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A favorite summertime slip-on foot covering for many people. This page is about cleaning flip flops.


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May 6, 2013

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.

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June 5, 2017

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.

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May 20, 2012

Flip flops tend to get dirty, especially my white and pink ones. I have tried many cleaners and the best is the Magic Eraser.

By lnygaard from Billings, MT

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May 26, 2006

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


By gator10tx (Guest Post)
May 27, 20060 found this helpful
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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.

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August 7, 2012

What is the best way to clean flip flops?

By Betty


August 8, 20120 found this helpful
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Rinse the dirt off and toss them in the top rack of your dishwasher. Works for me.

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August 24, 2012

What is the best way to clean flip flops?

By Jo


August 25, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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