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    Spring Cleaning - Can you put Crocs in the washing machine?

    AO's Washing machine expert reveals how to wash your favourite slip-on shoes

    Washing machine experts at AO.com have finally revealed the answer to the age old question - Can you put Crocs in the washing machine?

    Here's what our experts say

    We’re here to answer the question once and for all. Yes, your crocs can be put in the washing machine, but you must be careful with how you wash them.

    If your crocs are in need of a good old-fashioned wash, we’d advise putting them through a cool cycle, no higher than 30 degrees. This is because the material crocs are made of, croslite polymer, can shrink if exposed to high temperatures.

    As well as using a cool cycle, we’d recommend turning off any drying or spinning settings as they can cause your Crocs to change shape or deform.

    Other than that, you can use your regular detergent and stain removal products for cleaning your Crocs – no additional measures are required. After that, leave them to air dry and they should be good to go.

    Cleaning your Crocs is very similar to cleaning any of your other pairs of shoes. You should always remove any obvious external dirt or mud first, then wash them in a gentle, cold-water cycle with no spin. Make sure to put them in a special bag and clean any laces and insoles separately.

    Shoes made from materials such as polyester, cotton and canvas should all be safe to put in the washing machine as they’re sturdy enough to withstand the washing process. Shoes made from more delicate materials, however, tend to require the gentler touch of hand washing. This includes leather and suede shoes, plus any with silk or sequin embellishments.

    The best piece of advice I can give is to always check the label before washing your shoes, as this should tell you exactly how to clean them.