How to Clean Havaianas

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Havaianas are stylish, Brazilian flip flops constructed from high-quality rubber.
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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.


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Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent, preferably with bleach

  • Bucket of warm water

  • Cleaning sponge

  • Dish washing soap

Step 1

Soak your flip-flops in warm soapy water.

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.


Step 2

Rinse the flip-flops and scrub with the sponge.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Leave your Havaianas out in the sun to dry.


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.