How To Clean The Fur Lining On Your Shoes & Make Them As Good As New — PHOTOS

There's nothing better than slipping your feet into a warm pair of fur-lined shoes when it's freezing outside. My toes are often the first part of my body to get cold and the last part to warm up, but luckily warm lining can mitigate that problem. After a few months of wear, my winter shoes often look worn down, so I wanted to learn how to clean the fur lining of shoes and get them looking brand new.

I know there are a million ways to help your winter boots last longer, and I usually try to follow those rules as well as possible. I'm fanatical about waterproofing my winter shoes, letting them dry between wears and cleaning salt stains as soon as they pop up. But as much as I want to be perfect, I'm totally in the habit of wearing my fur-lined shoes without socks. Yes, you're technically not supposed to wear UGG boots with socks, so I'm safe there. But my less expensive moccasins and fur-lined boots are nowhere near as nice as my UGG boots, and they're not designed with the same fibers. If I forget to wear socks, they get dirty fast. Luckily, I learned how to clean them quickly and easily. Here's how to clean them.

1. Deodorize Them

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First of all, if your shoes are smelly, you'll need to deodorize them. The night before you plan to clean them, sprinkle the inside with baking soda and let it sit overnight. In the morning, shake out the powder and move onto the next step.

2. Using A Wash Cloth, Scrub The Inside With Soap

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Start by lightly dampening your washcloth with water, then add a small amount of liquid soap to the cloth. Gently scrub the inside of your shoes, taking extra care on the areas that look the dirtiest.

3. Use A Toothbrush

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Next, remove stubborn stains with an old toothbrush. Run it under some water, then add a small amount of soap. Use it to concentrate on areas with tough stains.

4. Get Rid Of Excess Soap

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Rinse the cloth until the water runs clear, then dampen it again with fresh water. Use it to "rinse" any excess soap out of the shoes.

5. Dry Your Shoes

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Let the shoes dry overnight.

6. Use A Hairdryer

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If the fur is matted down or you want it to look extra fluffy, use a hairdryer (set to the "cool" setting) to lightly fluff it back up.

Follow those simple steps and your shoes will be good as new in practically no time.

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