How to Clean Those New Plastic Shoes

Written by monica patrick
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How to Clean Those New Plastic Shoes
Keep flip flop and jelly shoes clean. (pink flip flops image by Deborah Durbin from

Shine up your newest pair of plastic shoes with a gentle cleansing. A light cleaning removes dust and dirt that may collect during display at a store. Someone may have tried those shoes on before you. Prevent receiving a contagious fungal infection by sanitising your shoes before placing them on your feet. Examine your shoes for obvious stains before wearing them. Get a heavier scrub on your shoes by using a soft bristled toothbrush to clean it with.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Sink
  • Warm water
  • Gentle liquid dish detergent
  • Capful of bleach
  • Clean cloth
  • Shoes

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  1. 1

    Fill a sink 1/3 full of warm water.

  2. 2

    Add a teaspoon of gentle liquid dish detergent to the sink as the water runs.

  3. 3

    Add a splash or capful of bleach to the water for a deeper sanitisation.

  4. 4

    Mix the water with your hand. Wet a clean cloth in the water. Wring the excess water from the cloth.

  5. 5

    Wipe in circular motions the entire outside of the shoes. Re-wet the cloth as needed and remove the excess water.

  6. 6

    Wipe the insides of the shoes, including the insoles.

  7. 7

    Allow shoes to dry for twenty-four hours before wearing the shoes.

  8. 8

    Totally immerse shoes made completely from plastic in the solution for a few minutes for total sanitisation. Remove the shoes and let them dry before wearing them.

Tips and warnings

  • Dry your new shoes with a dry clean cotton cloth or let the air dry them.
  • Never place plastic shoes in the dryer. They will melt.

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