How to Clean the Inside of Work Boots?

If you work in an environment where your boots are constantly getting dirty, or if they’re just old and need a good scrubbing, then this blog is for you! Here’s how to clean the inside of your work boots.
-Use a bucket with warm water and dish soap mixed together to create a soapy solution. Fill the bucket halfway up with warm water and add about two tablespoons of dish soap. Make sure not to use too much dish soap because it could cause a residue on your shoes that will attract dirt.
-Put on some rubber gloves so as not to get any chemicals from the glove onto the shoe’s surface or vice versa.

How to Clean the Inside of Work Boots?

Clean the outside of your work boots with a damp cloth

Keep the inside of your boots clean with a damp cloth. This will help prevent any potential damage incurred by dirt, mud, or other materials inside the boot.

On occasion, there’s dry soil on the inside of your work boot after using it for work purposes outside. A damp cloth can easily wipe away any residue left behind-returning it to an original state of cleanliness.
The act of wiping away dried stuff with a moist towel is actually something people overlook frequently when needed; at least I know I do! Be sure to always keep fabric within reach if you’re dealing with anything that could leave behind residue (like juices, sauces, oils…)

Soak them in warm water and dish soap for 15 minutes, then scrub with an old toothbrush to loosen dried dirt

I’ve never done this to a pair of work boots, but I can think of some unsafe things you might want to consider.

Workers that do landscaping or construction often need special footwear for their line of work. These work boots need to be tough and durable as they encounter potentially dangerous situations such as sharp objects underfoot, narrow ledges, and unstable falls.

The materials used in the soles should be slip-resistant and with good traction over different textures like wet mud or snow icescapes
As far as cleaning go: it’s not recommended for people with foot injuries or neuropathy, so I would recommend doing your research before you decide on a method.

Rinse off all the soap residue and dry your boots thoroughly before wearing them again

It’s equally important to dry the inside of the boot as the outside. Because it is likely that one side will get wetter than the other, at some point, this means you’ll have water logged shoes on both feet! You can rig up a dry bag or rock sack with a rock in it all around your boots to make sure they are staying nice and dry while you sleep.

Try using a scrub brush to get into hard to reach spaces. Leaving soap residue inside of your boots will only cause more problems in the future. It’s also important not to store them wet because even if they aren’t damp on the outside, there may be moisture on the inside which can transfer onto fabric or leather items (especially shoes) when you put them away.

If you wear steel-toed boots, make sure to use a heavy duty cleaner designed specifically for this type of boot

Work boots naturally accumulate a lot of dirt and oil over time. If you wear them frequently, they can even start to smell bad or stain your socks. What makes the dirt and gunk so hard to clean off is that it often gets stuck down in the grooves of the sole.

Tim’s favorite method for cleaning these boots is by spraying inside with a heavy duty cleaner like soap and water, then letting all the solution sit overnight. The next day, he rubs out any residual gunk (leaving everything else soft) with a scrubbing brush intended for foam mats before leaving them anywhere accessible to dry completely.

Dirt and oil can get on the inside of your work boots, especially if they’re used for walking through any of these substances. Heavy duty cleaners designed specifically for this purpose will eliminate many times more dirt and bacteria than regular soap and water would.

Heaven forbid that you need to clean your work boots! However, if it must be done then follow these steps:

  • Examine the soles of your boot for anything really, really icky so you know what’s going in there before it goes in. Don’t bother with a deep cleaning until necessary
  • Clean about 5 inches from the top so as not to damage what you want protected
  • Fill up a sink or bucket with warm water + dish deter

Make sure not to put any kind of polish or coating on the inside of your work boots as these can cause irritation or other problems if worn too long without socks

Your work boots should never have anything on the inside of them. The material in your boot is designed to allow for moisture and sweat to come out and let air flow in so that your feet will not be affected by dampness or blisters. When you put something like polish on the inside, it prevents this from happening and makes the shoe more uncomfortable to wear.

The most important way you can help protect your boots is by keeping them clean. You should avoid getting mud or other dirt into them because these materials tend to dry out, cake up, and make cleaning difficult. Brush off any excess dirt when you remove your boots before putting them away for storage at night (or in the morning), and don’t forget about brushing off.

Use petroleum jelly on leather boots instead – it will provide waterproofing that will protect against moisture seeping through cracks in the leather

As we all know, natural moisturizer like Vaseline is one of the best treatments for dry and cracking heels. It also works wonders on leather boots that are looking a bit beaten up and dry. When it’s raining or snowing outside, put some petroleum jelly inside your work boots instead of applying on the outside to provide waterproofing that will extend your boot life.

Petroleum jelly is not waterproof. It will work for your leatherwork boots if applied sparingly, but it will make any moisture breathable. For inside of work boots, you need a breathable barrier like DuPont Footwear Dusty Rebel Breathable Waterproofer, or better yet an application of Vectron’s NexGen Tech Direct-Dry System – the shoe emulsifier/sealer that provides water resistance AND odor reduction!

