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How to Wash Slippers [UPDATED 2021]

How To Wash Slippers [UPDATED 2021]

Slippers Keep your feet warm and comfortable, no matter what your style is. However, you often don’t think about washing or cleaning your slippers even though we use our slippers for longer durations almost every day.

If you think about it, you have slippers on all day, all month. Most of the time people tend to ignore cleaning their slippers as if they are invincible and won’t become gross.

How about washing and cleaning them like your socks? Like all other footwear, slippers are worn off and need to be replaced but what if they are just a little bit dirty, muddy, or discolored.

Like socks, slippers must also be washed in regular intervals. In this article, we will share tips on how to wash your slippers no matter what the type is and make them as good as new.

Can slippers be washed?

Cotton Slippers: Soak the slippers in cold water, Take it out after a few minutes, use a small amount of liquid detergent or dish soap to clean the slipper thoroughly. Put it back in the sink again with cold water. Wipe off the detergent by gently rubbing off the interiors and exteriors of the slippers. After the process, dab it with a dry cloth and let them air dry.

Leather Slippers: There are leather cleaners readily available in the market and work best for leather slippers.

Suede Slippers:  use a dry cloth to absorb any spilled liquid. For more severe stains, apply dishwashing soap or liquid detergent to the affected area and gently dab the stained area until the soap is absorbed. Then with a dry cloth, dab out the excess water.

How to clean suede slippers?

Suede slippers cannot be washed by hand or in a washing machine. If you accidentally spill any liquid or stain your slippers, it is best to wipe them with a dry cloth and dab out as much spilled liquid as possible

If your suede slippers get stained, you can use a suede cleaning kit which is mostly available in all supermarkets. Suede cleaning kits usually include a suede brush, an eraser, and a suede protector spray. 

Tip: If you have bought new suede slippers or shoes, you should proactively apply suede protector spray before it gets ruined with stain. This spray protects the suede from stains or liquid spills and makes it easier for you to clean it off in the future. 

1. Use a suede brush to remove dirt

Use a suede brush to remove dirt and debris. If your slippers don’t have stubborn stains, all you will need is a suede brush or a clean toothbrush to make them look like new. Lightly brush off any dust and dirt from the slippers. The brush helps take out small dust particles from the tiny fibers on the suede.

2. No Machine Wash

Do not spot-clean or machine wash suede slippers or shoes. Water can damage the tiny suede fibers. Keeping suede away from water while cleaning is the best way to clean them.

3. Suede Protector Spray

Apply suede protector spray to your slippers after the brushing task to keep them clean. The suede protector spray repels water and dirt helping them stay clean for longer and last longer. Apply the spray evenly, do not overspray. Let the slippers air dry before wearing them. 

In case you want to clean the interior of the suede slippers, use a damp cloth and a small quantity of liquid detergent.

Rub the liquid detergent on the inside of your suede slipper and gently wipe it off with a clean damp cloth. Be careful while doing so, because the liquid detergent should not touch the exterior of the slipper because it can damage the outside surface.

How to Clean Leather Slippers

1. Remove Dirt and Debris

Remove dirt and debris by Wiping your leather slippers with a slightly damp cloth or baby wipes to remove loose dirt.

2. Saddle Soap

Combine warm water with saddle soap according to the product instructions and make a solution. Dip a clean piece of cloth into the solution and wring it so it is only slightly damp. Now, gently wipe and rub both interiors and exteriors of your leather slippers.  

3. Drying

After the cleaning is done, wait for 5 to 10 minutes and then start dabbing a clean cloth to make it dry.

4. Leather Conditioning

Apply some leather conditioner to the slippers after cleaning. To make and keep the leather soft and shiny.

5. Air Dry

Let the slippers air dry before wearing them. (should take a couple of hours).

How to Wash Slippers

How do you wash faux fur slippers?

  • You can hand wash the faux fur slippers. Add some warm water and some mild detergent into the sink.
  • Rub the slippers with a clean cloth and pay special attention to the area around the soles, the interior of the slipper, and all stubbornly stained areas.
  • Soak in warm water for a while and then squeeze out the water from your slippers.
  • Let them air dry.

To take it a step further and keep your slippers deodorized, sprinkle some baking soda inside the slippers when they are completely dry. Leave it overnight and get the baking soda out the next day. And Done. The slippers should look and smell the best now.


1. How to clean slippers with hard soles?
To remove dirt and debris, use a suede brush. They should be washed with warm water. As the use of hot water can damage it. For cleaning the stains out using mild detergent. Rub thoroughly on the stained area. Rinse with warm water.
2. How often should you wash your slippers?
You should wash and maintain your favourite pairs of slippers at least once a month if they are used regularly. Otherwise, clean them when you feel they are too dirty.
3. Can I wash my slippers in the washing machine?
Slippers should not be put in the washing machine. We advise you to only hand wash your slippers. It takes less than 15 minutes to do a good hand washing of slippers. Putting them in the washing machine can either damage the machine or your slippers.
4. Can I dry the slippers in the Dryer?
Slippers should not be dried in a dryer. It is best to let them air dry after cleaning. The most you can do here is use a blow dryer to get them dried faster.

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