How to Clean Crocs Without Ruining Them

What's the best way to clean Crocs? Learn how to clean Crocs of all types, including standard foam, leather, and Crocs lined with fur.

Crocs have become so popular that you can spot them everywhere: from leisure strolls to emergency rooms, schools, malls, and even high-fashion runways. But like every other shoe, they get dirty and need to be cleaned.

In this article, we explain how to clean your Crocs by hand washing or machine washing, depending on their material. This includes standard foam Crocs as well as leather, suede, and fur-lined styles. 

And we aren’t just telling you; we’ll walk you through each step so you don’t ruin your Crocs. (Pun intended.)

What you’ll need

  • A basin or a sink with a stopper
  • Mild soap 
  • A soft-bristled brush or toothbrush (for handwashing)
  • A machine with a gentle or delicate cycle (for machine washing)
  • Cold or lukewarm water
  • Baking soda and vinegar (for really tough stains)


How to clean Crocs (all types)

Crocs come in different materials, and while some can be safely machine-washed, others require hand washing. It's essential to know which type of Crocs you have to ensure you don’t damage them. 

According to the Crocs company, standard foam (Croslite), rubber, or synthetic material Crocs are generally safe for the washing machine. On the other hand, Crocs with fur lining, leather, suede, or other delicate materials should be hand washed. 

Don't worry; we've got you covered with detailed instructions for both cleaning methods, so you can keep your Crocs fresh and clean, no matter the type.

How to clean Crocs by hand

To clean your Crocs by hand, start by shaking or rinsing off the loose dirt. If you have charms attached, remove them to prevent damage. Next, squirt a few drops of mild dish soap into a basin of lukewarm water. Dip a sponge in the soapy solution and gently scrub your Crocs. After washing, rinse thoroughly and air dry.

Step 1: Rinse off loose dirt

Start by rinsing your foam Crocs under running water to remove any loose dirt, mud, or debris. Use your hands to gently rub off any surface grime. If your shoes have any attached charms, remove them before cleaning to prevent damage and to clean them thoroughly. 

To remove charms: Check the back of the charms to see if they have small tabs or clasps. Gently unhook or release these tabs to detach the charms from the holes on your Crocs.

Step 2: Prepare a soapy solution

Next, fill a basin or container with lukewarm water. Add a few squirts of mild dish soap and mix it to create a soapy solution.

Step 3: Clean your Crocs

Dip a soft sponge or brush into the soapy water and wash the entire surface of your Crocs. Be sure to clean both the outside and inside. 

Remember to clean any dirt that might have accumulated in the holes where your charms used to be attached. You can do this using a toothbrush or toothpick. 

For stubborn soil stains, use a soft-bristled brush and apply a bit of extra pressure, but be gentle to avoid damaging the foam.

Step 4: Clean hard-to-reach areas and tough stains

Use an old toothbrush to clean the grooves on your shoes' bottom and under the rivet where the heel strap attaches to the clog. This will help you get into those tricky spots and remove any remaining dirt.

If you have stubborn stains on your Crocs that won't come off (like acrylic paint on your children's Crocs) try using a toothbrush and gentle laundry detergent to scrub them away.

If the stains persist, create a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected areas. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before adding a bit of vinegar. Then, scrub the stain again with your brush.

Step 5: Rinse thoroughly and dry

Once you're satisfied with the cleaning, rinse your Crocs thoroughly under running water to remove any soap residue. Then, use a clean towel to wipe off excess water. Crocs. Place them in a well-ventilated area to air dry. 

Pro tip: Whether you’re hand washing or machine washing your Crocs, avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or placing them in a dryer, as this can cause the shoes to shrink or warp. Instead, always air dry them away from direct sunlight.

How to clean Crocs in the washing machine

Follow these directions to clean machine washable Crocs: 

  • If you have any charms attached, remove them first. 
  • Place the Crocs in your washing machine and add a small amount of mild laundry detergent.
  • Select a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water.
  • Start the washing machine and let the cycle complete.
  • Air dry the Crocs in a well-ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. 
  • Once dry, reattach the charms if desired.

How to clean fuzzy Crocs (lined with fur)

Cleaning your fuzzy Crocs is similar to the hand washing method above: start by removing any loose dirt or debris and gently clean with mild soap and warm water. After washing, air dry the fuzzy Crocs in a well-ventilated area. Then, gently fluff the fur with your fingers to restore its softness and appearance.

However, don’t scrub your fuzzy Crocs with a brush, as it can damage the fur. Simply use your fingers to rub in the soapy solution.

Clean your Crocs regularly

Regularly clean and properly care for your Crocs to ensure they stay nice, smell fresh, and extend their lifespan. As a bonus tip, if you own fleece-lined Crocs, fill cloth bags with baking soda and place them inside your Crocs when not in use. This helps to absorb any odor and moisture.

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