Can you put Birkenstocks in the wash?


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No, it is generally not recommended to put Birkenstocks in the washing machine. The heat, agitation, and friction from the machine can damage the cork footbed, cause the shoe to lose its shape, and even separate the sole from the upper.

Instead, it’s best to clean Birkenstocks by hand using a mild soap, warm water, and a soft brush or cloth. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step by step guide to washing Birkenstocks by hand

Step 1

Remove any loose dirt or debris from the shoe using a soft brush or cloth.

Step 2

Mix a small amount of mild soap with warm water. Use a clean cloth or sponge to apply the solution to the shoe, focusing on any areas that are particularly dirty or stained.

Step 3

Gently scrub the shoe with the cloth or sponge, being careful not to get the cork footbed too wet.

Step 4

Use a damp cloth or sponge to rinse off the soap, again being careful not to saturate the cork.

Step 5

Stuff the shoe with newspaper or a towel to help it keep its shape and to absorb excess moisture.

Allow the shoe to air dry in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. It may take up to 24 hours for the shoe to dry completely.

By following these steps, you can effectively clean your Birkenstocks without risking damage from the washing machine.

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