How to Clean Crocs: Shoe Cleaning Tips

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Are Crocs stylish? It’s the age-old question. Personally, I think if you love them, you rock them! My OG Crocs actually sit on a shelf in my office (true story, see the photo evidence below). Yes, I’m that kind of person. But anyway, to Croc or not to Croc, that may be the question. But what isn’t a question anymore is how to clean Crocs because I’m going to answer that question today.

Luckily, cleaning Crocs is pretty straightforward. But how you clean your Crocs depends on what kind of Crocs you own. Today we’re covering: 

  • How to Clean Crocs
  • How to Clean White Crocs
  • How to Clean Fuzzy Crocs

So no matter what kind of Crocs you rock, you can strut your stuff in a clean pair. 

Photo of pink Crocs on a shelf

How to Clean Crocs

Classic Crocs, also called Classic Clogs, are made of Croslite, a signature material trademarked by the company. Croslite is a kind of foam material, making it waterproof and super easy to clean. To clean classic Crocs, all you need is mild dish soap, a microfiber cloth, a cleaning toothbrush, and warm water. 

Start by rinsing your Crocs under warm water. This will dislodge any loose dirt and make your job easier. Then, fill your sink or a bucket with warm water and add a teaspoon of mild dish soap. Soak your Crocs for at least ten minutes. The dish soap will help cut through dirt and grime quickly. 

Then, rinse your Crocs again and use a cleaning toothbrush to scrub-a-dub. The toothbrush will be great for getting inside vent holes and other hard-to-reach places. When you’re finished, buff and dry your Crocs with your microfiber cloth. 

Alternatively, you can actually put Crocs in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. I personally would only do this if they need a deep cleaning because it could wear them out more quickly than handwashing. 

Green microfiber cloth

How to Clean White Crocs

I get a lot of questions specifically about how to clean white shoes, so before you ask, here’s how to clean white Crocs. 

If your white Crocs are classic Crocs, clean them the same way you would classic Crocs. For mildly dirty Crocs, that might actually be enough. But white classic Crocs are more likely to have dirt and grass stains than colored classic Crocs, or maybe you just love having super white Crocs. No problem, I’ve got a cleaning hack for you. 

Clean your white classic Crocs as instructed in the previous section. Then, grab your baking soda. Using a clean, damp microfiber cloth and polish your white Crocs with the baking soda until they are sparkling. 

You can do this for lined white Crocs as well, but be sure to only apply baking soda to the Croslite material, not the lining or any material that isn’t Croslite.

clean with baking soda

How to Clean Fuzzy Crocs or Lined Crocs

OK, you’ve got those super-cozy-looking lined Crocs. First of all, I am jealous! But that’s not why you’re here. So, to clean lined, fuzzy Crocs, you’ll need a little more elbow grease. Croc lining doesn’t come out, so you can’t soak them in water or throw them in the washing machine. 

Instead, grab a microfiber cloth, a cleaning toothbrush, and a bowl of warm water with a couple of drops of mild dish soap. You’re going to moisten your microfiber cloth in the warm water and dish soap, and gently clean the outside of your Crocs (and please don’t come at me for using the word moist!). Be careful not to get this solution on the lining, just on the Croslite exterior. You can use your cleaning toothbrush to give the soles and the vent holes a thorough clean. 

If the lined part of your Crocs is smelling a little unpleasant, baking soda comes to the rescue again. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda over the lining and let sit over night. In the morning, brush off the excess and voila, clean-smelling Crocs. 

And if you’re thinking, Melissa, a little baking powder is not going to solve this foot stank, I hear ya! Check out my DIY Shoe Powder for a powerful solution to your smelly shoes. 

Clean Your Crocs

All you Croc-wearers should consider yourself lucky: Crocs are probably the easiest shoes to clean. Their waterproof Croslite material makes classic Crocs a breeze, and even fuzzy, lined, and furry Crocs are quite easy to clean in very little time. 

If you’re looking for more shoe-cleaning tips, be sure to read How to Clean Running Shoes and Clean Your Canvas Shoes (Toms and Keds). And if you notice your shoes are starting to smell a little funky, check out What to do with Smelly Shoes.  

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.