How to Clean Garden Shoes


Having a pair of shoes that are dedicated to your gardening endeavors can help to avoid getting mud all over your favorite shoes. These shoes tend to get quite dirty and over time can get to the point where they are so dirty, you may not even want to wear them anymore. For times like this, a good thorough cleaning is in order. Cleaning up your gardening shoes helps to extend their lifespan by removing the dirt and debris that can eventually ruin them, helping to extend their usefulness for the avid gardener.

Step 1

Shake the shoes and tap them together before bringing them into the house to help remove as much loose dirt and debris as possible.

Step 2

Remove the shoe laces and set them aside.

Step 3

Place the shoes on a clean dry towel to avoid getting dirt in unwanted places.

Step 4

Add dish soap to warm water to make it sudsy.

Step 5

Dip a clean cloth into the soapy water and wring it out well.

Step 6

Wash the shoes with the cloth by wiping the shoes thoroughly, using more soapy water as needed.

Step 7

Dip an old toothbrush or nylon brush into the soapy water and scrub the areas that are hard to reach with the cloth to remove the residual dirt.

Step 8

Wash the shoelaces in the warm soapy water.

Step 9

Set the shoes and the laces in a cool dry place until they are completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Clean cloth
  • Toothbrush or nylon brush


  • Good Housekeeping: Shoe-Cleaning Guide
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