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Everyone loves them, but nobody likes to clean them. We’re talkin’ about Crocs, folks. I’ve mastered how to clean Crocs so you can keep your life moving. And you don’t need any fancy cleaning supplies — just cheap, everyday household supplies.
On average, the Classic Crocs retail for $50. Despite the numerous imitation brands (we see you, Ross Stores), you’ll still need a proven and consistent way to get them like new. These cleaning supply coupons should help in case you’re running low before you begin.
How to Clean Crocs
As you get started, dedicate a space like your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room to spread out. For the Classic Crocs styles, handwashing is the way to go. In a pinch, use your washing machine’s gentle cycle.
The brand’s signature Croslite™ foam material can absorb smells and dirt like nobody’s business. So add Crocs cleaning to your to-do list once a month.
1. Wash off the debris.
Whether it’s dirt, paint, or everyday germs, start with a clean water rinse. First, place your Crocs in a receptacle like a clear plastic storage bin. For built-up grime, fill the bin with water and let your Crocs soak for a moment. In our experience, a white distilled vinegar bath loosened the dirt, but it didn’t make a huge difference.
2. Grab the baking soda and a scrub brush.
In the world of cleaning supplies, baking soda is a magical cleaning powder that seems to clean nearly everything due to its gritty texture. And it’s less than $1 (in most places)! You’ll need a heavy-duty scrubber with a good grip (like Scrub Daddy) as well.
Pour a bit of baking soda on the entire Croc and let it sit in the water for five minutes. Then scrub gently until the surface dirt has been wiped away. We found that this combination — baking soda and a scrubber — worked the best for lifting debris.
If you’re looking for inexpensive cleaning solutions, here are some of the best baking soda uses for those other dirty projects around your house.
3. How to clean Crocs with other household supplies.
If it’s your first time cleaning your Crocs, you may grab everything under your sink and play a game of trial and error until you find what works best. We’ve done the experimentation for you.
Here are our best “how to clean Crocs” tips:
- Nail polish remover was phenomenal for the paint removal and hard spots.
- Use laundry soap and stain removers (like OxiClean) to get the straps clean.
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser was just okay and wasn’t very magical in removing built-in stains.
4. How to clean fuzzy Crocs.
For fuzzy Crocs, the cleaning process is pretty much the same. You can certainly wash Crocs with fur on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. Or hand clean gently with a mild detergent and warm water to get rid of stains, debris, and dirt. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the linings. After you’re done, let them air dry thoroughly.
5. How to clean leather and patent leather Crocs.
Your best bet to remove dirt from leather Crocs is to use a damp rag. Protect them with a water repellant spray, and keep them shiny with a leather cream. Just apply the cream with an applicator pad specifically made for leather.
For patent leather Crocs, all you need is a damp cloth — no chemicals. Apply the same cleaning method for Crocs’ heels and synthetic wedges. Just a damp cloth so you don’t break down the glue holding the shoe together.