During the summer, my teen and I practically live in our rubber gardening clogs. These sturdy gardening shoes are inexpensive, comfortable to walk in, easy to put on, and are totally washable. While a quick “hosing off” does a great job of keeping your gardening clogs clean most of the time, occasionally they will need a deeper cleaning. Here is how it’s done.
To deep clean your clogs, you will need warm water, a couple of squirts of liquid dish detergent, baking soda, a small scrub brush and a rag. I use my basement utility sink to wash my garden clogs though the bathtub or a washtub will also work.
Presoak the clogs
Begin by squirting a little bit of liquid dish detergent in each clog. Fill the clogs with one to two inches of water. Let soak for 15 minutes.
Washing the clogs
Pour out part of the soapy water, and then use both your rag and scrub brush alternatively to scrub away at the entire inside of the rubber clog. Pay extra attention to the inside of the toe area, heels, and the “vamp” (the upper part of the shoe). Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Use warm soapy water and the brush to scrub away grime that has accumulated on the outside of your rubber garden clogs, both on the uppers and on the sole. Any stubborn stains or black scuff marks that remain on the uppers can be removed with a bit of baking soda applied in a circular motion.
Once the rubber gardening clogs are clean, rinse thoroughly with clear water. Shake off extra moisture and set outside to dry to the sunshine. If you are in a hurry to wear your rubber gardening clogs, the insides could be dried with a blow dryer.
So what about repairing the wear and tear that comes with age? Worn fabric insoles can be fixed with replacement soles purchased in the shoe department of your favorite discount store. As far as polishing up that dull looking exterior, you can purchase a special rubber boot conditioner or even use a dab of Armor-All for a quick fix.
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