How to Wash Baby Shoes

Are you wondering how to clean baby shoes? It may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get those tiny little kicks looking as good as new in no time!

How to Wash Baby Shoes

Baby shoes come in all shapes and sizes, but they have in common that they are often made of delicate materials that need extra care. Keeping your baby’s shoes clean ensures comfort and a longer life for their footwear. With the right cleaning techniques, you can maintain your baby’s shoes looking like new – no matter how much they get worn down!

In this blog post, we cover different methods on how to wash baby shoes from canvas, leather, and suede – so read on if you want your little one’s feet to look (and feel) comfortable at all times!

Why Should You Keep Baby Shoes Clean?

Keeping your baby’s shoes clean is important for many reasons. First and foremost is that it helps to minimize the risk of infection, as bacteria can easily grow on any surface if not kept clean. This is especially true when dealing with soft materials like canvas, leather, or suede.

In addition, clean shoes help to prevent dirt and odors from gathering in the creases, which can be particularly uncomfortable for your baby’s feet. Regular cleaning also helps to maintain a longer life for the shoes, so you don’t have to replace them as often.

What Will You Need?

Before you start, it’s important to understand the materials of your baby’s shoes so that you can choose the right cleaning products. Here are some items you will likely need for most shoe types:

  1. Soft brush
  2. Mild soap or detergent
  3. Clean cloth or rag
  4. Warm water (for canvas and leather)
  5. Shoe protector spray (for suede)

Now that you have all the materials let’s get started!

10 Easy Steps on How to Wash Baby Shoes

Step 1. Brush Away Any Dirt or Debris:

Use a soft brush to remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated on the surface of your baby’s shoes. Make sure you don’t use too much force, as this can damage the materials. You can get a brush specifically designed for cleaning baby shoes.

Use a soft brush

Step 2. Prepare a Soapy Water Mix:

Mix one tablespoon of mild soap with warm water in a bowl or bucket until it forms a soapy solution. Be careful not to use too much detergent, as this can damage the materials of your baby’s shoes. Use a clean cloth or rag to dip into the soapy water and gently wipe down the entire surface of the shoes.

Step 3. Dip Your Cloth Into the Mixture:

Dip the cloth into the soapy mixture, then wring out any excess liquid before beginning to clean. Ensure the cloth is damp but not overly soaked. It is best to clean one shoe at a time and avoid submerging the entire shoe in the water. Because the materials are often delicate, you want to take extra care when cleaning them.

Step 4. Clean The Shoe Exterior:

Gently rub away any dirt or stains on the exterior of your baby’s shoes, paying special attention to the seams and any creases. Ensure you don’t use too much force, as this can damage the materials. Moreover, it’s important not to scrub too hard, as this can cause the colors of the shoe to fade.

Step 5. Rinse With Clean Water:

When finished, rinse off the shoes with clean water to remove any soapy residue. Use a damp cloth or rag to wipe away the excess liquid before proceeding to step 6. If you are using a bucket, make sure to change the water for each shoe.

 Use a Damp Cloth

Step 6. Dry The Shoes Outside:

Allow your baby’s shoes to air dry outside in indirect sunlight or in a well-ventilated area until completely dry (this may take up to 24 hours). Do not place them directly under direct sunlight or near heaters, as this can cause discoloration of the materials. Because canvas and leather take longer to dry than other materials, you may want to stuff the shoes with paper towels or newspapers for maximum air circulation.

Step 7. Condition The Shoes:

If your baby’s shoes are made of leather or suede, you should condition them after cleaning. Use a leather conditioner to help protect the material and keep it soft and supple. If the shoes are canvas, use a shoe protector spray for added protection against water and stains.

Step 8. Brush Away The Dirt:

Once dry, use a clean brush to remove any remaining dirt that may have been left behind during the cleaning process. For canvas or suede shoes, you can also use a lint roller to pick up any remaining lint or dirt particles. Don’t forget to brush out the seams and any creases.

