At one time, only pricier or designer bags came with dustbags. You know those fabric bags emblazoned with the name of the brand on it that new bags come in? Did you know some people collect those things? :P These days, most bags come with dustbags. What are you supposed to do with these dustbags?
Use them to store your bags when they are not in use of course!
There is a reason why its called a “dustbag” – its primary use is to keep dust and dirt off your bags while being stored. Its secondary use is to protect your bags from scratches or from getting stained (or in the case of the picture above, to prevent inquisitive lion cubs from peering into your bag :P ). Leather or fabric can sometimes be stained by coming into contact with metals, or darker colours and the dustbag stops this from happening when you store them in your closet.
What if your bag did not come with a dustbag?
So, what if your bag did not come with a dustbag? An old Coach bag I own did not. Do you run out and buy one? Nope – that’ll be a waste of money. Just use an old clean pillow case :D That is what I used to do with some older bags or bags that did not come with a dustbag.
Do not use plastic bags to store handbags
Whatever you do, do not use a plastic bag to store your bags. Plastic bags do not allow air circulation so your bags cannot “breathe”. This can encourage the growth of mould, bacteria or mildew on leather bags which ruins them.
No matter the price of your bag, you do not want it ruined through lack of care.
Bonus Tip: Stuff your bags to retain their shape
If you have a structured or semi-structured bag, stuff it with acid free paper or tissue paper in plain light colors e.g. white. This helps your bags keep their shape and stops them from creasing. You will notice that new bags usually come stuffed with white paper – white does not transfer colour unlike newspaper or printed or coloured paper. If you don’t have paper on hand, use an old light colored T-shirt as how I do it :)
Do you practice storing your bags in dustbags? If you don’t, it might be time to do so!