How to Get Sweat Stains Out of Tan Desert Boots

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How to Get Sweat Stains Out of Tan Desert Boots
Desert boots are designed to keep the feet cool and dry in extreme desert heat. (Mongolia image by lefebvre_jonathan from

Desert boots, worn by the military and others in desert conditions, are typically made of leather and nylon. They also have an inner lining that helps wick away moisture and keep the feet cool, while keeping sand out. In spite of that, sweat stains often appear in very hot conditions. You can remove sweat stains from tan desert boots with some simple supplies.

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Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Suede brush or other small brush
  • 1 tps. saddle soap
  • Bowl
  • Clean cloths
  • Newspaper

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  1. 1

    Sprinkle dry baking soda on sweat stains on the inside and outside of the desert boots. Allow the baking soda to sit for two to three hours to absorb moisture from sweat and sweat odours, then brush it off with a suede or other small brush. You can remove mild sweat stains this way. If stains or odours persist, move to the next step.

  2. 2

    Mix 2 or 3 tsp baking soda with enough water to create a paste the consistency of toothpaste. Spread the paste on remaining sweat stains and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight for severe staining. Brush the paste off with a brush.

  3. 3

    Combine 1 tsp saddle soap with warm water in a bowl to make a soapy solution. Blot any traces of sweat stains using a clean cloth, dampened with the saddle soap solution. Rinse the area by blotting with another clean cloth, dampened with plain water.

  4. 4

    Stuff loosely crumpled pieces of newspaper inside the desert boots and let them dry overnight. Newspaper absorbs the moisture and odour.

    How to Get Sweat Stains Out of Tan Desert Boots
    Old newspaper absorbs moisture and odours. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from

Tips and warnings

  • Apply baking soda, cornstarch or talcum powder to desert boots each night if sweat stains are a recurring problem.
  • Use newspaper that doesn't transfer ink easily, so you don't end up with ink stains inside your desert boots.

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