester fanny packs yearly with a fabric waterproofing spray.
  • Clean fanny packs made of leather, suede or delicate fabrics professionally.
  • Use a small amount of whitening toothpaste to remove stubborn stains.
  • Deodorize smelly fanny packs by sprinkling baking soda inside, letting sit for a few hours, then vacuuming out.
  • Protect custom printed designs or logos by air drying inside-out.
  • Consider using a small fan to fully dry fanny packs faster after washing.
  • Store a dryer sheet inside before packing away to keep fresh between uses.
  • Avoid exposing fanny packs to excessive heat or sunlight which can cause fading and material breakdown over time.




Taking care of your fanny pack ensures it stays stylish and functional for years. You've learned how to clean different materials, avoid common mistakes, and store your fanny pack properly. Businesses can also use custom printed fanny packs as effective promotional gifts. To keep your fanny pack in top shape, follow these tips and make them part of your regular routine. Ready to promote your brand in style? Visit Promotional Product Inc. to order custom printed fanny packs and make a lasting impression with your corporate gifts!

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Lead Content Strategist

Olivia Smith is our Lead Content Strategist at, specializing in creating engaging, SEO-rich content. With a keen eye for market trends and a talent for storytelling, she brings our brand's message to life. Her expertise in digital marketing and passion for customer-centric narratives make her a pivotal part of our team. Join Olivia as she crafts compelling stories that drive brand awareness and value.