Clean Rainbow Sandals : Most Effective Guide [Step by Step]

Written By Mahia

A warm beam of sunlight kissing your face while walking in the sandy seashore of Miami Beach in your cozy Rainbow sandals, how fascinating isn’t it?

Well, I would live for the moment, and wearing Rainbow sandals would have been icing on the cake. Myself being a shoe/sandal lover, I choose shoes according to season. For the summer holidays, Rainbow sandals are my favorite.


However, cleaning the Rainbow sandals after you come from a vacation or wearing them often can give you a hard time. But don’t worry, I am here to provide you with some easy yet useful hacks that will help you clean your Rainbow sandal in the blink of an eye.

This article includes:

  • What are Rainbow sandals?
  • Some shockingly easy methods to clean Rainbow boots
  • Tips for your stinking Rainbow sandals to smell good

What Are Rainbow Sandals?

Rainbow sandals are an extremely comfortable leather sandal with a rubber sole designed to form your feet’ shape. The top of the thong-style flip flops is mainly made from leather, hemp, rubber. Rainbow sandals come in both designs for men and women.

Since 1974 Rainbow sandals are making top-notch quality sandals. In the beginning, the Rainbow company had produced only 15 pairs of sandals per day, and now they manufacture 1000 sandals a day. In a year, Rainbow sandals make more than 2,000,000 pairs of sandals.

Rainbow sandals are mostly appreciated because the sandals are handmade. Also, they design the sandals to mold to your feet, giving you comfortable wear.

But before that, go through our epic guide how to Clean Muddy Leather Boots.

How To Clean Rainbow Sandals

Cleaning is a must to make your Rainbow sandals look new and increase its longevity. If you are one of them who cleans his/her sandals once in six months, you are making a big mistake. Don’t let the dirt or soil settle in the sandals. Rather clean your Rainbow sandal after every 2-3 weeks. Some simple techniques are discussed below on how you can clean your Rainbow sandals with the things present in your kitchen.

Whatever material your sandal is, rubber, leather, or hemp, you can use the same cleaning method on all of them.

Things you’ll need:

  • Lukewarm water
  • Dish soap
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Cotton clothes
  • Paper towel


Here are the steps to wash Rainbow sandals:

  • Remove the soil or rubbish from the sandals. To do this, take an old toothbrush and softly brush the insole and upper of the sandal.
  • Take a clean cotton cloth and slightly wet it. Rub the areas of the sandals where there is heavy dirt with the moistened cloth. It will remove the excess dirt from the surface of the sandals.
  • Make soapy water with a few drops of the dishwasher and a bowl of lukewarm water. Stir them well so that the soap mixes with the water.
  • Wet a small piece of fresh cloth in the soapy water and squeeze it out to remove the excessive moisture. If you don’t wring out the excess water, your sandals will get completely wet and make your cleaning process difficult.
  • Starting from the sandals’ straps to the insoles, gently rub with the soapy cloth in a little circular movement. Make sure to rub it soft-handly; otherwise, you will end up damaging the texture of the sandal’s material.
  • After rubbing with a soapy cloth, if there is still dirt marks present, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. What brushing does is, remove the stubborn marks from the sandals.
  • Pat the sandals with a paper towel. It will wipe off any wetness from the sandal. Also, make sure there is no soapy water; the remains of soap water can damage the sandals’ fabric.
  • Leave the sandals for air-dry and keep it out of straight sunlight. Direct sunlight makes the Rainbow sandals fragile, making the insole of the sandals to crimp and break.

And wa-lah, your Rainbow sandals are neat and clean.

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Removing Bad Odor From Rainbow Sandals


Bad smell is very familiar in Rainbow sandals. Foul odor happens for a couple of reasons, excessive sweating of the feet, dirty feet. Some leather sandals can’t absorb the sweat from the feet, which results in a bad smell.

Along with cleaning, your rainbow sandals also need to smell good. Using your household products, say good-bye to the unpleasant odor from your sandals forever.

