Fuzzy crocs are the comfort babies for our feet that we never want to stop wearing. However, they do need to be cleaned from time to time to get rid of dirt, sweat, odor, and other debris. So how can we do this?
Different Ways to Clean Fuzzy Crocs
The 4 best ways to clean fuzzy crocs are:
- Using a toothbrush & vacuum to clean out dirt.
- Using mild detergent (Recommended way to clean fuzzy crocs)
- Baking soda
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1- Cleaning Fuzzy Crocs without Water
- The first step is to remove the fuzzy lining if it can be removed.
- If it cannot be removed, your shoes can be cleaned as a whole.
- Then brush off excess dirt and dust using a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush.
- Ensure that you remove any decorative pins and get between the holes.
- Use a toothbrush to get inside the toe area of the fur lining.
- You can also use a small hand vacuum to get dust and debris out of the furry insides.
- Brush the fur and the outsides as much as you can without scratching or damaging the material.
- If needed you can spray the inside with a shoe deodorizer or Lysol.
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2- Hand-washing Fuzzy Crocs with Mild Detergent & Water
According to Crocs, you should gently clean with warm water and mild soap to remove dirt, debris, or stains. Then, allow them to air dry completely.
Even though the fuzzy lining can be removed from some kinds of crocs, throwing fuzzy crocs in the washer is not a great idea. It can damage the entire lining. However, they can still be either hand-washed or hand-cleaned.
Do not use boiling or hot water, and do not use harsh chemicals or detergents.
Here is what to do:
- Mix a small amount of detergent in a tub, bucket, bowl, or basin of warm, room-temperature or cool water.
- Submerge your pre-brushed crocs (and the lining if it was removed) in the solution and let them soak for 1-2 hours.
- Then, remove each croc and use a soft-bristled brush to scrub around the shoes and the exterior of the lining if it was removable.
- Use a toothbrush to brush the fur on the inside of the lining. Focus on any tough stains or areas that need extra cleaning.
- When you are finished, rinse the crocs (and the lining) off using clean, cool water. Make sure to wash all of the soapy residues out of the fur.
- Place the shoes (and the lining) in an open space (out of direct sunlight) in an elevated position (helps the water to drain out of the material).
- Let your crocs (and the lining) completely air dry.
- Make sure that the fur on the inside is dry all the way through, especially in the toe area. You can use a blow dryer on the warm setting to also help dry the insides.
3- How to Clean Fuzzy Crocs With Baking Soda
If your fuzzy crocs do not need a thorough washing and scrubbing, but they still need to be cleaned (especially for odor), then you can use baking soda.
Here is what to do:
- Use a toothbrush to clean the fur on the inside of your crocs. Brush all over to remove any dirt and debris that may have gotten caught in the fur.
- When finished, use a damp cloth soaked in mild detergent and water to clean the outside of the crocs. You may also use another damp, clean cloth soaked in mild detergent and water to wipe through the fur of your crocs.
- Then sprinkle some baking soda all over the insides of the fur-lined shoes. Spread it so that it coats all over the fur.
- Let that sit in an open space and air dry for a few hours. The baking soda will absorb the moisture and the odor from the fur.
- Use a dry brush or cloth to remove the baking soda from the fur.
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4- Cleaning Fuzzy Crocs with Vinegar & Baking Soda
Another way to deep clean your fuzzy crocs without all out washing them is to use vinegar and baking soda.
Here is what to do:
- Pre-clean your crocs by using a soft brush to brush away any dirt and residue from the outside of the shoes and the fur lining.
- Mix a solution using 1 part baking soda and 3 parts vinegar. If it is too thick, you can add more vinegar or some water.
- Dip a clean brush into the solution and use it to scrub around the outside of the shoes. Use a clean but damp cloth to remove the residue when finished.
- Then use a clean toothbrush, dip it in the solution and start applying it to the fur lining. Cover all of the surfaces and use the toothbrush to scrub.
- Then, use a clean, damp cloth to remove the solution and any residue from the fur. Brush and wipe the fur both against the direction of the fur and in the same direction as the fur.
- Let the shoes completely air dry and then use a dry toothbrush to remove any remaining baking soda residue.
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Tips To Keep The Smell Out Of Your Fuzzy Crocs
Here are a few things you can do to keep your fuzzy crocs smelling good:
1- Avoid getting them wet
Wet fur is a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria and fungi. Always keep your fur-lined crocs as dry as possible. Even from your feet sweat.
Air them out as often as you can (whenever you are not wearing them) and if you wash them, make sure that they dry completely.
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2- Clean them as often as possible
Dirt, sweat, dead skin cells from your feet and bacteria will build up in the fur of your crocs over time. To avoid this, clean them as often as possible, especially if you sweat a lot. This will help to prevent odor.
3- Take care of your feet
A great way to prevent odor is to take care of your feet and your toenails. This will help with sweating and skin shedding, which can contribute to shoe odor over time.
4- Use baking soda
Baking soda is a well-known deodorizer. Every time you use your shoes, sprinkle some in them and let them do its magic.
5- Use dry teabags
Dry tea bags will absorb moisture and odor while also giving your shoes and the fur a pleasant scent. Use a flavor teabag that you like and place 2-3 in each of your crocs after you wear them.
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6- Use a shoe deodorizer or spray
If you prefer something stronger than baking soda and teabags, use a commercial show deodorizer or disinfectant spray like Lysol. Make sure that they do not contain ingredients that will damage the material.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Should I wash my Crocs with fur in the washing machine?
You should not wash your fuzzy crocs in the washing machine.
Most of the liners in crocs cannot be removed and may get damaged in the washing machine.
Can I use bleach to clean my fuzzy crocs?
We do not recommend using bleach to clean your fuzzy crocs.
While bleach is a great disinfectant and cleaning agent, it might be too harsh for the fuzzy lining of your crocs.
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Can I sun-dry my fuzzy crocs after washing them?
Placing your fuzzy crocs in the sun after washing can help but they should not be left in direct sunlight for too long. Doing so may damage the material of the fuzzy lining.
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Can I use alcohol to clean my fuzzy crocs?
You should not use alcohol to clean your fuzzy crocs. Alcohol will be too harsh for the material of the fuzzy lining.
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Can I use hot water to clean my fuzzy crocs?
You can use warm water or room temperature water to clean your fuzzy crocs, but not hot or boiling water.
Such hot water will damage the fibre of the fur lining.