5 Ways To Clean The Summer Grime Out Of Shoes

5 Ways To Clean The Summer Grime Out Of Shoes

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Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 4, 2010

Even if we're not big on fashion around these parts, we are into keeping everything spic and span in an effort to keep as much of the outside world, well, outside. Over the summer months our kid's shoes have gone through puddles, camping, fishing and more. Help keep them clean and the dirt out of your house with these 5 household tricks.

1. Magic Eraser: We use it for everything else, why not shoes? It does a bang up job on restoring rubber soles back to their original beauty, freeing them of caked on mud and gunk.

2. Baking Soda Paste: Start with a bowl of baking soda and add just enough water to make a thick paste. Scrub onto the shoe in question and rinse well. Do not dry in the sun as residual baking soda from the mixture could bleach any fabrics if left for a long sunny exposure.

3. Metal Skewers: A metal skewer does wonders to remove all the compounded junk up in the soles of kid's shoes. They're always printed with some fun design to make kids fall in love with them, but that also means they pick up dirt like crazy. The tip of a metal skewer will pop all that dirt right out, just trace along the grooves and watch it crumble! ... please do this part outside!

4. Toothpaste: If you're not big on keeping Magic Erasers around the house, just use some toothpaste and an old toothbrush and scrub the soles and even canvas uppers with all that plaque fighting power. Rinse clean and air dry and they'll be as good as new.

5. Toss Them In The Washer: Now there are shoes that obviously won't fit into this category, but when the worst of the worst has happened to your kid's footwear, don't be afraid to toss them straight in your washer. Air dry over an AC or heat vent (depending on what part of the country you live in), or even set them out in the sun. For extra odor absorbing action toss a little baking soda in the wash or sprinkle them in the shoes as they're drying.

How do you keep shoes clean in your house? Do you have another trick to add to the pile? Let us know below!

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