Do White Crocs Get Dirty? [Know the Answer & Solution of it]

Written By Mahia

Are you thinking about buying white Crocs, but worried about how quickly they’ll get dirty?

Don’t let this concern stop you from buying!

Being with white Crocs for months, I’ll give you insights on, if white Crocs can stand up to the daily wear and tear, and what you can do to keep them looking fresh and

So, read on!

Do White Crocs Get Dirty?

Yes, white crocs get dirty pretty often, as their design and color itself are highly dirt and grime susceptible. It’s a relief that simply regular wiping and washing the dirt off will help you sustain their bright white color.

White shoes tend to show dirt and stains easily, and Crocs, with their porous material, can be even more susceptible to discoloration. However, with a little extra care and attention, you can keep your white Crocs looking fresh and clean.

So, let’s check out the reasons behind white crocs’ attraction to dirt:

  • The nature of white color is the main culprit here, as it tends to highlight dirt no matter what the color is.
    As time goes by, the brightness of white that caught your eyes will be long gone, leaving behind a dull yellowish look.dirty-white-crocs
  • Another reason white Crocs get dirty easily is their design. Their ventilation holes can trap dirt and debris inside the shoe.
    Additionally, the rubber material used is also more prone to scuff marks and scratches than other shoe materials.
  • Overusing the shoes is another reason that makes white Crocs pick up dirt easily.
    As I have experienced, white Crocs are so comfortable that I couldn’t battle the temptation of wearing them– and ended up sticking with them everywhere.
    Wearing the shoes all day long increases their exposure to dirt or mud.
  • How easily the Crocs are getting dirty also depends on what kind of ground you are walking onto. Because of the porous upper and grooved bottom, they pick up mud or stinky wet stuff so easily.

Moreover, if you are destined to buy white Crocs, get ready to see them dirty very often. But don’t panic, I’ll enlighten you with all the simple methods for cleaning them.

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How Do You Keep White Crocs Clean?

Apart from their squishy appearance and cool look, white Crocs get smudged so easily. But there’s nothing to worry about as they are super easy to clean as well.

The key to keeping white Crocs clean is to clean them regularly. Try to keep some wipes with you whenever going out, to wipe off the dirt as soon as possible.

Note: As croslite and EVA material can get deformed when exposed to extreme heat or agitation, avoid cleaning Crocs with the washing machine.

You can handwash them with ease by following the below ways:

  • First, wipe and remove properly any chunk of mud or anything like that with the help of a brush and regular water.
  • Take a bucket of water (lukewarm if you want) and add mild detergent or liquid soap to it. Mix them well with stirring.
    You can add some soda to the mixture.bucket-full-of-soapy-water-and-crocs
  • In the next step, vigorously rub the shoes using the soap-water and a shoe brush. Be sure to remove all the dirt from the bottom and rivet area.
    Stubborn stains like paint can put up a fight while cleaning. In that case, scrub the shoes several times after soaking them in lukewarm water for a while.
  • Now, rinse the shoes thoroughly with plain water to remove all the residues and hang them for air drying in an open place.
  • Never use a dryer or direct sunlight for drying.

Though Crocs are extremely prone to dirt, you can make them look new with these simple ways.

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Do White Crocs Turn Yellow?

Yes, white crocs can turn a yellowish color if you misuse or wear them for a long time. Crocs, especially white ones, are trendy now because of their versatility and cool design.

White crocs can turn yellow if they are left uncleaned with dirt, sweat, or stains for a long time.

Another reason for this could be oxidization by air. If you leave them out for a long period, continuous changes in the air can make the shoes yellow.yellow-mark-on-white-crocsBesides, exposure to high temperatures, such as leaving your Crocs in a hot car or on a sunny windowsill, can cause the plastic to soften and discolor.

Some cleaning agents or detergents can cause discoloration of white Crocs when you don’t rinse them off properly and the residues are left on the shoes.

Also, sunlight can cause the plastic material of the Crocs to yellow over time. This is because the UV rays in sunlight can break down the plastic and cause discoloration.

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How You Can Get Your White Crocs White Again?

Worn-out white Crocs can drag down your final look. Worry not! It’s possible to restore their bright white color. From bleaching to painting them white, many ways are out there to make them white again.

Here’s a compiled list of effective ways to get the crocs white color back:

Apply Baking Soda and Vinegar

You can make your Crocs white and fresh again simply by applying a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

For this to get done, follow the steps below:

  • Mix 2–3 tablespoons of baking soda and vinegar with a doubled quantity of water. Mix them through stirring to form a light paste.
  • Then, use a toothbrush to gently scrub the paste onto the discolored areas of the Crocs.
  • Leave the paste on for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Many people get bothered by the vinegary smell left in their shoes after this process. To mask the smell, you can use some deodorizer when the shoes are dry. Or, just avoid vinegar, you can get the cleaning work done using soda and water.

Here is our separate post on how long do Crocs last?

Use A Magic Eraser

A magic eraser is a melamine sponge, that can effectively remove dirt, grime, and stains from shoe surfaces. They are particularly useful for cleaning the toughest stains on white Crocs.

To use a magic eraser to clean white Crocs, follow the steps:

  • First, wet the eraser with water.using-the-magic-eraser
  • Then gently rub the eraser over the surface of the Crocs.
  • Frequently rinse the eraser and the shoes to remove any dirt or debris.
  • For stubborn stains, you can also try using a small amount of mild soap or detergent on the eraser before scrubbing.

Once you’re finished with the cleaning, let the Crocs dry completely before wearing them again. This will help to prevent any mildew or odor from developing.

Apply Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a versatile cleaning product that can be used to remove a variety of stains, including those on white Crocs.

To use toothpaste to clean your Crocs, start by squeezing a small amount of toothpaste onto a damp cloth or toothbrush.using-toothpaste-on-dirty-crocs

After that, gently rub the toothpaste onto the surface in a circular motion  using a bit of pressure.

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Sometimes, you can’t get the stains out with anything. If that’s the case, bleaching the white Crocs can help you. So, try this method when everything else fails.

Bleach the shoes with the following steps:

  • Mix a small amount of bleach with water in the bucket or bowl. For every cup of water, use about 2 tablespoons of bleach.
  • Using the brush or toothbrush, scrub any dirt or grime off of the Crocs. This allows the bleach solution to penetrate the material and effectively remove any stains.
  • Soak the Crocs in the bleach solution for about 15–20 By checking on them periodically, ensure that they are not discoloring or becoming damaged.
  • Remove them from the bleach solution and rinse them thoroughly with water. Make sure that no traces of bleach are left.
  • Allow the Crocs to air dry in a well-ventilated area. Do not put them in the dryer as the heat can cause the material to warp or shrink.
Note: Be sure to wash the Crocs after the bleaching process with a mild detergent, as bleach can damage the material. Also, be careful not to over-bleach them.

Final Thoughts

Crocs are like a staple for every footwear enthusiast no matter what adventure you are thinking about taking. And when it’s about classic white Crocs, no one can’t say no to them.

As for queries on Croc’s ability to stand out on dirt, this article will help you till the end. So, don’t let any confusion stop you from adding these cool shoes to your closet.

Drop a comment below if you wanna know more about Crocs.

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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