Before washing the removable insoles, baking soda can be sprinkled on the shearling lining to help remove excess moisture and bad smells.
After washing, the slippers should be air-dried in a cool, dry location to prevent mold. Harsh chemicals, hot water, bleach, and hot air or a heated dryer should be avoided when cleaning L.L. Bean slippers. It is recommended to clean the slippers whenever visible dirt is present and to avoid frequent cleaning that could damage the slippers.
Dos and don’ts of washing L.L. Bean slippers
5 Step guide to washing L.L Bean slippers
Remove the removable insoles: LL Bean slippers usually come with a set of removable lambskin/shearling insoles. First, remove these insoles from the slippers.
Wash the insoles: There are a couple of ways to wash the removable insoles. One option is to sprinkle baking soda onto the shearling lining and let it sit overnight to help uplift any excess moisture or bad smells. The next day, remove the baking soda by turning the insoles upside down and tapping or shaking off the powder into the trash can. Then, grab a gentle rag, add some cool water to it, and put a few drops of mild detergent on it. Gently use the rag to blot soiled or stained areas of the lining until you feel like the stain has lifted. Be careful not to rub too hard. Use a clean rag with just cool water and gently blot the spot to rinse it. Grab yet another clean rag, this time a dry one, and use it to lift up any remaining moisture from the lining. Let the lining air dry in a cool, dry location to make sure that it doesn’t get moldy.
Wash the slippers: The steps you should follow when washing the rest of the slipper (basically, the shoe part) are relatively similar to what you need to do when washing the insoles. You can remove stains and dirt from your LL Bean slippers using a baking soda dry wash, followed by mild detergent and cool water on a rag. Use a soft-bristle brush, such as a soft toothbrush, to remove stains from the outside of the slippers. It may be more effective than just using a rag.
Rinse the slippers: Use a clean rag with just cool water and gently blot the slippers to rinse them. Make sure to remove any remaining soap residue from the slippers to avoid discoloration.
Air-dry the slippers: Let the slippers air dry in a cool, dry location to prevent mold. Do not use hot air or a heated dryer to dry the slippers, as this can damage the materials. It may take a few hours for the slippers to dry completely.