Handbag Dry Cabinet Dry Box Storage

Handbag Care 101: Cleaning and Preventing Mold

Handbags are our trusty companions through thick and thin, but they can also fall victim to the sneakiest of culprits: mold. Nobody wants their favorite bag to turn into a moldy mess, right? So, let's roll up our sleeves and learn the ins and outs of cleaning and preventing mold on our precious handbags.

60+ Mold On Leather Bag Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images -  iStock

Step 1: Identify the Mold

First things first, you've got to know what you're dealing with. Mold usually appears as fuzzy, discolored spots on your bag's surface. It thrives in damp, dark places, so if you've left your bag in a humid environment for a while, mold might be the culprit.

Step 2: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before you dive into cleaning, make sure you have the right tools on hand. You'll need:

- Mild soap or leather cleaner (make sure it's suitable for your bag's material).
- Warm water.
- Soft, clean cloth or sponge.
- A toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Dry, clean towels.

Step 3: Test a Small Area

Always play it safe! Test your chosen cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of your handbag first. This ensures it won't cause any damage or discoloration. Once you're in the clear, proceed with confidence.

Step 4: Start with Gentle Cleaning

Dampen your cloth or sponge with the soapy water (just a small amount of soap) and gently wipe away the moldy spots. Avoid scrubbing too hard, as it can damage the bag's surface. Patience is key here.

Step 5: Toothbrush Magic

For stubborn mold, a toothbrush with soft bristles can be your best friend. Dip it in the soapy water and gently brush the affected areas. This helps get into the nooks and crannies where mold loves to hide.

Step 6: Rinse and Dry

Once you're satisfied that the mold is gone, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any soap residue. Then, dry your bag thoroughly with a clean towel. Mold loves moisture, so you want to make sure your bag is bone dry.

Step 7: Prevent Future Mold

Now that your bag is mold-free, it's time to take some preventive measures:


(i) Mould-proof sprays

There are a few mould-proof sprays and lotions that you can apply to your bags and valuables. These sprays and lotions coat your bags and valuables in a mould-proof layer, and helps to prevent mould for a certain amount of time.

• Quick fix
• Easy to use
• Cheap

• Only works for a short amount of time
• Might leave a weird texture on the bag
• Might contain harmful chemicals

(ii) Silica Gel Packs

Silica Gel Packs can be placed in the cupboard together with your bags, and can absorb some surrounding moisture, preventing your bags from getting mouldy. 


  • Super easy to use
  • Cheap


  • Might not be that effective due to non-airtight cupboards
  • Still unable to control humidity levels

Check out Dr Bags Professional Leather Care Kit here completed with a set of cleanser, moisturiser and WREN's polishing microfiber pure white cloth, perfect for some DIY cleaning.

EDRY Taiwan-Auto Dry cabinet for handbags, shoes, leather bags and other  luxury products

(iii) Dry cabinets

Dry cabinets are enclosed, air-tight cupboards that allow you to control the humidity levels. They not only allow you to protect your bags from the effects of high humidity, but you can also set the ideal temperature for your bags. Dry cabinets are also able to maintain a lower humidity rate of about 45-55% relative humidity, which is the optimal humidity level for bags, valuables, and electronics.


  • Able to set optimal humidity level and temperature
  • Much cheaper in the long run compared to professional cleaning
  • Less mess than sprays
  • Different sizes!


  • Larger models may be bulky

Check out recommended Dry Cabinets here

Voilà! You're now armed with the knowledge to rescue your handbags from moldy doom and keep them looking fabulous for years to come. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving your favorite fashion companions. Happy bag-cleaning, everyone! 🌟