How To Clean Nike Slides Easily and Quickly in 4 ways

Nike slides are convenient to use, and their versatility is what we love about them. Whether you’re going for a quick errand across town, idling around indoors, or going for a casual outdoor get-together with friends, they are there for you. However, they can easily cramp your style when they get dirty and you may be wondering how to clean Nike slides or sandals.

You can clean your Nike slides quickly with household cleaning agents like baking soda, bleach, detergent, and an old toothbrush or a soft cloth. You’ll also need some warm water. With these materials, you can make your Nike sandals look magnificent again.

In this post, you’ll discover how baking soda and other materials can restore the sparkling appearance of your Nike slides. You’ll also learn about different cleaning methods according to the materials of different slides, and you can pick which suits you best.

How To Clean Nike Slides

1. Clean Slides According to Their Material

Before we delve into the cleaning business, you must have a basic understanding of the materials Nike uses in making their slides and sandals. They include:

  • Leather
  • Rubber
  • Memory foam

Why does this matter?

You’ll use water in the cleaning methods, and some of the materials used in the construction of the slides aren’t water friendly. So, you have to be careful when cleaning with water. Drenching your leather slide with water while cleaning can spoil the material and make it less durable. 

The same situation applies to memory foam: even far less tolerant to water. These materials won’t hesitate to scream in protest.

However, and thankfully, the predominant material in Nike slides is rubber, and it is extremely water-friendly. It’s why most people use their rubber slides in the bathroom and as an indoor slip-on. So, having these slides immersed in water won’t be an issue. 

Having said all of that, we’ll go over three cleaning methods according to their parent material.

The first is for rubber slides, the second is for slides made with memory foam, and the third is for slides made of leather.

2. How to Clean Rubber Nike Slides With Bleach and Baking Soda

This is a general method of cleaning all Nike slides made with rubber and is a similar method to cleaning dirty crocs. Of course, make allowance for different designs as abrasive scrubbing might not be the best on specific paints and patterns.

Materials Needed

You’ll need the following materials to clean your rubber slides, and you’ll likely have some or all of them already:

  • Baking Soda – Baking Soda is a household cleaning agent that people use for several cleaning projects. In this case, it will kill off the bacteria causing the foul odor in your slides.
  • Toothbrush – You’ll use this to scrub off dirt from the slides, and you won’t need the brush for your teeth anymore after the cleaning, so get a new one for this purpose or use an old one.
  • Warm water – Bacteria die when heated, making warm water a good option here. 
  • Soft Clothing – To wipe the slides when you’re through.
  • Bleach – To remove stains if your slides are white.

Also, clean in daylight with ample sunlight if you want the slides to dry fast. If it’s dark already, you don’t have to wait for the sun to rise before cleaning, but you’ll have to wait for it to dry. Do the job, and a breezy night atmosphere can do the drying.

Now that your materials are ready, let’s head over to the good stuff – the cleaning proper:

  1. Use the toothbrush to scrub off stuck dirt particles, sand, and dust on the outsoles of the slides. It’s necessary if you use your Nike slides outdoors more often than indoors. If you don’t, you can skip to the next step.
  2. Add warm water to a sink or bucket large enough to contain both slides. 
  3. Add baking soda and bleach to the warm water. Mix them thoroughly.
  4. Place your slides in the sink and use the warm water mixture of soda and bleach to submerge them.
  5. Leave the slides for 30 minutes (20 minutes can also work if you can’t wait that long).
  6. It’s time for scrubbing (if you thought we would skip this part, we’re sorry). Use your toothbrush to scrub gently across every area of the slides.
  7. Rinse the slides with water (not warm water) and use a soft dry cloth to dry clean them. Then dry in the sun. Ensure you dry them away from dust and dirt. While they’re damp, they get particularly attractive to dust.
  8. Spread some baking soda on the cleaned slides to ensure the odors vanish. You won’t need to dry them in the sun if you intend to add extra soda. Dry clean and add the soda, then leave the slides overnight. In the morning, dust off the soda particles and they’re ready to be worn!