Here are some easy methods you should follow to remove bad smell from your Rainbow sandals:

Keep the sandals out in the sun

If you wear Rainbow sandals daily, take a couple of days to break from wearing the sandals. Leave the sandals out in an airy place or out in the sun to completely getting dried up. But this technique only goes for light foul odor; strong and awful smell needs a bit work more than this.

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Use rubbing alcohol

Take some pieces of paper towel, slightly wet the paper with rubbing alcohol. Do not wholly drench the paper towel in the liquor; soaking it will damage your sandals. Just moisten it.

Wrap the damp paper towel over the areas where your feet touch the insole of the sandals.

Let the damp paper sit on the sandal for a few hours, or until the paper completely dries out.

Use baking soda

Go to your kitchen and grab the baking soda. Baking soda is beneficial in removing any type of bad smell.

Take a zip lock bag (more extensive than your sandal’s size, approximately 1 gallon) put your sandals inside the bag.

Drop half a cup of baking soda in the zip lock bag. Secure the bag and shake the bag so that you cover the sandals entirely in baking soda.

For 2-3 days, let the sandals sit in the bag with baking soda smeared all over it.

After three days, take off the sandals from the bag and shake off the sandals thoroughly so that there are no remains of baking soda. If the baking soda is stuck to the sandal, use a brush and softly brush it to remove the powder.

Use vodka

Sounds a bit peculiar, right? But vodka helps to remove the foul smell of the sandals.

Pour a small amount of vodka in a spraying bottle.

Softly spray the vodka over the insole of your sandals.

Let it sit for a few hours in an airy place. Before wearing the sandals, make sure it is thoroughly dried.

Take Proper Care Of Your Feet

Unclean feet are one of the main reasons for the foul odor. Wash your feet with disinfected soap and scrub your feet once in a week.

Keep your feet dry. After taking a shower or cleaning your feet, make sure you pat dry your feet thoroughly with a towel. Dampen feet increase the growth of bacteria.

Use feet antiperspirant for sweaty feet. Spray some antiperspirant on your feet; this will control your sweat.

Precautions You Should Take While Wiping Rainbow Sandals

  • Do not use any leather oil or conditioners or any other oil-based items on your Rainbow sandals. Rainbow altogether prohibited using these types of products, as it divides the layer of the sole.
  • While using a toothbrush to remove the dirt, do not brush the sandals roughly.
  • Try to keep your Rainbow sandals fully dry.
  • When using alcohol-based products, do not spray it in a particular place for a long time; instead, spread it evenly.

Frequently Asking Questions

What happens if Rainbow sandals get wet?

If you wear Rainbow sandals and walk in them daily, after a few days, they become even and regular to use. So, the only danger involved for drenching the Rainbow sandals in the water is leather firmness and leather crumbling. It can invalidate the Rainbow sandal’s guarantee.

Why does the Rainbow sandal curl up after cleaning them?

After cleaning the sandals, curling up the sandals is very common. Once you start wearing them, they will be again even out.

Can you wear rainbow sandals in the water?

Yes, you can wear your Rainbow sandals in water without bothering about warranty breaking. However, most of the people have this question whether to use Rainbow sandals on water or not. But make sure to dry them up.


Rainbow sandals are the ultimate comfy sandals that anyone can wear. But you can take advantage of this sandal only if you clean them and take proper care of them. This article provides you with all the useful hacks that will help you clean your Rainbow shoes and prevent any bad smell. I hope you will surely use the techniques for cleaning your sandals and get a stunning result. Share your experience with us; we would love to know your thoughts and opinion about this article.

About The Author
Since childhood, Mahia is a shoe freak. And this is what lead her to do more research and gather knowledge about shoes.Mahia has always wanted to share her skill and knowledge about footwear with a mass audience, which ended her up in this amazing workplace.When Mahia is not writing, you can almost always find her in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes to upgrade her catering menu.

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