As the summer season starts to wind down, you may want to consider cleaning your flip-flops before storing them away for the winter. Washing your flip-flops will prevent the spread of dirt, debris and germs in your packing container. More importantly, though, you’ll feel like you have practically new shoes when you slip them on for the first time next summer (hopfully, saving you money as well!).
How to Clean Flip-Flops
In the Washing Machine: Regular cheap-ola flip-flops can be cleaned in the washing machine with regular detergent and warm water. Air dry.
Soaking: Soak rubber flip-flops in a sink, tub, or bucket full of warm water mixed with a cleaning solution like oxy-clean or even regular detergent. When dirt has loosened, scrub them with a scrub brush, old toothbrush, or scouring pad.
By Hand: More elaborate flip-flops like those with jewels or sandal type flip-flops may warent hand washing. You can scrub the soles of the shoes with a scrub brush, toothbrush, or scouring pad and a mixture of deterent and warm water. Use a damp, soft wash cloth to wipe down the top of the flip-flops, but take precautions when using a cleaning agent on more expensive materials.
Of course, if you read any of these articles,
- The Dirt on Flip Flops
- Can Your Flip-Flops Kill You
- Flip-Flops Are a Magnet for Dangerous, Deadly Bacteria
you may just want to throw your flip-flops away and never wear them again! YUCK!
Do you clean flip-flops? Do you buy new ones annually? Or do you forgo them all together?
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