To clean your linen shoes, you need a toothbrush, baking soda, water, a washing machine and a mild laundry detergent. Clean off the dirt and stains with a toothbrush. Make the baking soda mixture, and clean the soles of each shoe. Fill your washing machine three-fourths full with water, and add a gentle laundry detergent. Wash your shoes on the gentle cycle. Air dry your shoes. The entire process can take up to 48 hours.
- Spot clean the shoes with a toothbrush
Scrub away any visible dirt or spots with a toothbrush. Treat any stains with a laundry stain remover before scrubbing.
- Clean the soles
Mix equal parts baking soda and water into a bowl. Put a fair amount of the baking soda mixture onto the toothbrush, and gently scrub the soles. Wipe away the mixture with a damp cloth.
- Prepare your washing machine
Start your washing machine on a gentle cycle. Pour in a small amount of gentle detergent. Put your shoes into the washing machine when the machine is three-fourths full of water. Keep your shoes in the machine for the complete washing cycle.
- Air dry your shoes
Let your shoes air dry. Place them in the sun for faster drying. Add shoe powder when they're dry for fragrance, if desired.