How to Clean your Birkenstocks ?…

Are your Birkenstocks dirty and full of odors? Normal! Especially if you wear them every day! I’ll show you here how to take care of your sandals and clean them properly. You’ll see, nothing could be easier to make them stop smelling bad. Plus, it’s completely natural and will extend their life.

Notice: My cobbler gave me this trick to wash the inside and outside of my sandals. Here is the best technique to clean your sandals easily and quickly.

What you need :

  • Baking soda
  • Bar soap
  • shoe brush
  • old toothbrush
  • sponge
  • clean clothes
  • water

How to do :

  1. Use the brush to remove the dust on the sandals.
  2. Pass a damp cloth to catch the embedded dust.
  3. Open all the buckles of the sandals.
  4. Clean the interior with the damp cloth.

Note: If the buckle is nubuck leather, use the brush to loosen it up.

  1. Mix a little baking soda and water to make a paste.
  2. Spread the paste on the inside of the sole where your foot lands.
  3. Rub well with the toothbrush so that the mixture penetrates all corners.
  4. Rinse off with the damp sponge.
  5. Lather soap on the sponge.
  6. Clean the soles with this soap sponge.
  7. Rinse the sponge and rinse the sole with it.
  8. Dry with the cloth to absorb as much water as possible.
  9. Let the sandals dry in a dry and ventilated place.


Your Birks are not only clean, but also deodorized thanks to baking soda. No more stinky sandals! Moreover, this method works on all sandals of the same style as Mephisto, Kickers or Zara Why does it work?

Dusting sandals before cleaning them completely is important to ensure a good result. Brushing is therefore a simple but effective gesture to remove encrusted dust. Bicarbonate cleans and disinfects the sole. The icing on the cake: It additionally deodorizes the sole. Bar soap gently cleans the sole. It is a natural product that respects cork without damaging it.

6 Tips to take care of your Birkenstocks

  • Do not put your Birks in the washing machine: this will damage the cork and suede.
  • Dry your sandals outdoors, but especially not in direct sunlight. Again, it is the cork that makes glasses clink and shrink.
  • Never use the dryer to dry them. You risk damaging them permanently.
  • Avoid soaking Birkenstocks directly in water.
  • For grease stains on nubuck sandals, I recommend this tip.
  • For leather flip-flops, you can care for the leather with this homemade shoe polish.