I love slippers. I wear them just about every day, until the weather gets too warm and I switch to flip-flops. But when you think about it, the idea of slippers is a little gross. It’s like wearing the same pair of socks over and over but never washing them. YUCK! So what’s a fuzzy-slipper-wearing girl to do? You can’t toss them in the washing machine or the soft fuzzy insides will be ruined and the rubber soles will come apart. So, of course, I went to Pinterest to see if I could find anything about how to wash slippers.
Most of the pins were specific to cleaning Uggs, and all I found was how to clean the outside. The only suggestion for the inside was to use baking soda to deodorize them. Then I found this post on 104 Homestead and it sounded like a feasible idea.
Yep. I’m airing my dirty laundry right here for the whole world to see. Actually, it’s a little hard to see in photos, but trust me, there are some dark stains in that cream-colored fuzz. Whose idea was it to make the interior of a slipper a light color anyway?!?
Here’s an even grosser closeup for your viewing pleasure. So you get it. The toes are dirty and a nasty dark color and the rest of the inside is hard and flattened. The soft, fuzzy slippers are a thing of the past. (I bought these for myself Thanksgiving weekend, so they look like this after three months.) Gross. I can’t believe I’ve been wearing dirty slippers for three months. Anyway, here’s what to do about it!
How to Clean Slippers
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups warm water in a mixing bowl
- squirt (yes, that’s the official measurement) Dawn dish soap (I use the blue kind for all sorts of cleaning projects)
- hand mixer
- spray bottle with water
- hair dryer
- baking soda
What to do:
Pour 2 cups warm water into a medium mixing bowl. Add a squirt of dish soap and mix with a hand mixer to create a foam.
I found that if I put the mixer all the way down into the bowl, it created bubbles, but if I put the mixer in the bubbles, it then whipped them into a more stable foam.
Using a brush or just your fingers (that’s what I did) work the foam into the slippers to get them clean. Spray lightly with a little water to rinse the foam off. Be sure not to soak the inside.
Using a hand dryer on low or the cool setting, dry the insides and work with your fingers. Once dry, sprinkle inside with baking soda to further deodorize. Use a comb to work the soda through inside. Let them sit for a while and then shake out the excess.
As you can see, they aren’t pristine and pure white, but they are clean, soft and fluffy again, and I promise, they smell WAY better. No more stink. I wouldn’t suggest this if it didn’t work. Cross my heart. 🙂
Here are some other great uses for Dawn dish soap that don’t include washing dishes!