If you have ever worn Crocs, you know that they’re easy to slip on and off and that they stay on your feet—no slipping around inside the shoe like there is with some other brands! However, you will likely want to wash your Crocs at some point, as they can get dirty pretty quickly. The question is: can Crocs be washed?
All styles of Crocs are washable. The Iconic Crocs can be cleaned with soap and water. Fuzzy Crocs can be washed in the delicate cycle of your washing machine and air-dried. Crocs winter boots and canvases cannot be machine-washed; they must be hand-washed with mild soap and air-dried.
It’s easy to ignore the fact that Crocs are shoes that need cleaning. After all, they’re simple and don’t have many parts. Since they don’t have laces or straps, there aren’t many crevices for dirt to hide in. But when you look closely, you’ll see that even the simplest things need maintenance every once in a while.
I know you’re probably wondering how to clean Crocs in the most efficient, effective way possible. Wonder no more. Join me as I go over the different styles of Crocs and how you can keep them clean!
Should I Wash My Crocs?
If your Crocs are dirty, consider washing them to keep them in good shape—their easy-to-clean design is one of the factors that influenced your decision to buy them in the first place!
For best results, hand-wash Crocs Classic Clogs and other styles made with the company’s signature Croslite™ with mild soap and cold water.
You can also wash your Crocs in the gentle cycle of a washing machine, but it’s a good idea to put them inside a mesh bag, so they don’t get caught in any of the machine’s mechanisms.
How to Wash Fuzzy Crocs
While fur-lined Crocs can keep your feet warm during cold months, their linings will become smelly and dirty if not cleaned properly.
Please note that these Crocs shoes cannot be machine-washed. It’s advisable to handwash the shoes and their linings with cold water and mild soap. It would be best if you even washed the faux linings individually.
Washing Fur Lined Crocs
As you prepare to wash your fur-lined Crocs, gather these materials:
- Some mild laundry or dishwashing detergent
- Cold water
- Two washbasins
- A soft cloth
Step 1: Pour some detergent into the washbasin.
Pour a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, a capful of laundry detergent, and three inches of water into the washbasin. The water should be deep enough for the shoes, but you can add more water if necessary.
Step 2: Detach the fur linings from the Crocs.
To remove the fur lining from a Crocs shoe, flip the heel of the shoe up and over. Then, while pressing your thumb on the rivet button, lift the lining from the right side of the shoe. Repeat the process on the left side of the shoe.
Follow step two to detach the lining from the second shoe.
Step 3: Soak the linings and wash the Crocs.
Put the Crocs and their linings into the soapy water and scrub the shoes with a soft cloth. Rinse the Crocs with cold water, then set them aside to air-dry.
Leave the linings to soak for at least 30 minutes.
Step 4: Handwash the linings together.
The easiest way to clean the linings quickly is to rub them together gently. Rinse them with cold water, then wring them gently to get the excess water out. Afterward, drape them over a shower rod, clothesline, or tower bar to air-dry.
Step 5: Reattach the linings to the Crocs
When the linings are dry enough, slide them back into the Crocs. Fasten them over the rivets, so they don’t slip out. Then turn the linings heel area around over the Crocs’ heels.
Is It Easy to Wash Signature Croslite Crocs?
Croslite Crocs are comfortable and lightweight, which makes them the favorite footwear for everyday activities. However, it would help if you cleaned them after playing on the beach or going on a short nature walk.
Washing Classic Crocs, Flip Flops, Slides (Crocs made with Croslite)
If you own Crocs manufactured with Croslite foam and would like to wash them, here are the materials you will need:
- Mild dish detergent
- Magic Eraser
- Soft cloths
- Scrub brush
Step 1: Rinse the Crocs with clean water.
Start by rinsing your Crocs with ordinary water, which will cleanse most of the dirt on them. You may mix the water with dish detergent if the dirt on your shoes proves stubborn.
Step 2: Wipe Off Dirt and Grime
If your Croslite Crocs have accumulated dirt and grime on the surface, you might need to clean them. One way to do so is with a magic eraser; another is to add bleach to the cleaning water. The latter method should be avoided unless the stains are stubborn.
Step 3: Scrub the Dirt Away
To clean the Crocs, fill a tub with warm water and add a squirt of dish soap. Scrub the dirt off with a scrub brush and rinse them thoroughly.
Air-dry the shoes. Once they’re dry enough, you’re good to go.
Can I Scrub My Canvas Crocs While Washing Them?
Crocs are produced from various materials, including Croslite, canvas, and leather. If you want something more casual, the canvas is a great choice—it’s easy to wash and perfect for summer days.
Like other shoes, canvas Crocs can be scrubbed clean. Please note that canvas Crocs are made of fabric and not leather. This means dirt can get stuck on them more easily than leather shoes.
As such, you should take care to wash your canvas Crocs by hand. If you wash them in the washing machine, the glue found in the soles may seep out and cause damage to your washing machine.
Remember that the shoes will shrink in a hot dryer; it’s best to air-dry them. To clean your canvas Crocs the right way, please follow the steps below.
Washing Canvas Crocs
When you are ready to wash your canvas, gather these materials:
- Bowl or sink
- Sponge or cloth
- Laundry stain remover
- Soft brush
Step 1: Remove the shoelaces.
Before cleaning canvas Crocs with shoelaces, remove the laces. Immerse the laces in a sink or bucket full of soapy water and rub them together in the water.
After thoroughly cleaning them, rinse them with water. Then, let them air-dry hanging from a line or clothesline.
Step 2: Scrub the canvas shoes.
Before you start to wash your canvas Crocs, dip the soft brush into some soapy water. Then, use the brush to scrub small sections of the shoe until the entire shoe has been washed. Be gentle while cleaning—you don’t want the print or labels to come off.
Step 3: Remove tough stains.
If the soft brush doesn’t remove stains on your canvas Crocs, try using a stain remover. Follow the directions on the bottle and let the stain remover sit on the stain for about ten minutes before rinsing it out.
Step 4: Sponge the canvas Crocs.
To clean your shoes, dampen a sponge or cloth with water and wring out any excess water before gently wiping the shoes.
If you need to remove dirt from the Croslite soles, use a toothbrush in addition to the damp sponge or cloth.
Step 5: Pat the shoes with a towel.
Clean the shoes thoroughly with a clean towel and allow them to air dry.
Can I Wash My Leather Crocs?
Crocs sells some models with leather uppers. The leather Crocs typically have some portion of their uppers that are leather, while their soles are either made of Croslite, rubber, or a combination of both. Let’s discuss how to clean each model of Crocs leather shoes.
Smooth Napa Leather Crocs
If your Crocs are made of Smooth Napa Leather, lightly dust them with a damp rag. Apply shoe cream or wax in a circular motion to protect the leather from cracking.
Patent Leather Crocs
Patent leather Crocs can be cleaned with a damp cloth or a product designed to clean patent leather. Resist the temptation to use harsh chemicals such as alcohol, detergent, and liquid, so as not to dull the shoes’ shine.
Standard Leather Crocs
You can clean regular leather Crocs with a damp cloth or soft brush. Apply shoe cream with a soft brush or cotton rag to the leather uppers of the shoes to preserve their natural luster.
Final Thoughts: Happy Washing!
Washing your Crocs is easy! Just follow these simple steps, and you will never have to second-guess whether or not to toss your Crocs in the washing machine.
The best part is that these methods are eco-friendly, so they are much gentler on the environment than heavily chlorinated water. Happy washing!