Lets Learn How to Clean Shoe Insoles Effectively

Have you been taking care of your shoes lately? All shoes need to be taken cared of, that means cleaning it frequently, making sure that they look attractive enough to wear, and keeping them in their best condition. When the insoles of your favorite shoes, heels, or flats, start to emit foul smelling odor, you don’t necessarily have to throw them out, unless of course it really smells bad and even after you’ve cleaned more than once it still smells the same.

Sweaty feet can produce odor, which results in bacteria, and the inside of your shoes will need some very thorough cleaning to remove the smell. Using a few tips and tricks, you can get rid of odors and pamper your insoles very quickly and efficiently with some TLC.

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In this article, we will be teaching you how to care for your shoes and insoles the correct way, and how you can turn your old shoes into new ones with a few simple tips.

How to clean your insoles properly

Before you proceed to cleaning, you will have to make the necessary preparations to ensure that you can do this the right way.

Things you’ll need:

  • Warm water.
  • Old rag.
  • Old toothbrush.
  • Old towel.
  • Liquid soap.


  1. Start by removing the insoles from your shoes, and then place the shoes in a basin with warm water and mild soap. Using the old toothbrush that you have prepared, apply the water and soap to the insoles, and then scrub it as gently as you can until you can get rid of the dirt. If you have leather insoles, use the old towel and dip it into the warm soapy water and clean it, but make sure that you do not scrub too hard, as this can damage the leather.
  2. After you have finished scrubbing the insoles thoroughly, dry it up with an old clean rag, and place it on a bigger towel to cool off and dry. Leave it there for 24 hours. If again you have leather insoles, make sure that you keep them away from direct sunlight or heat, to avoid cracking.
  3. If your insoles are still smelly, you can remove the odor with baking soda. Before you head to bed, you can place a thin layer of baking soda on top of your insoles using a spoon. Once you have done that, you can lay the insoles on some old newspaper with the baking soda that you placed facing upward. When you wake up in the morning, shake the powder substance off the insoles before you place them back inside your shoes.
  4. If you want your insoles to smell nice with a sweet flavored scent, you can try experimenting with dryer sheets. Since most of these have a nice smell to it, you can cut the sheet in half, and then stuff one half of the sheet in one shoe, and the other one in the next shoes. Let the sheets sit there overnight to allow the scent to transfer from the sheet to your insoles.

Things Not to Do When Cleaning Insoles

Of course, cleaning insoles can be very easy, but there are also some things that you shouldn’t do while cleaning it, because doing so can damage the insoles, here are some tips that you can follow:

  • Do not let your insoles absorb too much water: when cleaning, make sure that you avoid silicone-based products, as these kinds of soaps can result in damage. If you find that the stains are hard to get rid of, you can spot treat it carefully by scrubbing with a soft bristled toothbrush or anything that is similar, but make sure that you rinse the insoles thoroughly after to remove the excess dirt and water. Once you are done, allow them to air dry completely.
  • Do not use a washing machine or a dryer to clean your insoles: For most insoles, this is acceptable, but you will find that most manufacturers will indicate in the instructions that machine-washing insoles can damage the material. Before you do this, make sure that you check the cleaning instructions first to see if your insoles can be placed in a dryer or washing machine.

    If you don’t know where the cleaning instructions are, these can usually be found on the shoe insert box, or on the shoe itself, but if you can find it, there should be a small paper book with instructions that indicate the cleaning instructions. If everything else fails, of course you can just stick to the better solution, which is to hand wash the insoles. That way, there is less risk of damage.
  • Do not dry your insoles directly in contact with heat: for insoles that are made out of a special material like leather, do not allow it to dry under direct sunlight or heat, as this could cause the leather to crack. (as mentioned above)

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