Alternative Method for Cleaning Rubber Slides and Sandals (Without Bleach)

  1. You’ll use the same materials in the first method here.
  2. Repeat step 1 in the previous method
  3. Add warm water to a sink or bucket and place your slides in them.
  4. Rub baking soda all over the slides till they’re completely white.
  5. Use your old toothbrush to scrub the slides. Ensure the soda creates a small paste by adding little water to the rubber slides again.
  6. After scrubbing, allow the slides to rest for about five to ten minutes. This gives the baking soda time to permeate the slides and eliminate odors entirely.
  7. Rinse the rubber slides with another round of warm water, and let them dry out in the sun or the breeze of the night.

It’s really easy for slides to pick up dirt. I know I’m a huge part of the problem too. The low price combined with how easy to slip in and out of them has me wearing them a lot more than I should.

Fashion faux pas aside, wearing them this frequently is up to you, but always remember to clean them!

3. how to clean nike slides with memory foam With Detergent

Memory foam slides and sandals are comfortable and super cool.. However, it’s important to remember to clean these slides as well as they remember the shape of your feet.

The slides can quickly become dirt magnets that expose your feet to all sorts of bacteria. Are you looking at your memory foam slides a bit funny right now? Stay calm. You can clean the slides and have them looking as good as new in no time.

To clean your memory foam slides, you only need three items:

  • Any mild detergent
  • Warm water
  • Rag or old toothbrush

Step-by-Step Guide

The following simple steps will help you clean your Nike slides made of memory foam.

  1. Get a small tub. Pour in warm water and add any brand of mild detergent to it.
  2. Stir vigorously to obtain suds.
  3. Use your old toothbrush to brush off all dirt on the outsoles and sides of the slides. Wash the toothbrush and use it for the next step.
  4. Dip the brush or rag in the warm water-detergent mixture and use it to scrub all sides of the slides, from top to bottom, down to the insoles and outsoles.
  5. Rinse with warm water, dry clean, and allow to dry with sunlight or the warm air.

Now you can enjoy supreme comfort in a sparkling pair of slides, free of dirt and odors. This method is easy and quick since you don’t have to soak the Nike slides in water. So, they dry faster, and you can wear them almost immediately.

4. How To Clean Leather Nike Slides With Detergent and Baking Soda

Leather slides are durable, strong, and tough. They are also fashionable and can match with just about any clothing for any activity. Except, of course, for your interview with that big firm you’ve been dying to work for.

However, taking care of them the right way is particularly important if you want to keep them looking good. For example, leather and water do not mix well, so it becomes a lot more vital when cleaning them to limit their contact with water.

With a maintenance routine that involves cleaning without baptizing them in water, you can enjoy your leather slides and the fabulous vibes that they evoke.

To get started, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Mild detergent
  • Old toothbrush
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Leather shoe conditioner (optional)

The Method

Cleaning leather slides is as easy as cleaning those made with memory foam. Both methods are similar, except that you won’t use baking soda while washing. Follow the steps below to get it done.

  1. Use an old toothbrush to brush off the slides’ lingering dirt and debris.
  2. Mix the mild detergent in warm water using a small pale or tub. Mix very well to obtain suds.
  3. Get the soft clothing material and dip it in the mixture of water and detergent.
  4. Use the cloth to clean every part of the slide. If the cloth starts to dry, dip it again into the mixture and get more. Ensure the moisture is as small as possible on the clothing. Don’t drench the material. A small amount of warm water with detergent on the cloth is enough to do the job.
  5. Get another dry rag or clothing and use it to wipe the slides clean before air drying. It’s also necessary to air dry very well because wearing a leather slide that is still wet makes it a breeding ground for bacteria. 
  6. Apply the leather shoe conditioner following the instructions inside its pack.
  7. Apply baking soda to the slides if it’s still smelling after cleaning. The bacteria causing the smell is still active and needs further attention.
  8. Apply baking soda and allow overnight to do its work. Dust off the soda in the morning and rock your classic leather slides.

So, there you have it; the steps for cleaning leather Nike slides. All simple and quick, just in time to get your groove back.


I hope I have answered your question about how to clean Nike slides. Routine maintenance of your Nike slides can make them more durable, more comfortable, odor-free, and attractive whenever you step out. You do the periodic maintenance by cleaning them often to avoid a build of dirt and germs that ooze not just a foul smell but instantly nets you a few odd glances.

There are different methods available if you want to clean your slides. All the methods are easy, require simple items you can find at home, and you can complete the entire process in less than 30 minutes.

Joe Carrow

Reno addict, keen gardener, and baker. I  started blogging in 2012 and have been hooked ever since!

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