How to Clean Havaianas

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Havaianas are stylish, Brazilian flip flops constructed from high-quality rubber.
Havaianas are stylish, Brazilian flip flops constructed from high-quality rubber. (Image: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Havaianas are comfy and durable flip-flops that come in many bold and vibrant colors. Like any article of clothing, there comes a time where you need to clean them. Cleaning your Havaianas keeps them looking nearly-new and rids your flip-flops of dirt, debris and harmful bacteria.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent, preferably with bleach
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Cleaning sponge
  • Dish washing soap

Mix the laundry detergent with warm water in a bucket. Place the Havaianas in the bucket and leave soaking for 30 minutes. If they are especially dirty, leave them in the soapy solution for 45 minutes.

Soak your flip-flops in warm soapy water.
Soak your flip-flops in warm soapy water. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Rinse the flip-flops and scrub with the sponge.

Mix the detergent solution with warm water in a bucket. Drop your Havaianas into the bucket and leave them for another 30 minutes.

Rinse and scrub them again with a sponge until they are clean.

Leave your Havaianas out in the sun to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove excess dirt from your flip-flops first before attempting to clean. Use an old toothbrush to wipe dirt and debris from the sole.
  • Do not toss your Havaianas into a washing machine or dryer, you can damage the thong and soles beyond repair.

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