How to Clean Crocs


Christine asked: What is a good way to get dirt and grime off a pair of Crocs? I’ve seen containers of “Crocs cleaners” in stores where Crocs are sold. Do you know what this cleaner is and if there is anything else I could use instead?

The latest fad in footwear, Crocs have become extremely popular with all ages and backgrounds. These sandal-like shoes are made from a non-porous resin that makes them very durable and keeps them from absorbing things such as stains, odors, etc. They are extremely easy to care for with things that you have right in your own home.

You Will Need:

Steps to Clean the Crocs:

  1. Begin by rinsing the shoes thoroughly with plain water. Much of the dirt will be removed this way.
  2. For any remaining dirt, mix some dish detergent with water in a bucket or sink.
  3. Use the soft cloth to wipe off any dirt and grime that may seem stuck to the surface.
  4. If a stubborn stain is giving you problems, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to wipe it away.
  5. If they are really soiled, add a small amount of bleach to the water.
  6. As the Crocs are soaking, use a scrub brush to scrub the dirt away.
  7. Rinse the shoes thoroughly and allow them to dry completely.
  8. That’s it! They’re ready for another round of outdoor exploration, beach time, work, etc.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • For quick cleanings, place the Crocs in the dishwasher. Running them through a normal cycle has been found effective in removing even tough stains like grass stains.
  • For on-the-go cleanings, keep a package of Armor-all wipes handy. These wipes can be used to quickly spruce up your Crocs when you’re out and about.
  • If you have tough dirt and grime build-up and want to avoid bleach, try Formula 409 spray cleaner. Just spray it on and scrub the area until it is clean. Rinse thoroughly after all of the dirt is removed.
  • Though there are special cleaners available, they are not necessary. Even the Croc website suggests just using soap and water or just water to clean Crocs. However, if your Crocs are looking a little dull, you may want to consider Croc Butter. It’s an oil-like polish that will restore the surface of your Crocs and keep them looking shiny and new.


  1. Alyssa says:

    Magic Eraser worked great on my daughter’s light pink crocs. Quite surprised how nice they looked, almost new!

  2. Sara says:

    Putting them in a hot dishwasher or washing machine could shrink them!

  3. Hannah says:

    I followed these steps on some used mock Crocs that I bought for my son and they look brand new!

  4. Mike says:

    Don’t put you Crocs in the blazing sun to dry – they shrink! Crocs kindly replaced my shoes, which I had dried in the African summer sun. They really shriveled!

  5. Hilary says:

    My crocs are not dirty, but they have soaked up sweat. What is the best way to clean them of sweat and the smell of sweat?

  6. Ea says:

    DO NOT put CROCS in the DISHWASHER!!! The temperature is too high and it will ruin them. I put mine in the washer with a cold water wash. Add a few items of clothing (too many may cause the Crocs to get stuck and rub) with them.

  7. Diane says:

    I spilled tomato sauce on my white Crocs at work; how do I get it off? I have tried everything you suggested except the dishwasher. Any ideas?

  8. Melanie says:

    Perhaps this article can help: How to Remove Tomato Stains. An enzyme-digester (like for pet accident stains) could also work.

  9. Sondrac says:

    I just put my crocs into the dishwasher and they came out looking like new. The hot water did not shrink them. I did not leave them in the dishwasher for a full two wash. I took them out after they washed for a few minutes, then towel dried them and gently rubbed the soiled spots with a clean towel. They look like new.

  10. Cindy says:

    Mine shrunk in the dishwasher’s top rack. I was so upset. They’re not cheap and I couldn’t even get into them after that. I learned my lesson.

  11. Alice says:

    I’m thinking of putting my Crocs in the dishwasher and I never use heated dry because it shrinks things. I was wondering if those who had their Crocs shrink in the dishwasher had used the heated dry setting or if it was due to the water temp.

  12. Abdulaziz says:

    It’s amazing… I’m following these steps, but when I put them in the sun for drying, they shrunk!

  13. Stef says:

    I use black liquid shoe polish on my black Crocs to bring them back to black again. Works well!

  14. Christie says:

    You should really read the Crocs FAQ on their website. They SPECIFICALLY say to not expose Crocs to heat from the sun, the washing machine, the dishwasher (etc.) – it can shrink and/or warp them. It’s irresponsible to post this article without even doing any research; it could cost someone their expensive pair of shoes!

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