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How to Clean Vibram Five Finger Toe Shoes Without Ruining Them

howchoo   (467)
November 22, 2023
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Vibram Five Finger shoes are awesome pieces of running gear. But you can also use them for hiking and looking weird around town. Unfortunately, toe shoes start to smell if you don’t wear socks with them every time you wear them. While Vibram claims that the shoes are machine washable, you will ruin them if you wash them repeatedly.

Trust us, you don’t want to be wearing these with possible bacteria and/or fungi living inside. That will not bode well for your precious feet. Read on to see the best way to clean your Vibram Five Finger toe shoes.

1 – Place your toe shoes into a bucket

I also threw my gym gloves in there while I was at it. If you’ve never washed your gym gloves before, I would clean them separately from your toe shoes; most gym gloves (even leather ones) will release dye the first time they’re washed. This could taint your pretty toe shoes.

2 – Place a weight on top of the shoes and fill with hot water

Use a weight (I used a ceramic kitchen bowl) to keep the shoes from floating. Fill the bucket with hot water until the shoes and weight are completely covered.

3 – Add denture cleaning tablets

Drop denture cleaning tablets into the water. I used 16 tablets just to be safe — the tablets are really inexpensive and I wanted to be sure that my shoes got really clean.

4 – Let your shoes soak overnight

Place the bucket somewhere out of the way and let it sit overnight.

🛈 Denture cleaners are minty and smell nice — keep the bucket away from pets. Though the tablets aren’t toxic to humans, your dog may not have a great time after drinking a bunch of dirty denture tablet water.

5 – Rinse your shoes

Remove your shoes from the bucket and run them under a faucet. This will thoroughly remove any denture cleaning residue that might exist.

6 – Dry your shoes

This part is extremely important. If you do not dry the shoes properly, they will begin to smell right away. There are a few methods for doing this: – Hang them in front of a powerful fan for a few hours (this is what I did). – Hang them outside in an area where a nice breeze exists. – Air-tumble dry them in your dryer on the delicate setting; be sure not to use a large amount of heat as this may shrink the material. – Place them on the floor directly in front of your refrigerator; this method is only effective for certain types of refrigerators that push air and heat out beneath the front doors.

7 – Keeping them clean moving forward

The best way to keep your toe shoes clean moving forward is to always wear toe socks with them. Toe socks aren’t terribly expensive and really pay off in the long run.


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