Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Clean Stinky Dansko Clogs

Saturday afternoon I got caught in a very refreshing rainstorm on my way to see 20 Feet from Stardom (which I totally recommend, that is both getting caught in the rain and the film). My Dansko clogs were soaked. I let them dry on a windowsill when I got home, but things seemed a little funky when I put them on again on Sunday afternoon. When I removed them on Sunday evening it smelled like I'd been aging cheesy in those things. Yes, it was that bad!

To get them back on track, I used:
  • about 1/4 cup water, room temperature
  • about 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cleaning cloths
  • an old toothbrush

Here's what I did:
  1. I wiped the insides of the clogs with a cloth.
  2. I mixed the water and vinegar together in a cup. 
  3. I dipped another cloth into the mixture, then wrung it out so that it wasn't dripping wet. I used this to scrub the insides of the shoes (footbed, inside roof). Some elbow grease was necessary. #realtalk
  4. I dipped a toothbrush in the mixture and used it to reach funky nooks and crankys.
  5. I let the shoes air dry completely overnight.
Results: Excellent! No more cheese smell, no vinegar smell either. Just funk-free and fabulous! I believe these techniques will work on the soles of other funky hippie shoes and sandals worn without socks like Birkenstock and Toms too.

Like this? Check out my other tips for keeping shoes fresh.

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