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How to Disinfect Shoes In 4 Steps To Keep Your Home Virus-Free!

By April 4, 2020November 19th, 2022Sneakers

DISINFECT SHOES FEATThe coronavirus outbreak has forced the world into total lockdown for health safety purposes. And in an attempt to cause the virus to perish. We’re living in a time where telling a normal person from an obsessive clean freak is next to impossible. Since cleanliness is key to surviving this health crisis. But the number one and fool-proof precaution is STAYING AT HOME! However, since we might all be compelled to leave our homes for emergencies and grocery shopping, here’s how to disinfect shoes after wearing them outside!


“Coronavirus may live on shoes for up to 5 days or more.”


1Infectious disease specialists examined shoe soles to be breeding grounds for bacteria. And more prone to breeding germs and bacteria than shoe uppers. Since virus droplets are too heavy to be air-borne, as confirmed by WHO. Plus, shoe material does make a difference. Shoes made from synthetic materials, for example, retain the virus for a longer period of time than leather shoes. With virus paranoia taking over, some individuals are choosing to wear plastic bags over their shoes when leaving their homes. Which are like face masks for your feet. You put them on, go out, dispose of them, then come back in.

But since some may not find this method practical or even sanitary enough, here’s a 4 step guide to keep coronavirus off your shoes and out of your home! But first, please avoid common mistakes by reading about the differences among sanitizing, cleaning, and disinfecting!


The three have different meanings, taking the number and survival of germs as deciding factors. Which is why you should be properly committing to at least two consecutively for the best results!

Sanitizing means using a typically alcohol-based liquid or gel to reduce the number of germs on a surface as a temporary alternative to cleaning or disinfecting.

Cleaning means using household cleaning detergents and/or equipment or basic soap and water to majorly reduce or remove germs from a surface.

Disinfecting means using EPA-registered chemical solutions typically after the cleaning process to kill germs that have not been removed from a surface.

Keep the Virus Off Your Shoes & Out of Your Home!


This is a straightforward yet crucial step! Always remove your shoes before entering your home. Then put them in a clean plastic bag or carry them carefully to the cleaning checkpoint!


Here are step-by-step instructions on how to clean Yeezy and Jordan sneakers! And it’s material-friendly for sneakerheads so you don’t need to worry about wrecking your shoes. Make sure you use a toothbrush or water force to remove the debris on your outsoles into a plastic bag first! 

And if you have other shoe brands and don’t want to bother going into painful details, basic soap, water, and a shoe brush will do. The real difference between antibacterial soap solutions and plain old soap is the psychological factor! Buying antibacterial brands that typically come with a germ-killing percentage gives us more reassurance than regular soap and water. But since this step is more about knowing how to clean the shoes, as long as you use a regular or detergent soap/water mix and scrub your shoes gently yet thoroughly, you’re a champion!


Disinfect Fabric ShoesCLOROX

Disinfect shoes made from fabric by adding a splash of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)-registered chemical detergents such as color-safe bleach or hydrogen peroxide to the soap water bath in step 2. Or even run a new chemical solution/water bath after cleaning! 1:30 ratio is standard for a bleach/water solution. And if you have all-white fabric shoes, don’t be afraid to use bleach germ-terminators such as Clorox. *CAUTION*: never use regular bleach on shoe uppers, always make sure it’s color-safe!

Disinfect Leather ShoesLYSOL

After rinsing and dabbing your shoes dry, disinfect shoes made from leather using a recommended 70% alcohol water spray for the final germ battle. But make sure to test the spray first to make sure it doesn’t harm the leather. And if you’re a clean sneaker freak and want to make double sure of these outsoles, prepare one ounce disinfectant cleaner such as Lysol IC Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner per gallon of water and use a sponge or safe brush to scrub the outsoles. You could use Lysol Disinfecting wipes but they aren’t as thorough. When satisfied with scrubbing, place your shoes in a warm water bath only covering the LEATHER CONDITIONERoutsoles for 10 to 15 minutes! 

   And finally, it is optional but advisable for leather longevity to use leather conditioner. Hey, if you’re leaving quarantine every once in a long while, might as well take the time to do this right. 


When your shoes are clean and disinfected, leave them out to dry. Don’t throw them into the dryer! It may break the glue. Leave them out to breathe till they’re good and dry. It’s also advisable to use shoe shapes to preserve their shape and keep them from shrinking!


CROCSCrocs are ideal for low-risk quarantine flees. They’re hand-washable, unisex, and promote breathability. You can give them a good old soap scrub and throw them into an alcohol-based bath! And they dry almost instantly! Which is why they are the popular footwear choice for medical staff members. Plus whether you wear them with or without socks, it doesn’t matter much. Simply throw your socks in the washing machine and/or thoroughly clean your feet when you get home. Similar brands include Floafers. And Allbirds is a popular machine and eco-friendly shoe brand if you’re into lacing it up!

Also, with moving production to the US and manufacturing the Ultra-Croc Yeezy Foam Runner, we’re starting to think Kanye or Yeezus is one clairvoyant son of a gun!


After cleaning and disinfecting your shoes, make sure you store them properly. And there you have it! Virus-free shoes and a guilt-free conscience! Think of this as the hygiene guide to surviving lockdown, even if you don’t identify as a sneakerhead


AIO bot wishes you health and safety!