How to Clean Hemp Shoes

Hemp shoes are a popular choice for durable and stylish shoes. 

However, hemp is a natural fiber that can be susceptible to staining and dirt buildup. Therefore it is essential to clean hemp shoes regularly to keep them looking their best.

This article will show you some simple ways to clean hemp shoes using supplies you probably have lying around. 

So if your hemp shoes are dirty from a day of work or play, read on for the best way to get them sparkling clean.


  1. Do not use harsh cleaners like bleach on hemp shoes. Harsh cleaners can stain and damage the hemp material.
  2. Check the care label for instructions. There might be specific instructions for cleaning hemp shoes.
  3. Do not dry hemp shoes in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can shrink the hemp.
  4. Before using a cleaner, test it by applying it to a small inconspicuous area of the shoe to ensure it does not damage the material.
  5.  Do not wash your hemp shoes in the washing machine. The glue or stitching holding the soles onto the fabric may become loose during agitation in a washer.


  1. Remove the laces and removable insoles from the shoes.
  2. Brush away the loose dirt or debris with a clean, soft-bristled brush.
  3. Wash the laces separately with liquid detergent.

Day-to-Day Cleaning 

Illustration showing five steps on how to clean hemp shoes regularly

You should clean your hemp shoes every time you wear them to maintain their material in good shape. The following cleaning methods will help in keeping your shoes looking good.

Materials Required

  1. A toothbrush
  2. A wet rag


  1. Remove the dried mud using a toothbrush.
  2. Use a damp cloth to wipe off dirt residues from the shoes.
  3. If your shoes have wet mud on them, wipe the mud with a dry cloth.
  4. After wiping off the wet mud, wipe your shoes with a damp cloth.
  5. Let the shoes air-dry completely in a well-ventilated area away from sunlight.

You can also use foot wipes to clean the shoes while traveling.

Spot Cleaning Using Mild Detergent

Illustrations showing five steps on how to spot clean hemp shoes with mild detergent

Since hemp is a very absorbent material, stains easily accumulate over the fabric. It is vital to spot-clean the shoes.

Materials Required

  1. Mild detergent
  2. A cloth
  3. A toothbrush
  4. Water


  1. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of mild detergent. Stir the solution well.
  2. Dip a clean, dry cloth into the solution and wring out the excess.
  3. Gently scrub the stained surface of the hemp shoes. You can use a toothbrush to scrub the tougher stains.
  4. Once the stain lifts, rinse the shoes with clean water.
  5. Allow the shoes to air-dry completely.

This method works for mud stains, food stains, and paint stains. These stains need to be cleaned as soon as possible.

In case of tough stains, you can use baking soda and water solutions to get rid of them.

Deep Cleaning Using Cleansing Products

Illustration showing six steps on how to clean hemp shoes using cleansing products

Materials Required

  1. Shoe cleaner
  2. A cloth
  3. A soft brush


  1. Apply a small amount of cleansing solution directly to the cloth.
  2. Gently apply the solution to the entire shoe’s surface with the cloth.
  3. Rub your shes using a soft brush. Pay special attention to the dirty areas of the shoes.
  4. Rinse the shoes with clean water.
  5. Let your hemp shoes air dry in a shaded but well-ventilated area. Do not dry them in direct sunlight as it can shrink the hemp material.
  6. Repeat the process if the shoes are still dirty.

The best cleaning products to clean hemp shoes are those designed for use on natural fibers. Look for cleaners that are specifically marketed as safe for use on hemp.

Some of the recommended products include Lincoln E-Z cleaner and Angelus cleaner. 

Cleaning Soles Using Baking Soda and Detergent

Illustration showing six steps on how to clean soles of hemp shoes using baking soda

Hemp shoe soles are usually made with rubber. These soles are prone to discoloration on prolonged use. Such soles require a specific cleaning solution.

Materials Required

  1. Mild detergent
  2. Baking soda
  3. Soft toothbrush
  4. A cloth
  5. Water


  1. Mix one tablespoon of mild detergent and one tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of water. Stir the solution thoroughly.
  2. Dip a soft toothbrush into the solution.
  3. Scrub the soles’ surface with the toothbrush gently.
  4. Rinse the soles with clean water.
  5. Use a clean cloth to wipe the soles dry.
  6. Allow the soles to air dry completely.

You can also use this paste to clean the sides and laces of the shoes.

Cleaning Shoelaces

Illustration showing five steps on how to clean shoelaces on hemp shoes

Materials Required

  1. Mild detergent
  2. Water
  3. Oxygen-based bleach 
  4. A cloth


  1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of mild detergent and water into a bowl. Mix the solution well.
  2. Soak your shoelaces in the solution.
  3. Let the laces sit for a few minutes.
  4. Use a cloth to wipe off any residue.
  5. Allow the shoelaces to dry on a dryer rack.
  6. Add 2-3 tablespoons of bleach to the cleaning solution if you have white shoelaces. Repeat the process if required.

Do not use bleach on suede, leather, or colored shoelaces. Bleach can discolor and damage the material. Check our detailed guide on cleaning shoelaces for the proper way to clean suede, leather, and colored shoelaces.

Caring and Storing Tips

  1. Store your hemp shoes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  2. Never put hemp shoes in the dryer as this can damage the material.
  3. Brush off the dirt from your hemp shoes regularly. 
  4. When not used, stuff the shoes with clean paper to help them retain their shape.
  5. Never place your hemp shoes near a heat source like a radiator. Heat can shrink and distort the fibers of hemp material.
  6. Occasionally treat your hemp shoes with a suitable shoe protector. This will help to keep them looking good for longer.


How to clean durable hemp shoes?

Durable hemp can be cleaned using several methods. The best way to clean them is by scrubbing them with mild detergent and a toothbrush. Allow the hemp shoes to air dry completely before wearing them again.

Does hemp shrink when dried?

Yes, hemp may shrink when exposed to high heat. To avoid this, wash hemp shoes with cold water. Allow the shoes to dry in a shaded but well-ventilated area.

Are hemp shoes waterproof?

Hemp shoes are not waterproof. If they get wet, allow them to air dry completely before wearing them again. Waterproofing spray can be used to protect the shoes from water damage.  


So there you have it- Everything you need to know about how to clean hemp shoes. Cleaning hemp shoes is not difficult but does require some care. Use the tips above to clean your hemp shoes and keep them looking their best.

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