Many people have the false belief that because baby shoes aren’t really worn a lot, they don’t need cleaned. Unless your child is in a pair of toddler shoes and they are out in the warm Toronto summer weather, you probably agree with the fact that baby shoes don’t need cleaned. However, that would be incorrect. The little feet of babies are actually quite sensitive to harmful germs that can be present in shoes. From pieces of food that somehow get into the toe of the shoes to dirt or even pet waste or hair. All of these things can be quite dangerous for your little one, so it is important that you take the right steps to keep your baby shoes clean.
Wash and Dry Baby Shoes Thoroughly
You should be washing the baby shoes in your home quite frequently. On top of that, they should be totally dry before you place them back on the feet of your baby or toddler. Wet shoes, even those that are a bit damp, can be a breeding ground for mold…something you definitely do not want near your baby. Typically you will find washing and drying instructions on the shoe tag and in order to keep the shoes lasting for awhile, you will want to make sure that you are following those instructions. If there are no instructions, make sure you learn about the materials the shoes are made of and look for care instructions on the internet.
You should make sure that you are using the right detergents and cleansers when it comes to cleaning your baby shoes. Because some babies will have sensitive skin, you will probably want to make sure that you are choosing cleansers that are for sensitive skin or even specifically for baby skin. You may also want to consider using an eco-friendly detergent as they have fewer chemicals and dyes.
In order to get off mud or dirt, try taking a rag soaked in warm water to the shoe and scrub the area. If a rag doesn’t work, a soft brush can be used, like an old toothbrush. Make sure that any cleansers that you use are rinsed away thoroughly and that you follow drying instructions. Some materials cannot go in a dryer so they may need to be air dried. Again, it is very important, if you want your baby shoes to last, that you follow drying instructions.
Many parents think that baby shoes will only last a few weeks or even months, but the truth is, if you care for them, as long as your baby can still fit into them, they can last for much longer than that. Between washes, you can wipe shoes with a damp towel or cloth and brush the dirt away. If you notice that your child’s shoes are starting to smell, it is a good indication that you have waited too long and bacteria has set in. In this case, shopping for inexpensive, new baby shoes from Luna International may be in order.