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Removing Mud From Shoes

June 3, 2011

Muddy ShoesI have moved into an apartment after enjoying the abundant space of a house. Winter, and now spring, made me struggle with muddy footwear. I discovered that if I put one quarter inch of water in the sink and let the shoes rest there for a short while, the mud softens and I can brush it off straight into the sink then wash down the drain.

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Then I put the shoes on my balcony or under the radiator, soles up, to dry. A tiny bit of water and a tiny amount of brushing and clean boots again - no mess on floors of the apartment.

By joanfry

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June 3, 20110 found this helpful

Caution:
1) That mud you are putting into the drain system will collect and harden like a rock... place shoes in a pan of water, when mud softens, remove shoes and then throw out the water [onto the grass] and hose off the remainder.

2] Heating your shoes will deteriorate the shoes [especially leather], stuff papers in the shoes and let dry naturally, they do make Boot Dryers that just produce slightly warm air, check out the Sporting Goods store [ie, REI].

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June 3, 20110 found this helpful

I have a plastic pan that is a perfect fit for a pair of my husband's tennis shoes. Like Cajun, I put a little water in the pan and soak the bottom of our shoes while the mud is still soft and then pitch the water out in the yard. Sometimes I have to use a tooth brush to get the mud out of the grooves.

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It also works great for dipping the soles of the shoes after walking in wet grass, etc.. Keeping the bottom of our shoes clean helps a lot in keeping the house clean.

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