how to clean white crocs

How to Clean White Crocs (in 7 Easy Steps)

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If you are a professional, like a nurse, chef, or teacher, who is on your feet all day, you may have chosen On-The-Clock Work Slip-On Crocs in white for their versatility and comfort.

Or maybe you just like white Crocs for carefree summer wear. Either way, you probably soon found yourself wondering about how to clean white Crocs. Because, well…they’re white, and white gets dirty easily.

Are White Crocs Easy to Clean?

Crocs are relatively easy to clean. You just use soapy water and a soft brush.

How to clean white Crocs is a little trickier because white Crocs may pose more of a challenge than your traditionally colored Crocs. Why? Because white Cros they tend to show dirt more.

Under normal wear, dirt and dust can be removed with a damp cloth. White Crocs are relatively easy to clean.

How to Clean White Crocs

Cleaning your white Crocs may take a little more work than other Crocs, but the procedure is the same. Here’s how to clean white Crocs:

  1. Rinse the Crocs with cold water to remove excess soil and dirt. If your Crocs are heavily soiled, this may be best done outside with the garden hose. Otherwise, use the sprayer and rinse them in the sink.
  2. Fill the sink (or a bucket) with tepid water and add a squirt of dish detergent or mild laundry detergent. Agitate it until it is soapy. Avoid hot water as it can cause your Crocs to warp or shrink.
  3. Place your Crocs in the water and let them soak for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how dirty they are. You can soak them longer if desired.
  4. Use an old toothbrush or soft-bristled scrub brush to scrub and lift the dirt from your Crocs.
  5. Use a bottle brush or other small brush to gently scrub the holes, as dirt and grime can build up inside the holes, leaving your Crocs looking dull and dirty.
  6. Rinse the Crocs under cold running water to remove the soapy residue. Soap and detergent residues left on the Crocs can lead to yellowing or discoloring.
  7. Examine your Crocs for any stubborn stains that need more work. Some stains may require bleach to get them clean. If so, proceed to the section below “How to Clean Your Crocs with Bleach.” Otherwise, allow your Crocs to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from heat sources.

How to Clean White Crocs with Bleach

Sometimes scrubbing your white Crocs with a mild detergent and water isn’t enough. To remove those stubborn stains, you may need to use bleach, too. Follow these steps for how to clean white Crocs with bleach.

  1. Fill a bucket with tepid water. Remember, Crocs don’t like hot water and may warp or shrink if you use hot water.
  2. Add approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons of bleach and mix it well.
  3. Submerge your Crocs in the bucket of bleach and water. Because your Crocs float, you may need to weigh them down to keep them submerged. You can place a heavy object in the toe or place a weight such as a plate or a saucer on top of them. Use care that the object keeps them submerged without squishing the Crocs.
  4. Allow the Crocs to soak for 2 to 3 hours. This allows the bleach solution to work its magic and lift off stains.
  5. Remove the Crocs and examine them for resistant stains. If stains remain, you may need to scrub them again with a soft brush.
  6. Rinse the Crocs with cold water to remove all traces of bleach.
  7. Allow your Crocs to air dry. If you dry them outside, choose a shaded area. It is important to avoid sources of heat, such as a blow-dryer or heater, as this can warp or damage your Crocs.

If you accidentally spill some bleach on your clothes and it stains, have no fear…check out our expert tips on How to Get Bleach Out of Clothes.

How to Clean White Crocs with Fur

cleaning white crocs with fur

According to the Crocs Website, the fuzz or fur in lined Crocs is not removable. They must be cleaned while in the Croc. Here’s how to clean white Crocs with fur.

  1. Wet a soft brush with soapy water.
  2. Use a soft brush to gently scrub the outsides of the Crocs.
  3. Brush the fur lining to lift out dirt and stains.
  4. Rinse the entire Croc with cold water to remove all traces of dirt and soap.
  5. Allow the Crocs to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from heat sources, like direct sunlight.
  6. Alternately, you can wash fur-lined Crocs in cold water in your washer on the delicate cycle. if you choose this method, use a mild detergent.
  7. Allow the Crocs to air dry.
  8. Brush the fur with an old hairbrush or use a comb to fluff up the fur once it has dried.

