I’m sure you know the feeling: you take your shoes off after a long day and are met with the unpleasant smell of feet. Gross! And not to mention all the dirt and dust that accumulates on your shoes.
Luckily, there are ways to clean your shoes and get them smelling (and looking) good as new. Check out these tips below!
What do you need to start cleaning?
- Shoe cleaning kit
- Mild detergent
- Shoe polish
Remove the laces:
If your shoes have laces, remove them before you start cleaning. This will make it much easier to clean the shoes. Then, you can either place the laces in a small bag or container or tie them together.
Pour a small amount of laundry detergent onto the shoes:
When you remove the laces, you will also have access to the inside of the shoe. Pour a small amount of laundry detergent onto the shoes and use a toothbrush or other scrubbing tool to work the detergent into all the nooks and crannies on the shoes.
Rinse off the shoes with warm water:
After scrubbing the detergent into the shoes, rinse them off with warm water. Make sure to get all of the suds and soap off of them.
Let them air dry overnight:
Once you have rinsed the shoes off, let them air-dry overnight. Please do not put them in the dryer, as this can damage them. Letting them air dry will help them keep their shape and prevent cracking.
If your shoes are dirty or stained, you may need a shoe cleaning kit. A shoe cleaning kit typically comes with a brush, polish, and cloth.
Here are the steps to using a shoe cleaning kit:
- Remove the laces
- Apply polish to the brush
- Rub the polish into the shoes in a circular motion
- Wipe off any excess polish with the cloth
- Let the shoes dry for a few hours
- Re-lace the shoes
Shoe cleaning kits can be found at most department stores or online.
Whether using a shoe cleaning kit or just some simple household items, these tips will help you clean your shoes and get them looking and smelling great!
Thanks for reading! I hope these tips help you clean your shoes and get them looking and smelling great! 🙂 Remember to remove the laces before you start cleaning and let the shoe air-dry overnight. Happy cleaning! 🙂
Here are some frequently asked questions about how to clean your shoes.
Can I put my shoes in the dryer?
No, you should not put your shoes in the dryer. Putting them in the dryer can damage them. Letting them air dry will help them keep their shape and prevent cracking.
How can I make my shoes smell good?
If your shoes are starting to smell, you can try using a shoe deodorant or spray. There are many different types of shoe deodorants and sprays available, so you should be able to find one that fits your needs. You can also try stuffing the shoes with crumpled-up newspapers or using a baking soda and vinegar mixture.
How can I clean the soles of my shoes?
If the soles of your shoes are dirty, you can try using a toothbrush or other scrubbing tool to clean them. You can also use a shoe cleaning kit, which typically comes with a brush, polish, and cloth.
My shoes are starting to look old and worn. What can I do?
If your shoes are starting to look old and worn, you can try using shoe polish to restore their appearance. There are many different types of shoe polish available, so you should be able to find one that fits your needs. You can also try using a shoe cream or wax.