Store your shoes in shoe trees when they’re not being worn so they don’t crease or lose their shape over time

Sometimes people don’t have a choice about whether or not to take their shoes off when they get home from work. If that’s the case for you, then just be aware that a little creasing will happen as a result–and it’s something you’ll want to deal with as soon as possible!

The best thing for this is “toothpaste.” Toothpaste has been shown to have remarkable abilities in terms of restoring the leather on one’s shoe. It works because toothpaste contains an abrasive which helps remove dirt, oil and other grime stuck deep inside your shoe welts. Without getting too technical, I’ll just say that by removing what builds up over time along the sole and heel.

Rinse off all soap residue from both sides of your work boots

It’s important to apply soap only the outside surface of your boots, as any residue left can result in prematurely wearing down parts such as zipper and lace hooks. However, it is just as important to rinse off all soap residue from both sides of your work boots.

Dirt or sand that has been ironed into the leather can become a breeding ground for bacteria if not properly washed away after exposure to water. When improperly washed away blisters and sores often develop on areas of skin that have been exposed long enough – feet being a prime example.

Let them dry completely before wearing them again

It’s a good idea to let them dry completely before wearing them again. Unless you wear the boots for your jobs at a place that manufactures rubber products, they may get sticky because of the manufacturing process.

There are some day-long boot polish kits on Amazon if you want to brush up on your shoe paint skills. If not, use something like Nikwax water and stain repellent ($11) which will coat the outside of your work shoes without changing their shape or color.

Absolutely. Walking in wet boots can lead to harmful long-term consequences for your feet, such as fungal infections, cold extremities and frostbite. In addition, dirt and bacteria from the outdoors will collect on the inside of your boot that you will then track onto a clean floor or carpeted area in your house or work environment.

Wet boots also tend to retain a really bad foot odor that may be a combination of sweat and fungal spores left behind after contact with water. If possible, keep two pairs at the ready so you don’t have to wash one pair while wearing another!

If you have heavy duty mud, use a cleaner specifically for that type of situation

If you have mud inside of work boots, the easiest way to clean the mess up is with a good old scrubbing. It may take awhile but it’s effective for this one job.

Cleaner can be used outside of work boots, make sure to use an outdoor safe cleaner if you use the mud in lots of places or if large quantities are used in your yard outside.

You would also want to pre-clean surfaces before applying any type of cleaner to reduce its effectiveness. Using dishwasher soap is best for extreme cleaning jobs because it has everything that one might need to do a thorough scrub without adding too much product which could lead into diluted or wasted materials.


Whether you want to learn how to clean the inside of your work boots or just need some tips on what not to do, this blog post has all the information you’ll need. However, if that’s still not enough for you and you’re looking for a more in-depth overview of boot care, we have an article with even more helpful hints here!

The pros and cons will vary depending on what type of boot you have or how often they get dirty. If your shoes only occasionally get dirty, then using some soap and water is probably all that’s necessary for cleaning them off.

If they’re frequently getting wet because you wear them in muddy conditions, then we recommend adding vinegar to help neutralize any odors before doing the initial wash with soap and water; this also helps prevent bacteria buildup down into the boot.

You may want to consider drying out your rubber soles by putting newspaper underneath (to protect flooring) while inserting baking soda between layers of paper towels.


How do you get the stink out of work boots?

You can put them in a bucket of water (preferably cold) to soak, then ring out the excess liquid by squeezing. Afterward, use diluted lemon juice or vinegar on your boots before wiping dry with paper towels.

This should make the leather less susceptible to odors and stains while leaving it supple and resistant to cracks. You can also apply talcum powder after socks are pulled over the top if you want an extra moisture barrier for odor prevention – be sure not to get any powder below the heel where it will cause foot sweating problems! Finally, try using these simple methods instead of expensive products that don’t work as well. Simple shoe care goes a long way!

How do you clean inside work shoes?

First, rotate your shoes so that the part that touches the ground is at the top. Scoop up a tablespoon of baking soda and pour it inside one shoe. Then, use a wet cloth to scrub all over the surface where your feet touch at least three times.

Finally, dump 1/8 cup vinegar or ammonia and 1 gallon of water inside each shoe and scrub again with a clean wet cloth at least three more times. Lastly, air dry both shoes before wearing them again!

It’s important for everyone to know how to take care of their footwear properly to prevent odor and wearability problems (such as soles coming off) – especially because work shoes demand such focused attention!

Can you spray hydrogen peroxide on shoes?

You can, but you will need to scrub and remove any and all dirt and dry skin before applying.

Spraying hydrogen peroxide on shoes after having cleaned them would just wash away the benefits of the cleaning-so you’ll want to wait for your shoes to dry first. If it is allowed, try rubbing a few drops up against the tongue which should cost as much as spraying it on shoes (only salt).

