There’s nothing quite like hitting the trails on a beautiful sunny day. However, after a few hours of hiking, your boots can start to smell pretty bad. Fear not!

With these tips, you can easily wash your hiking boots and keep them smelling fresh all season long.

  1. Start by removing any dirt from your boots with a soft brush or cloth. This will help make the cleaning process easier and prevent any damage to the boot’s fabric.
  2. If your boots are particularly muddy or dirty, you may need to give them a pre-wash in cool water. Be sure to use a mild soap and avoid scrubbing too vigorously so as not to damage the fabric.
  3. Once you’ve pre-washed your boots, it’s time for the main event! You can also add in half a cup of baking soda to help deodorize your boots.
  4. Submerge your boots in water and let them soak for 15-20 minutes. This will loosen any stubborn dirt and grime.
  5. After they’ve soaked, use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub all dirt. Be sure to pay extra attention to the soles of your boots as they can be especially prone to build-up.
  6. Rinse your boots thoroughly with clean water until all the soap has been removed.
  7. Hang your boots up to dry in a well-ventilated area.
  8. Finally, stuff your boots with newspaper until they are completely dry inside and out. This will help absorb any moisture and prevent mildew or mold from forming.


With these easy tips, you can quickly and easily wash your hiking boots at home. By taking care of your boots, you’ll be able to enjoy many happy hikes for seasons to come!