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Be Ready to Summer – Learn How to Clean Your flip-flops

Flip-flops are very light and comfortable shoes for the summer, but our feet sweat even in such open shoes. This may cause an unpleasant smell from the feet and shoes. Let's find out how to wash your flops properly.

How to clean rubber flip-flops

Rubber flip-flops are cheaper than other types of these shoes and it is pretty easy to care for them. However, it will be useful to know some secrets.

Baking soda will easily cope with dirt and unpleasant odor

  1. Soak your flip-flops in warm water.
  2. Then, sprinkle them with soda. Leave for at least five minutes, and then rub with an old toothbrush.
  3. If after washing the smell still remains, mix baking soda with salt water so as to obtain pasta. Use a toothbrush to rub the insole, and then rinse with clean water.

Wash the flops

  1. The easiest and fastest way to clean rubber flip-flops is to put them in the washing machine.
  2. Use a delicate cycle, with a minimum temperature of the water.
  3. Laundry detergent and fabric softener perfectly cope with the smell.
  4. Dry the flops outdoors.
Avoid machine washing if your flip-flops are decorated with beads or stones! They can come off while washing and cause damage to the machine!

How to clean flip-flops decorated with beads

Flops have become an integral part of the summer wardrobe. Adults and children, men and women wear them in the city and on the beach. It is not surprising that there are very beautiful models with a variety of widgets. How to get rid of dust and dirt on the flops decorated with widgets? Let's find out!

  1. Inspect your shoes for damage.
  2. Once the damage is detected, it must be removed. If any thread with beads has broken, repair it. Perhaps rhinestones on your flip-flops need a little super glue.
  3. After you have checked the status of jewelry, you can start cleaning. To clear beaded shoes, use the mildest detergent. Shampoo or dishwashing detergent is suitable.
  4. Use only a soft brush to avoid damaging the shiny jewelry.
  5. Wash decorative elements of the flip-flops as quickly and carefully because the beads can be loosely painted.
  6. Thoroughly rinse with clean water to remove the soap residue.
  7. Thoroughly dry the flops outdoors.
  8. Enjoy the purity and shine of your shoes!
Pay attention! Never put on wet shoes!
  1. Damp insole easily accumulates dust and the flip-flops will be even dirtier than before washing.
  2. In the wet shoes, the risk of bacteria and, therefore, unpleasant odors increases.
  3. In the wet shoes, you can easily slip and get a sprain, dislocation or fracture. Take care of yourself!

Cleaning suede flip-flops

This advice is very unusual but extremely effective! If your suede soles are dirty and far from the perfect look, gently rub them with very fine sandpaper. This technique allows you to very well remove a layer of dirt.

Suede flip-flops can be cleaned with a small amount of soap (without dyes and fragrances) in warm water. For cleaning suede flops, you can use an old toothbrush but rub very gently and carefully.

Other tips and recommendations

  1. If you put a car flavoring into the bag with the flops for the night, then the next morning the shoes will have a pleasant aroma.
  2. One drop of essential oil of cedar, ylang-ylang and sandalwood give leather flip-flops very pleasant smell.
  3. Use talc for feet – it's a great way to combat sweating of the feet in the heat.
  4. Do not wear the same flip-flops every day – the shoes should dry out and be ventilated, get a replacement pair.

How to clean leather flip-flops

Dirt stains and other signs of wear appear on the leather shoes what leads to a rapid loss of a good look. Proper care of leather flip-flops depends on whether you know how to clean them and what you need. Leather shoes prone to cracks and damage when it loses moisture, and if you simply wash them it will further exacerbate the problem. Decide what should be done, what materials are needed, and you will quickly and efficiently clean your flip-flops.

What you'll need

  • dirty flip-flops;
  • two dry cloth;
  • soap and leather conditioner;
  • water.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Decide what part of the flops needs cleaning and how to cope with dirt and stains. On dirty flip-flops, there can be anything from dark bands to the dirt and stains from water and other liquids. You need to properly correlate the type of the stain and the desired result after cleaning. If you manage to avoid the use of water for cleaning, it will be good. Leather flip-flops will deteriorate faster when using the water.

    If there is only a small spot or you do not care the appearance, use soap. For a more delicate result, use a leather conditioner.  Soap pH is different from those chemicals that are used for coloring the leather, so the soap can have an adverse effect on the flops and destroy their fibers from the inside. Conditioner for leather shoes is designed specifically to avoid such problems.

  2. Wipe off all dirt and other solid particles with a dry cloth.
  3. Wet the cloth with soap or conditioner for leather and apply it on the shoes.
  4. Rub the stain softly and smoothly creating a bit of foam.
  5. Wipe the foam and conditioner with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Though you want to reduce the amount of moisture that falls on the flip-flops, it is important to thoroughly rinse the detergent. A damp cloth is perfect. Natural light and the sun will dry the leather shoes best of all. Do not try to rub the flip-flops to make them dry, and do not put them on until they are finally dried up.
  6. Leave the flip-flops in the sun to dry.
  7. Apply baking soda or baby powder to dry the flops and remove the odor.


Do not worry if after cleaning, the flops will little change the color. For heavily worn leather, the change of color is common. Once the footwear is dry, you can rub it with a special means for leather shoes to achieve the color restoration.

Clean the flops after a long journey or if they are very soiled. The best way to remove the dirt and stains is to do it as quickly as possible. Do not clean the shoes too often, or before a long use as the cleaning process is slightly harmful to the shoes.

Be careful

Never immerse leather shoes into the water. Proper care of leather shoes will help you to avoid more dirt. Sometimes people say that when they rubbed and washed sandals for hours, the stains only grow. Use water to a minimum. And rub gently.

Some of the treated leather or suede is very difficult to clean at home. If you have spent a lot of money on the shoes and want to wear them for years, then it is better to consult an expert.

Author: Anna Wallace