If not allowed, try ammonia; this one might make your eyes water though. But the bonus side is that boric acid also works…but take extreme caution when using! The only downside with boric acid is that if too much gets onto/into someone or something then they could experience seizures or worse.

Why do my work boots smell like cat pee?

If the boots are high quality and made from leather, it could be a reaction to the chemicals used in tanning hides. This is called “tannery stink.”

If you’re not sure about the boot itself being of good quality, then try sniffing a piece of cured leather stuffed inside a sock. Remove enough air to form a vacuum seal and then suck through your nose for 15 seconds without letting anything out. If what you smell matches your boots, chances are they’ve been affected by something from their surroundings – cat pee being one possibility.

The enzyme system behind this cat-pee chemical is the same as one involved in the metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids. In their excrement, cats spray a combination of urine and microorganisms that have been found to cause asthma or allergies for humans.

This ‘sandwich’ usually consists of fecal matter from an infected animal laced with bacteria from the intestines, viruses from any type of contaminated felidae discharge, decaying proteins from whatever dead prey was ingested by the sick animal, ectoplasmic jelly left over after a slime-making spirit has moved on to more interesting realms.

Why do my work boots stink?

So just two suggestions for how to deal with this problem. The first is try the clothes dryer method. Use a short, high setting to get them hot and let them air out afterward. Beware of using this option if there’s been any really wet conditions because it could render your boots too dry and cause them to crack or pull away from the material materials they’re made of; only use the clothes dryer when your feet aren’t caked in mud.
The second suggestion would be an old-fashioned shoe deodorizer like Febreeze Premium Ozone Fresh Foot Odor Eliminator Spray (with its own built in UV ozone system) which will help neutralize bad smells making your work boots smell fresh for weeks.

Does baking soda get rid of smell in shoes?

It has been reported that baking soda does a pretty good job of absorbing smells. However, there is one major issue with this strategy: it can be really time consuming and expensive to keep alternating the baking soda in your shoes. It should work well for a week or two at a time, but after that you will have to change the baking soda again–and again–and many people end up never switching it out.

Instead, I would recommend taking some compost from your outdoor gardening area and mixing it with clay clay dust or earthworms from your garden shed. If you use garden soil, you’ll need to add water so that the mixture looks moist but not soggy ― about 30% moisture content should do nicely.

How do you clean smelly boots?

Over the years, we’ve found 3 eco-friendly ways to get your boots looking and smelling fresh again.

1.Fill a bucket with 2 cubes frozen water, 8 tablespoons of white vinegar and add 5 tablespoons baking soda. Place note inside for when you return from hiking or camping trip

2.Mix 1 tablespoon of dry mustard powder in 2 cups warm water and stir until fully dissolved, then pour mixture into an empty spray bottle If it’s hot outside, pour some ice cubes into the bucket first before filling it up with cold water, then place your smelly boot on top of pile once it has swollen enough that there is no more room for any more ice cubes beneath it.

Can I put my boots in the washing machine?

Yes, you can put your boots in the washing machine. The washing machine will effectively clean the dirt and muck off of your boots – it is like adding a really long vacuum cleaner on high power with soap (thanks to the hot water).

However, make sure that first you’ve rinsed them inside-out first to remove any soap residue. Otherwise, it’s likely that they’ll be damaged by some remaining soap residues if they’re left to dry like this – which may affect their form (and not in a good way), as well as cause adhesive or patches on them to breakdown quickly. You also run the risk of attracting mould if you leave damp clothes hanging too long before drying properly either!

What household items can I use to clean leather shoes?

  1. Cleaning leather shoes can be a pain, but there are some household items that work well
  2. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away any dirt or stains
  3. Use vinegar and water to soak your shoes in the solution for about 10 minutes
  4. Spray on a leather conditioner after you’ve scrubbed them clean with soap and water
  5. Shoe polish is also great if you have it handy – just use a dry cloth to rub it into the shoe’s surface

Is it OK to spray Lysol in shoes?

No. The chemical in Lysol can break down into formaldehyde, which is poisonous and known to cause bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory problems when inhaled.
When it comes to disinfecting shoes, use a clonazepam foam such as Softonox (Cloroxbrand).

Every time one walks around in a shoe sprayed with Lysol you are risking exposure to a potentially harmful poison. This isn’t worth a few seconds of relief from the smell of stinky shoes! Putting this on your feet will create more problems than you have currently solved by putting chemicals on your feet – so stick with plant based fabric sheets for quinoa odor control instead.

Can I spray Lysol in my shoes?

Sure, as long as you don’t have a sensitivity to it.

Well, Lysol is typically used as a disinfectant and getting it on your skin shouldn’t be too much of an issue. But if you’re spraying it in your shoes like some people might do with spray deodorizer…I’m not sure how safe this would really be. On the one hand, there’s no safety data on inhaling mixed Lysol vapors (ie the ones that come out of cans) so I guess they’re most likely fine for use around food prep surfaces like countertops (and shoes).

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