How to Clean Fuzzy Crocs

  • Classic Crocs are adored around the globe. There’s nothing that feet of many of us want more than a comfy hug of a shoe known as Croc. But it’s not only about comfort; For example, surgeons are known to wear Crocs because they’re slip-resistant, providing an extra grip on slippery hospital floors. 
  • We can choose from lined Crocs, classic Crocs, leather, suede or wool, and even wedges and heels Crocs styles. Whatever the shape, material, and size—we have loved them incessantly since their first appearance on the market in 2002.
  • And since we continue to buy Crocs and wear these shoes all year, whether indoors or outdoors, periodic cleaning is necessary. This article reveals hacks about proper cleaning methods of our favorite Crocs footwear.

Good old Crocs

There are times when Crocs are everywhere. 

They stare at us from every cover of lifestyle magazines, hang on to almost every pair of quick little feet on the street, squeeze with us helplessly in commute, and spread out lazily on the beaches. 

Then, during the winter months, these most adventurous compañeros end up shuffling around the house or hibernating in the closet, only to return with their good old colorful smile of a shoe that’s seen it all a few months later. 

Crocs official has a lot to offer: original Crocs, leathery, wool, and suede shoes, fuzzy Crocs, sandals, Crocs with a heel, footwear with lining, and so on!

In the next paragraph, we’ll see how to remove dirt and smell and always keep our Crocs in their best shape.

Wash Crocs

Avoid washing your Crocs in the dishwasher or washing machine as a rule of thumb. Even keeping them in the hot car isn’t the best idea. The main hazard is high heat which can cause Croslite material to shrink.

However, if you use a low heat program of 20 or 30 degrees (gentle cycle), you can put Crocs in the washer. 

Still, the best solution—which will also make your Crocs last longer—is to wash your Croc footwear using hand wash methods.

Wash out the smell

How to quickly get rid of the unpleasant smell from most Crocs?

To banish unpleasant odors and prevent the smell from coming back, store your Crocs in a bright, well-ventilated area; dark and damp areas can lead to shoe odor. 

Also, don’t wear the same pair of Crocs every day; let them rest and air dry for a while. 

Finally, make use of the old trick: fill two old socks with cedar chips, secure the end of the sock with a rubber band, and place this treat in your smelly Croc. 

A well-known technique to remove the smell from Crocs is by making a paste of baking soda and vinegar and applying it to your shoes. 

To do so, use three parts vinegar to one part baking soda. Using a pastry brush, apply the baking soda paste to the inside of the shoes and wait for five minutes. Finally, immerse them in a bucket of lukewarm water for about three hours to remove the odor.

Remove scuff marks

How to remove scuff marks from Crocs rubber soles?

One of the techniques to handle scuff marks is using toothpaste and an old toothbrush. Buff away at the scuff mark on your shoe until it ultimately fades away, but be gentle when doing so. 

Other methods are:

  • an ordinary rubber eraser, 
  • Vaseline, 
  • essential oil, or 
  • nail polish remover;

Tip: For all of these methods, conduct a spot test on a hidden area of a shoe before proceeding.

You can also make a baking soda paste. Combine 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and warm water to create an evenly consistent paste. Then, apply your concoction to the scuff marks and polish the shoes using a cloth. Finally, remove the excess paste with a damp cloth.

Remove yellowish stains 

To remove yellowish stains from your Croc footwear, use one of two methods: 

  • prepare a paste of hydrogen peroxide and clean water, or 
  • use bleach combined with water;

When you have your solutions ready, massage the bleach or hydrogen peroxide into the part of the shoe with yellow stains with a toothbrush or a clean towel. 

Important: Watch out for bleach; it can hurt you and your Crocs if used irresponsibly. Straight bleach will probably discolor Crocs that aren’t white. Bleach is a powerful cleaning chemical—use gloves and maybe even a mask.

Cleaning Crocs

To clean your beloved Crocs, hand wash or spot clean with cold water and mild soap. Rinse with clean water after you’re done with soapy water. 

Use only gentle detergents and avoid excessive heat. Don’t use hot water as it can cause your shoes to shrink. 

Tip: If you have a leather Croc shoe, clean it gently with a soft rubber sponge or slightly damp rag. Then, use a cream to restore its shine. 

Find a bucket or use a sink to wash your dirty Crocs. First, combine dish detergent with water and soak your shoes to remove any leftover filth. Next, scrub any dirt and grime that clings to the surface using a soft cloth and dish soap with a cool water mixture. 

Wipe the dirt away gently with the cloth and rinse your Crocs with clean water. 

Remember that hand washing your Crocs with cold water and a mild soap will keep them looking their best for a long time.

Fur-lined winter clogs, such as Crocs Mammoth, help keep your feet warm in cold weather. 

Yet, you need regular proper cleaning with this kind of shoe. Otherwise, the lining may get dirty and stinky very fast. 

Again, throwing Crocs in the washer isn’t a good idea. 

For fur-lined and fuzzy Crocs, cleaning suggestions are to use mild soap and cold water for both the shoes and the liner. 

The fur lining comes out of the Crocs, so you can easily wash both pieces individually. 

How to take the lining out? 

First, turn the fur lining’s heel up—now it’s no longer wrapped around the back of your Croc. Next, hold your thumb on the rivet’s exterior and pull the liner away from it gently. Do the same on the opposite side of the shoe and pull the liner free.

To clean your fuzzy Crocs, sprinkle some dish soap onto a slightly damp sponge or cloth and scrape any dirt or stains out of the liners. Then, rinse the liners well with fresh water and place them on a flat surface to dry naturally. When they’re dry, place them back into the clogs.

Dryer or air dry?

Both dryer and air dry are ok if done without exposing Croc footwear to too much heat. In general, the sun is good for Crocs but not for long hours in the high summer!

Heat and sun light can cause the shoes to shrink or warp.

You can line dry the lining or set it outside in the sun to dry. It’s best not to use a dryer.

Tip: If your Crocs seem loose and you’re not comfortable wearing them anymore, place your stretched-out shoes in the dryer. Toss your shoes in with two damp towels and turn on the dryer to its highest setting. Towels will dampen the material of your Crocs, making them more malleable. Be careful! High temperatures may cause your Crocs to sear and distort permanently.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While it's generally not advised by fashion freaks, if keeping your feet warm is your priority, go for it! No one said you couldn't be the one who sets the new fashion standard. Also, if you wear Crocs to work and want to protect your feet from spills or falling tools that could injure your feet through the Crocs' holes—consider putting socks on for protection.
Crocs are made out of CrosliteTM—a proprietary closed-cell resin material produced by Crocs, Inc. The Croslite is neither entirely made of rubber nor contains plastic. Instead, it's made from polymer, made from "crude oil." The main idea behind the use of this material was to make it possible for users to wash their Crocs just with water and soap.
We know how weird it sounds but... yes! Crocs are edible. They don't contain any chemicals or toxic substances. Of course, we can't confirm it's the tastiest meal, but you can boil your Crocs and eat them without any health risk.
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