i don't know what material it's made out of, maybe a vinyl type of material with fabric inside? anyway, it really smells cuz i had to take home a tupperware container that had garlic vinaigrette (sp?) in it and i think it leaked a little. this is basically the only purse i use, so i really need to get it cleaned. can i just toss it into the washer without any damage? please help - i can't take the smell any longer!!