How to Clean White Crocs with Paint on Them

The best way to keep your Crocs free of paint is to remove the paint immediately with a damp cloth before the paint dries. However, if you discover dried paint on your Crocs, all is not lost.

The procedure for removing it is similar to washing your Crocs. Here’s how to clean white Crocs with paint on them:

  1. Add warm water and a few drops of dish detergent to a bucket of water. The water should be warm enough to help soften the dried paint but should not be hot, as hot water may damage your Crocs.
  2. Immerse the Crocs in the water and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Scrub the paint with a soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush, to free the paint.
  4. Rinse the Crocs and examine them for any remaining paint residue.
  5. If necessary, use a blunt object, like a spoon or the back of a butter knife, to gently scrape the paint from your Crocs. Avoid sharp knives or other objects that may cut or damage your Crocs.
  6. Rinse the Crocs thoroughly to remove all traces of soap.
  7. Allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated area.

How to Disinfect White Crocs

Washing your Crocs regularly typically keeps odor and germs at bay. Still, there may be times, like when you have walked through unsanitary areas or have spilled a contaminant on your Crocs, when disinfecting them is in order.

  1. Rinse the Crocs off outside with the garden hose.
  2. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and add 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water to make a solution for disinfecting.
  3. Place the Crocs in the bucket so they are fully submerged.
  4. Allow your Crocs to soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the Crocs from the water and allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated area.

Frequently Asked Questions

white crocs can stain

Do white Crocs stain?

All Crocs get dirty with regular wear, but white Crocs show more dirt. So how to clean white Crocs depends on what you come in contact with, they can also take on stains.

They may pick up grass stains if you wear your white Crocs playing or lounging in grassy areas. Likewise, spilled foods and beverages may cause stains on your white Crocs.

Can you bleach white Crocs?

When it comes to how to clean white Crocs, bleach can be used to remove stubborn stains from white Crocs, but it must be done with caution. Always dilute the bleach with water and avoid using it at full strength to clean your Crocs.

Undiluted bleach may deteriorate the material your Crocs are made of and compromise the life of your Crocs.

Do white Crocs get dirty easily?

White and light-colored Crocs show dirt more than dark-colored Crocs do. With regular wear, dirt and dust can be removed with a damp cloth moistened with a mild detergent.

Routine care will keep your white Crocs looking good as long as you avoid wearing them in situations where they are likely to get stained. Wearing white Crocs while trekking through grease or grime poses the risk of stains that need your attention.

Do white Crocs turn yellow?

Sometimes, white Crocs yellow due to age, improper washing, or from oxidation. However, with proper care, you can prevent them from yellowing.

Can you wash white Crocs in the washing machine?

Crocs can shrink or warp when exposed to heat, which makes hot water a big no-no. However, they can be washed on the delicate cycle with cold water. But don’t put them in the dryer!

Allow your Crocs to air dry after washing them in the washing machine.

Can you put white Crocs in the dishwasher?

Putting your Crocs in the dishwasher is a big no-no. Not only will it introduce dirt and grime to the dishwasher that shouldn’t be there, but it can also damage your white Croc. Crocs can warp or shrink when exposed to heat, including the hot water in your dishwasher.

Save the dishwasher for its intended purpose and wash your Crocs in the sink or a bucket instead.

Final Thoughts How to Clean White Crocs

Wiping your white Crocs down regularly with a damp cloth typically keeps them looking good. But sometimes, they need a little more care.

If your white Crocs are beginning to show their wear, scrubbing them with soapy water may be all that is needed to restore them. That’s how to clean white Crocs.

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Ken Lyons
Ken Lyons is one of the founding members of Cleaner Digs. He is also the senior editor and contributing author. Ken has owned and operated two cleaning companies in the past: one commercial and one that serviced residential customers. He writes for Clean Digs to share his professional expertise on cleaning and organization. He's been a fastidious cleaning nut and writing about it for more than a decade.