How to wash slippers

pairs of children's slippers on a wooden floor

Slippers are one of the most comfortable footwear items, providing warmth for our feet. However, just like any other footwear, they need regular cleaning to maintain hygiene and appearance.

Cleaning slippers is a straightforward and simple process that can be done using a few basic steps, helping to keep your slippers clean, fresh, and in good condition for as long as possible. In this article, we will discuss the most common questions people have about cleaning slippers, including whether you can put them in the washing machine and dryer.

How to clean slippers:

The first thing you need to do is check the care label or manufacturer's instructions for specific cleaning instructions.

Different slippers may require different cleaning methods based on the material they're made of.

If your slippers are made of fabric, you can start by removing any loose dirt or debris by gently brushing them with a soft-bristled brush or using a lint roller. For suede or leather slippers, use a suede brush or a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or stains.

For more noticeable stains on your slippers, you can often use a mild detergent or stain remover to treat the affected area. Dilute the detergent in a small bowl of water, then use a cloth or sponge to dab the solution onto the stain, working from the outside in. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to avoid leaving any residue.

Can you put slippers in the washing machine?

Yes…and no. It depends on what your slippers are made from. Some slippers can be washed in the machine and others not. Typically, fully fabric or cotton slippers are usually fine to wash in the washing machine. However, you need to check the care label in your slippers to determine the best method of cleaning.

Leather, suede, sheepskin and velvet slippers tend to not be machine washable. For non-machine washable pairs, you can hand wash them using a mild detergent and lukewarm water. Gently agitate the slippers in the water and then rinse them thoroughly with clean water. Avoid twisting or wringing the slippers though, as this can damage their shape and structure.

After washing, remove the slippers from the machine and reshape them if necessary. Stuffing them newspaper will help them retain their shape as they dry.

How to wash slippers in the washing machine

If your slippers are machine washable, you can place them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. A gentle or delicate program is needed to prevent the machine completely distorting the share of your slippers.

Also, ensure your gentle cycle uses a low temperature and be sure to remove any insoles or inserts and place them separately in the machine. It’s best to avoid washing slippers with items that have zippers, buttons, or any other sharp or abrasive objects that could damage the slippers.

Can you dry slippers in the dryer?

When it comes to drying your slippers, you have two options - air-drying or using a tumble dryer. If you choose to air-dry them, place your slippers in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat sources, such as radiators. It’s recommended to avoid using a heater or hair dryer to dry the slippers, as this can cause them to shrink or lose their shape.

If you prefer to use a dryer, firstly double check the care instructions. If use of a tumble dryer is possible, use a low heat setting and place the slippers in a mesh laundry bag to protect them from tumbling around too much. Be sure to remove them from the dryer before they are completely dry to avoid over-drying and shrinking. Leave them out of direct heat or sunlight to finish drying.