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How to Clean Flip Flops (or maybe just throw them away!)

how to clean flip flops and sandals

Have you ever wondered how to clean flip flops? Has it even crossed your mind to clean them? As the summer season starts to wind down, you may want to think about cleaning your flip flops and sandals before packing them away for Fall and Winter.

Since the bottom of flip flops, sandals, and just about every shoe is covered with germs and dirt, cleaning them will keep your packing container clean and prevent the spread of disgusting gunk (see links at the bottom of this post). More importantly, you’ll feel like you have practically new shoes when you slip them on for the first time next Summer. That should save you money and keep clutter from taking over your house too!

how to clean flip flops and sandals

How to Clean Flip Flops

If you’re ready to take the challenge and figure out how to clean those flip flops and sandals, there are several options to consider.

Clean flip flops in the washing machine:

How to clean different kinds of flip flops

Regular, plastic cheap-ola flip-flops can be cleaned in the washing machine with your regular laundry detergent and warm water. After the washing machine cycle is finished, take them out and let them air dry.

Clean flip flops by soaking them in a sink full of water:

You can soak rubber flip-flops in a sink, tub, or bucket full of warm water mixed with a cleaning solution like oxy-clean, dish detergent, or even a small amount of laundry detergent. When the dirt is soft and starting to turn the water brown, scrub your flip flops with a scrub brush, old toothbrush, or scouring pad.

Clean jeweled flip flops or sandals by hand:

how to clean decorative sandals

Decorative, jeweled flip flops or sandal type flip flops should probably be washed by hand so you don’t damage the jewels. You can scrub the soles of the shoes with a scrub brush, toothbrush, or scouring pad and a mixture of deterent and warm water. Then use a damp, soft wash cloth to wipe down the top of the shoes, but take precautions when using a cleaning agent on more expensive materials.

Or…you may just want to trash them

Of course, you may not want to go to the trouble of cleaning your shoes or packing them away until next year. Some of you are great at cleaning out the clutter and starting fresh the following year. If that’s you, more power to ya!

For those of you who have shoes from last decade, don’t read any of the below articles. You’ll never want to wear flip flops again! YUCK!

Do you clean flip-flops? Do you buy new ones annually? Or do you forgo them all together?

If you’re up for trying this cleaning tip, add it to your cleaning schedule. If you don’t have a cleaning schedule yet, here’s a guide to create your perfect cleaning schedule!