Removing Mold From Shoes

April 15, 2014

As you can probably tell by my name, I love Son of Mars sneakers. My favorite pair is a grey, gold, white and blue mix. To get the mold off, I suggest getting conditioner or cleanser, water, a rag, and a toothbrush. Also have vinegar and straight bleach. Use the rag to apply the cleaner or conditioner to the mold, then scrub the mold off with a toothbrush.


After this procedure is done twice, wipe shoes down with rag and alcohol wipes. Apply windex to shoes then scrub with toothbrush again. Let them sit in the sun after blowdrying them thoroughly. After they are dry, coat the soles in clear nailpolish to prevent further mold or creases.

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September 8, 2016

I'm going through a divorce. My ex tried to ruin my clothes and shoes. My beautiful Soda wedge synthetic heels have mold all over them. I've tried to pull up ways to clean them, but all that comes up is how to clean leather shoes.

I really want to salvage my favourite shoes if possible. Please help.


February 16, 20170 found this helpful
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I'm very sorry you're going through this.

I have found that a mix of white vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil is great at eliminating mold, but you should try a bit in an area for colorfastness. Alternatively if they can't really get wet you can rub baking soda on them. Thirdly, leave them in the sun for a day, this really kills mold.

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February 17, 20170 found this helpful
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You could try the Mr. Clean magic eraser. Bleach kills mold, but will probably ruin your shoes.

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My husband is a teacher. On the first day of school they had a small kitchen fire and the whole school got sent out to stand in a torrential downpour for 20 minutes. There was limited damage to the school, but my husband and his nice leather shoes got soaked!

He set them by the bed and two days later they are fuzzy with mold inside and out. These are his favorite shoes and were quite expensive. What's the best way to permanently remove the mold without ruining the shoes?

By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR


September 17, 20100 found this helpful
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Wash the mold off with straight white vinegar.

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May 30, 2012

I have a large number of white satin shoes that have mould growing on them. Do you know of a method or solution to clean them?

By Chris


June 2, 20120 found this helpful
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I am not certain that this solution will work, but it is certainly worth a try. Whenever I clean bathroom grout that has mold, I spray a stream of straight bleach which quickly begins to kill the mold and causes it disappear shortly afterwards.

Since the shoes are white, I would think a couple of applications of "weakened" or even "straight" bleach over the mold just may do the trick. I do know, however, that bleach can turn things yellow in color, so I would approach this cautiously.

Here's my idea ... (1) Put on rubber gloves; (2) have two white washcloths available and a "dippable" container of clean, clear water; (3) small bowl of pure bleach.

Dip one finger with washcloth into the bleach and swiftly wipe the mold. Immediately immerse the other washcloth in clear water and wipe away the bleach. This may need to be done several times, but should remove the mold. This should be done quickly, as satin is a somewhat delicate fabric.

Should any discoloration occur, why not swipe the entire shoe with the bleach and balance out the color? Hopefully, it will not become discolored.

The shoes are not wearable with the mold on them, so I would try the worst pair of shoes as the "sacrificial lamb". What do you have to lose except a pair of moldy shoes? Please let me know if this works out successfully for you.

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October 28, 2013

I discovered that my high heel shoes have mold on them. I have not ideas how it got there, because they are in their original boxes and I have them in my closet. My closet had no mold other than a little spot, so I don't know how or what to do. How do I remove the mold from my shoes and handbags?

By Arlene

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How do I remove mold from my fabric and vinyl shoes?

By Marlena S.

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September 12, 2010

How can I get mold off of very expensive gold fabric shoes? They were left in the basement and got damp.

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April 15, 2010

How do you remove mold from shoes?

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September 15, 2009

My closet is damp and has caused my boots and shoes to mold. Some of my boots (leather and patent leather) aren't too far gone.

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July 21, 2009

We have a rather dry house, but in our bedroom closet, almost all of our shoes have the (contained) dry mold.

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