Step 9. Check For Stains:

Examine the shoes one last time for any stubborn stains that may still remain. If so, you can use a mild stain remover to treat them. Be sure to read the instructions on how to apply the product correctly before doing so.

Step 10. Store The Shoes Properly:

Store your baby’s shoes in an appropriate container when not in use. This will help maintain their shape and keep them clean and dust-free. You can also buy special shoe bags or boxes specifically designed for storing baby shoes.

And there you have it! Following these ten easy steps on how to wash a baby’s shoes, your precious little one’s shoes will be sparkling like new in no time! Just remember that using the right materials and following the instructions carefully is key to keeping your baby’s shoes looking great for longer. Good luck!

Store Your Baby’s Shoes in an Appropriate Container

5 Additional Tips and Tricks

  1. Wipe your baby’s shoes with a clean, damp cloth or paper towel before giving them a full-on wash. This initial wipe helps remove any dirt or dust from the shoe’s surface and prepares them for washing.
  2. If there are any tough stains that won’t come off with a wet cloth, use an old toothbrush and some mild soap to scrub them away.
  3. Cleaning leather baby shoes? Use a soft bristled brush instead to help maintain their shape while also cleaning away dirt and grime.
  4. Once you’re done cleaning, stuff the inside of the shoe with newspaper, so they maintain their original shape while drying.
  5. Finally, let your little one’s shoes dry in a warm area away from direct sunlight. This helps keep the shoe material from cracking or fading due to heat.

Following these simple tips and tricks will help you keep your baby’s shoes looking as good as new for many years to come!

This Helps Keep the Shoe Material From Cracking

5 Precautions You Can Take

  1. Make sure the shoes are dry before you start. Wet shoes can cause mold, mildew, and bacteria to form, making your baby’s feet uncomfortable and unhealthy.
  2. Choose a gentle detergent or soap that won’t irritate your baby’s skin. Gently hand wash the shoes in warm water, taking extra care with any leather or fabric material.
  3. Before washing, remove shoelaces if possible, as they may retain dirt and color from the wash water.
  4. Allow the shoes to air-dry completely before wearing them again – using a hairdryer on low heat is an option for speed drying; however, be careful of how close you stand to the shoes, as excessive heat can damage the material.
  5. For extra protection, waterproofing sprays or protectants are available, which help stop dirt and other materials from staining and ruining shoes. Make sure to check the label for any specific instructions before use.

Follow these simple tips when washing your baby’s shoes; you should have no trouble keeping them clean and looking great! It’s best to check the manufacturer’s instructions if cleaning times vary based on the materials used in the shoe. When in doubt, it’s always best to stay safe and err on the side of caution. Taking care of your baby’s feet is important to child development, so be sure to put their hygiene first!


Taking the time to care for your baby’s shoes properly will ensure that they stay in immaculate condition. It’s also important to remember to clean them regularly – once a month is a good guideline. Additionally, remember that white shoes can be bleached if they become stained and that it is important to air dry all of your baby’s footwear instead of putting them in the drier. With these tips and tricks, you can guarantee the longevity of your baby’s shoes.

When it comes to looking after our little ones, few things are more important than ensuring their feet are happy and healthy! So before throwing those tiny kicks out with the bathwater, take some care with cleaning, as it just may save the day.

Hopefully, this article on how to wash baby shoes has been helpful in giving you the knowledge and confidence to wash your baby’s shoes effectively. Then, you can rest assured knowing that their tiny feet are as clean and safe as possible. Good luck! Happy washing!

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Loren Jones

Hi, my name is Loren. I live with my husband and 4 lovely kiddos in the Eastern part of San-fransisco. I have a smart beautiful,curious 6 year old daughter, a handsome 11-year-old son, an intelligent and tech geek 15 years old son and a creative, artistic 12-year-old stepson. With each of my kids being five years apart, I feel that I’m now continually phasing in and out of each stage of parenting! I’ve learned a lot about the way children learn and behave, especially in a school setting with regards to curriculum. I enjoy sharing that insight through my writing and hope that it can help others.

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