Wondering how to clean Crocs?
You’re in the right place.
I have WAY too much experience with this. I’ve had 10 pairs of crocs in my life. And that’s just me…
I also have two kids and a husband that love Crocs just as much as I do.
And after working 12 hour shifts 3 times a week, my dog won’t even come near my shoes when I kick them off. So, yeah, I’m an expert on washing Crocs and removing foul odors.
In this guide, I’ll walk you through how to clean every type of Crocs including traditional ones, fur-lined ones (also known as fluffy or fuzzy Crocs), leather Crocs, and Canvas ones too.
I’ll even show you my secret for cleaning super dirty white Crocs.
NOTE: NEVER buy white shoes for kids. Just don’t.
How to Clean Your Crocs Quickly and Easily Without Burning the House Down
OK, this is dead easy.
First, run your Crocs under the faucet for a bit to get the first layer of heavy dirt off. You don’t want that in the sink when you do the deep clean.
Now, fill up the sink with some lukewarm water. Make sure it’s more cold than hot.
Next, throw in a bunch of dish soap and grab a sponge or rag.
All you need to do from here is clean every inch until they’re ready to go. I recommend dish detergent more than any other cleaner. Some cleaners have chemicals that could damage your Croc’s Croslite material.
Once they’re clean, let them dry by a fan. DO NOT put them in the sunlight.
Fur-Lined Crocs (Sometimes Called Fluffy or Fuzzy)
DO NOT THROW THESE IN THE WASHING MACHINE!
REPEAT: DO NOT THROW FUZZY CROCS IN THE WASHING MACHINE.
This will destroy your Crocs and could even start a fire.
The fur can’t be removed, so we need to get a bit creative.
Grab yourself a dish brush or another type of light scrubber and a bit of dish soap. Again, I recommend dish soap because it’s strong but mild.
Put a bit of soap in your shoe and rinse it with warm water. I usually do this 2-3 times. Fill the shoe, pour it out, repeat. This is to get all the big gunk and dirt out before we really clean.
Once you finish rinsing it out, put a bit more soap in - just a tad - and fill it about halfway with water again. Now SCRUB IT TO DEATH!!! GET IN THERE!.
Scrub all over inside until you can’t smell the sweat anymore. Once you’re done, wash the outside very gently with the brush or with a rag. To dry them, throw them next to a fan or AC until they’ve dried off.
I don’t personally do this, but I know some hardcore Crocs-a-holics that go the extra mile and use baking soda or even dried oatmeal! These people are crazy!
Here’s what to do:
If you really want to be hardcore, you can take your shoes to the dry cleaners. But I’m just not about that life.
NOTE: Do not squeeze the water out like you would a towel. This could damage your Crocs.
OK, Ms. Fancy. Someone has some money to burn.
If for some reason you’re wearing leather Crocs around the house, let me clue you in a bit on how difficult your life is going to be.
You can’t just clean leather Crocs in the sink or the washing machine.
You’re going to need legit, genuine leather shoe cleaner or at the very least some soft shoe cream.
Take a very lightly damp rag and gently get the dirt off first. Then use another slightly damp rag with leather cream to restore that beautiful shine. You should consider investing in protector spray as well, since this will stop them from getting too wet and losing their shine/composition.
Canvas Crocs are actually pretty easy to clean. It’s basically like a normal shoe.
Remove the shoelaces first, then soak the shoes in warm soapy water.
Let them sit for 20-30 minutes, then remove and grab yourself a toothbrush. Put some soap on it and start scrubbing out all of the spots and excess dirt. If this isn’t enough, use a tiny bit of stain remover.
Hang them out to dry outside or by the window with a fan. The sun won’t do much damage to them like other types of Crocs.
BONUS - White Crocs
Ah, white shoes. Who on Earth thought of this?
My kids have absolutely destroyed their white Crocs, and I will never buy another pair.
But, if you for some reason think you want to go through the torment of actually having to clean every day, be my guest.
Here’s the good news…
Since white Crocs can’t get discolored the same way as other Crocs, it’s totally fine to use some bleach in a bucket to clean them.
First, clean them like you would Classic Crocs with soapy water. Then, drain the sink and fill it back up with warm water and add bleach.
But remember, only use a very small amount of bleach. Like a little dash of it. If you use too much you could actually stain the Crocs yellow a bit.
Conclusion - Cleaning Crocs is Easy
Crocs are so easy to clean, and taking 5-10 minutes to clean them could extend their lifetime by years…seriously. Not to mention actually make them wearable in public.
If you think of any other ways to clean your Crocs, let me know!
Q: How do you deep clean dirty Crocs?
A: You deep clean dirty crocs by soaking them in lukewarm water and using a scrubber with soap. Wash them out with water several times to remove the heavy gunk, then scrub the insides vigorously. If you just have Classic Crocs, you can deep clean with a toothbrush and warm water.
Q: How do you clean rubber Crocs?
A: You can clean rubber Crocs by running them under the faucet and rubbing off the dirt, then soaking them in warm soapy water and cleaning them with a rag or a sponge. By the way, Crocs are not rubber. They’re Croslite.
Q: How do you make Crocs look new?
A: You make Crocs look new by vigorously cleaning them on a regular basis, and making sure not to take them off road or work out in them. If you have white Crocs, you can use a dash of bleach in the water to make them look like new.
Q: Can I put my Crocs in the washing machine?
A: Yes, you can put Classic Crocs in the washing machine. Set the machine to gentle and make sure to pack in some other clothes and towels before turning the machine on. You can’t wash fur-lined Crocs in the washing machine, though. It will destroy the shoe and also poses a fire hazard.
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