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I love shoes. Especially comfortable flip flops. I am always watching other people's feet to see what kind of shoes they have. But I am often appalled when I see someone with cute shoes that are so nasty. Living in Florida I have lots of flip flops and sandals. If I wear a pair of shoes that match a particular outfit I will wash them that night. If it is an every day or neutral pair of shoes, then I will wash them every couple of days or when they feel dirty. I keep a small scrub brush right on the shelf by the washer. I put a little of the laundry soap on the flip flop and use the brush to scrub clean. And just throw them in the washer. When done I put them on top of the dryer to dry and they are usually dry by the time the clothes are dry. (In a pinch I have washed them in the shower if I needed by morning. I love fresh clean shoes! I have even washed some dress shoes. But never put any of them in the dryer.
Just don't do what some have done lately and run them through a dish washer cycle. They are also adding hair brushes. Your solution sounds great!!
I live in Florida on the beach, where flip flops are pretty much a uniform. When mine get dirty and sort of unmanageable, I either throw them in the wash or put them in the dishwasher. The dishwasher is better for the firm soled ones. Just remember to only use a cool dry cycle! If you use the washing machine remember they will dry better in full sunlight, or you can just leave them on top of your clothes dryer. Radiant heat will handle it.
By Louella from Billings, MT
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Has anyone has any tried washing flip flops in the washing machine? Did it work? Was it a tragedy? I am too lazy to wash them by hand and I've always wondered if the washing machine works?
Harleychic From SLC, UT
Many things have been used over the years. I usually used is a nail brush or the largest brush that'll fit between the straps; I've used Dawn detergent or shampoo. If you have crusty oil or tar spots, from walking along the ocean first apply an ice cube to freeze the spot then scrape off as much as you can before using other solvents/stain removers. If you have a solvent made just for removing heavy grease or tar, use that and it should work. Also use alcohol for ink stains; dry-cleaning solution for heavy-duty stains such as Magic Marker spots. If yours are the plastic flip-flops, you're safe using a variety of dirt/stain removers. If yours is made of other material, follow directions for stain removal for that fabric or leather.
Great suggestions. My daughter cleans hers in the shower with a toothbrush and simple dishwashing liquid. They look great.
LAZY GIRL'S GUIDE TO CLEAN FLIP FLOPS:
1. Wear flip flops while you shower to remove street dirt/grime. 2. Throw flip flops into a hot water bleach towel load to alleviate ground-in foot odour. If you're leaving the towels to soak for a few hours, leave 'em. They can take it! Remove before softener cycle. 3. Dry in the sun.
This works best on white/beige flip flops. But even the darker ones benefit from the disinfection. For ground in dirt, I love Mr. Clean MAGIC ERASER.
I need to know how to clean white hollister flip flops. HELP ANYONE!
I bought the new Hollister fabric flip flops and I tried cleaning one of them with the Tide To Go pen and it just made the stain darker, any help ?
Baby wipes work wonders for me.
So if you have old navys new flip-flop I would reccomend using a clorox wipe the orange package it really work! I have 55 pairs of flip flops that I wear daily and or weekly but I would use that it works so good just scrub and let them dry in the sun or in your house! (if you have fancy ones with designs I would not use this method of clean unless you want the design to come off)! Please try it works great it take literally like 2 minutes!
What is the best way to clean flip flops?
What is the best way to clean flip flops?
For plain flip flops without any trim, wash in the washer with a load of rags or denims. Let air dry. For those with trimming such as flowers, beads etc., wipe the sole, and footbed with an all purpose cleaner that does not need rinsing, then wipe the beaded trim with a rag dampened with water. If there is silk flower trim which needs cleaning, put a 1/2 cup of dry cornmeal in a bag along with the now otherwise clean flip flops, and shake vigorously, then take out the shoes, and shake off the cornmeal. Hope this helps.