But how beautiful are sandals in summer? They allow us to have uncovered and always fresh feet.
The only downside, however, is that they tend to stain from contact with foot sweat, creating annoying halos that make them look old and worn.
Speaking of which, today we will see together how to clean sandals and remove halos before wearing them this summer so that they look like new!
What will you discover?
- 1 Natriumbicarbonat
- 2 vinegar
- 3 lemon
- 4 Marseille soap
- 5 Talc pads
- 6 To remove bad smells
- 7 warnings
The first ingredient we suggest is sodium bicarbonate , which has very gentle cleansing and whitening properties . After you have brushed the footbed of the sandal and removed excess dirt with a soft cloth , pour some baking soda onto the footbed and rub it vigorously with a toothbrush so that it can be absorbed.
Then let it sit for a few hours or overnight before brushing to remove all of the baking soda. We recommend that you repeat the process several times to completely remove the stains.
Baking soda can be combined with another food ingredient known for its degreasing and cleaning properties: vinegar . This remedy is particularly suitable for removing halos on the cork soles of sandals and also helps eliminate the bad odors that often form in these shoes.
All you have to do is put a glass of vinegar and a glass of baking soda in a spray bottle and spray the resulting mixture directly onto the insole. Then wipe some cotton pads or cotton wool to remove the residue , leave for a few hours and then let the sandals dry in the fresh air overnight . Goodbye halos!
An even more effective remedy is to use lemon, always in combination with bicarbonate. In fact, both ingredients have cleaning properties that are a godsend for brightening even the dirtiest clothes without having to resort to bleach.
Then put two tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl, then add the juice of half a lemon and mix until you get a thick and grainy mass that resembles a peel. Then apply it to the insoles of your sandals with halos, brush with a toothbrush to promote absorption and pass with a cotton pad to remove any residue.
Now leave the cream to act for a few hours or overnight before wiping it with a damp cloth to completely remove the last remaining cream residues. Finally, let your sandals dry in the fresh air and they will be like new again!
After bicarbonate, vinegar and lemon, how could the well-known Marseille soap be missing? In fact, this ingredient is used to make a DIY stain remover!
However, we would like to point out that this ingredient can only be used for the rubber insoles typical of flip-flops . All you have to do is pour a spoonful of soap flakes into a bowl of water, dip a toothbrush in the mixture thus obtained and distribute it on the halos by rubbing vigorously until a white patina is formed.
Then wipe with a damp cloth, rinse, let dry – done!
Finally, let’s look at how to use talcum powder , an ingredient known for its ability to soothe skin irritations in children. But in reality it has a strong absorbent function and can remove dirt and especially sweat stains from your sandals.
All you need to do is sprinkle the footbed of your sandal with talcum powder, leave it on for a full night, and place a damp, not wet, cloth on the footbed the next day. At this point, let it dry out of the sun and… the halos will just be a bad memory!
To remove bad smells
And if you also want to remove the smell from your shoes, here is a video to show you how to do it!
We remind you to check the material of your sandals before following our advice. Always follow the labels inside to clean them properly and avoid damage.