Taking care of your Toms® shoes is much simpler than you think.
- Start by removing any surface dirt using a soft bristle brush.
- For hand washing, mix cold water and an unconcentrated dish soap in a large bowl. Scrub the outside of your shoe until all stains are gone.
- If using a washing machine, set it to the gentlest cycle with cold water and add in a mild detergent. Do not submerge the entire shoe if hand washing.
- Next, air dry the shoes in a sunny location, avoiding direct heat sources such as ovens or heating vents.
- Lastly, tackle odors by wrapping some baking soda or baby powder in a cloth and placing it in your shoes, or apply small amounts of tea tree oil regularly to prevent odor and fungal development.
To start, you’ll need to use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub away surface dirt from your Toms®. This is vital for both hand washing and machine washing. If hand washing, create a mixture of cold water and unconcentrated dish soap in a large bowl. Hold the shoe with one hand inside for a stable grip and scrub the outside until all the dirt and stains have been removed.
For machine washing, the process is slightly different yet simple. Begin by pre-treating any stains with a gentle pre-wash solution. Then, set your washing machine to the gentlest cycle and fill it halfway with cold water. Put in a small amount of mild detergent, allow the machine to fill three-quarters of the way before adding in your shoes. Remove them once the cycle is finished and air dry.
Air drying is an important step regardless of your chosen washing method. Always remember to keep your shoes away from direct heat sources, such as ovens or heating vents, since heat can be detrimental to the glue that keeps the soles intact.
Finally, let’s combat those pesky odors. One cheap and simple tip is to wrap some baking soda or baby powder in a cloth, tying it securely, and placing it within your Toms®. The wrapped mixture absorbs the odors, leaving your shoes smelling fresh. Another effective method is applying tea tree oil regularly to the insides of the shoes, not only preventing odors but also deterring fungus formation.
Throughout this process, just remember to take it slow and handle your shoes with care. This way, you can extend the life of your beloved Toms® and keep them looking their best.
Toms® products are particularly the rage these days because of the company’s awesome one-for-one policy. For each pair of Toms® shoes a customer buys, the company will provide help to people in the need.
In the beginning, they just donated shoes, but now the company has expanded to help improve access to water, safe birthing environments, and sight for those in need. It’s a great cause and generally makes people feel great about buying Toms® products, but none of that helps you figure out how to wash those great shoes you bought. Not to worry. We’ve got you covered.
Washing My Toms®
The company recommends hand-washing over machine washing because hand-washing is easier on the shoes and will extend the shoes’ life. Although the Toms® company would have you believe otherwise, you can wash the shoes in the washing machine, but you want to do a little more than just toss them in and hope for the best.
You can also clean white Vans® or learn how to clean white canvas shoes of another type this way. Whether you wash shoes by hand or use a washing machine, be sure to remove the laces first. Those should be placed in a mesh bag and cleaned separately.
The way to keep white shoes clean or even those that are other colors or patterned is to use your brush to remove any clumps of dirt that may have accumulated on different parts of the shoes. Brush over the whole shoe to ensure all surface dirt is gone. Next, mix the soap and water in the bowl.
For the easiest grip, put your other hand inside the shoe you are working on. Wet your brush and scrub the outside of your shoe until you have removed all the dirt and stains. Allow the shoe to air dry. The best place to air dry your shoes is in a sunny location, preferably outdoors.
I Use My Washing Machine – Carefully
You’ll want to remove clumps and other surface dirt using a soft bristle brush even if you are washing sneakers in the machine. If there are stains on the shoes (rather than just all over dirt), you can use a pre-wash treatment on the stains to help remove them.
Then, set your machine to the gentlest cycle it has and fill it up with cold water until it is half full. Afterward, add a small amount of the gentlest detergent you can find. Allow the machine to fill three-quarters of the way before adding the shoes.
Let the cycle run to completion. Remove the shoes when the washing machine is done and air dry.
If you’ve had a pair of Toms® for a while, you have probably noticed they tend to begin to get increasingly smelly as their life goes on. The good news is you don’t need fancy deodorizers to remove the smell from your Toms®.
To get odor out of shoes, wrap some baking soda or baby powder in a cloth (tie it to keep the baking soda from spilling) and place it in your shoes.
Make sure you put the baking soda in a cloth and not straight into the shoes because direct contact with baking soda will eventually crack and ruin the insoles. Additionally, applying small amounts of tea tree oil to the inside of the shoe on a regular basis can help reduce and prevent odors, as well as help prevent fungus formation.
How I Clean My Canvas Shoes
Always remove the laces before you start hand or machine washing. The laces can be washed and dried like normal clothes. Avoid putting your shoes near any direct heat source when drying, like an oven or heating vent.
Always use a mild detergent when washing by hand or by machine. Put paper inside your shoes while they dry to help them retain their shape.
You can dip the canvas part of the shoe in water to aid in hand-cleaning, but do not completely submerge the shoes in water when cleaning by hand.
Can I Put My Toms® Shoes in the Dryer?
Although you can machine wash your Toms®, you should not machine dry them. Never put Toms® (or any type of canvas shoe) in the dryer. The direct heat from the dryer can adversely affect the glue that holds the soles on the shoes, making the solepeel away from the shoe and greatly reducing the life of your Toms®.