Tips For Cleaning Your Shoe Insoles

That additional layer inside your shoes which you can remove for your convenience are called insoles. They are rather important for fitting and to offer comfort for your feet, inside the favourite pair of your shoes. If you do not have insoles, you should certainly buy them. There is a variety of materials and innovations they are available on You will find Air insoles, gel, leather, foam and so on. However, if you own insoles or already understand them, there is one concern regarding them, how to clean them?

Well, different types of insoles may require different cleaning methods. Hence, we will begin by elaborating on all of the modules of insoles that are commonly available for you to buy.

The types of insoles:

Insoles are not just found inside the shoes while buying them for the first time but also can be bought externally. They are somewhat a less-spoken accessory or addition for your shoes that offer extra benefits. There are different kinds of insoles based on your purpose and use:

  • Comfort insoles:

These insoles, as the name suggests, are meant to use when your shoes are causing you discomfort. The insoles give more material at the arch of your feet and provide gives rest to the feet. People prefer these insoles when they are tired from running and when their feet have been hurt or in pain. They are very soft and light.

  • Moulded insoles:

These insoles are usually custom made for shoes of different designs. They are worn by people with extreme flat arch feet. A most common application of moulded insoles is seen in heels and other rich shoes that can prove to be uncomfortable for your feet. They help in reducing and give comfort to people who suffer from overpronation.

  • Custom Orthotics:

These insoles are made individually for a person. They are designed according to the build and structure of a person’s feet. Usually, they are commonly prescribed by the doctors and help in reducing any foot-related disability in the person or offer utmost comfort to them. Custom orthotics can prove to be the most comfortable, but people on average don’t need them.

How to buy the perfect insole for yourself:

The most important question to ask yourself is, “what is the purpose of buying an insole for you.” If you wish to enhance your performance in sports, then performance insoles are the best choice for you. They are light and they give rest to your arch and increase your agility.

If you are looking to buy for comfort, then as the name suggests, comfort insoles are a better choice. They are usually made up of gel and they help relieve pain and burns and sores in the feet. They even have a heating option. However, they can be expensive compared to other options.

If your purpose is to buy for a medical condition such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs, then you need to consult a specialist and seek his advice and get yourself a custom made insole.

How to test the perfect insole?

When you have decided on the type of insole you need, then you need to test it on your feet before checking out at the billing counter.

  • Put the insole inside your shoe.
  • Wear a sock and then wear your shoes.
  • Stand for a minute and walk some steps. If you feel comfortable, then you know that you have bought your ideal match of the insole.

There are also general reviews you can find regarding the material or the company you can buy from. Like if you need a translator, you can check out this review that will offer complete information.

Steps to clean insole:

  1. The most basic way to wash up an insole is to soak it in hot or cold water, add soap and wash it. After thoroughly washing, let it air dry for a day and your insoles will be as good as new. There are certain agents you can use:

Vinegar: vinegar is used to disinfect the insole. You need to take a bucket and add equal parts of vinegar and water. Soak your insoles in the mixture for at least 3 hours. Later, rinse them and let it dry.

Homemade recipe: You will need a plastic bag.

  • Put the shoes in the bag overnight with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Remove the shoes in the morning from the bag and dust off the excess baking soda.
  • Take a dryer sheet and cut it the shape of the insoles.
  • Put the insoles and the dryer sheets cutout in the shoe overnight.
  • By morning the odour from the shoes and insoles will be gone.
  • Then you can either remove the insoles or keep them in the shoe and spray it with shoe cleaning spray.
  • The spray is antibacterial, odourless, and no staining.

Insoles need to be washed from time to time because, after a certain point, it collects dirt and dust in it. The insoles can have bacteria and fungi that can cause you to have some skin infections.  Hence, they need to be washed and cleaned, similar to socks.

Insoles should be washed regularly and kept in a drying bag when you aren’t using them. The insoles should be dried in the sun after the wash to eliminate any bacteria and fungi. Replace your old insoles with new ones when they are past their using period to maintain good feet health.



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.