How to clean Crocs jibbitz [5 effective ways]

clean crocs jibbitz on a hand

Croc jibbitz, also called jibbitz charms, are fun accessories that allow you to personalize your Crocs and make them look cool! They come in the form of little letters, images, characters, musical instruments, flags, and many other designs that can be popped into the holes of your Crocs.

While Crocs are made of Croslite (closed-cell resin material which shrinks when exposed to high temperature), most jibbitz charms are made of rubber or plastic materials. They have to be maintained to make sure that their design continues to look brilliant and they fulfill their purpose of making your Crocs look awesome.

The best way to maintain your jibbitz charms is to wash and clean them using the right methods. In this article, we’ve extracted everything that’s effective if you’re in need of cleaning your Crocs jibbitz without accidentally damaging them.

How do you detach your Crocs jibbitz?

Before you proceed to the cleaning steps, we recommend detaching jibbitz charms from the Crocs. This allows you to fully expose them to the cleaning method without shoes acting as obstacles.

Follow these steps to detach your Crocs jibbitz in a way that protects the holes of your Crocs while also maintaining your wonderful Crocs jibbitz.

  1. Push the charms up gently from the inside of your Crocs.
  2. Turn the charms gently sideways with your other hand from the outside of your Crocs while pushing it out from the inside.
  3. Keep turning sideways back and forth until it pops out.

Do not force the jibbitz out as doing so may damage the Crocs as well as the jibbitz.

5 Ways To Clean Your Crocs Jibbitz

Now that you have your dirty charms out and ready, we’ll introduce you to the cleaning methods that will help bring your awesome attachments back to their original shine. Choose a method you find most convenient and follow along!

#1. Soapy water and toothbrush

Crocs jibbitz in soapy water

Using soapy water and a toothbrush is a very easy, affordable and effective way to clean your jibbitz charms. The ingredients for this method are easily accessible. In fact, you most likely already have them.

You will need:

  • dishwasher soap 
  • old toothbrush
  • paper towel
  • water

Here are the steps to clean your jibbitz using soapy water and a toothbrush:

  1. Pour half a teaspoon of dishwasher soap into a bowl of warm water and mix until the mixture starts to bubble up.
  2. Dip the jibbitz into the soapy water and allow to soak for 5 – 10 minutes.
  3. Remove them out of the water and use a toothbrush to gently scrub the jibbitz.
  4. Rinse the brushed jibbitz under the tap and set aside on a paper towel.
  5. Leave the charms on the paper towel until they are dry.

#2. Magic Eraser

Magic erasers contain melamine foams which just require a touch of water to clean effectively. The steps below show you how to use the magic eraser to clean your Crocs jibbitz.

You will need:

  • magic eraser
  • water
  • paper towel (optional)

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Dip the magic eraser into a water container and rub over the stains on the Crocs jibbitz.
  2. Sort the jibbitz out and check again individually to ensure all the stains are removed.
  3. After rubbing, rinse the jibbitz with cold water and dry with a paper towel or leave it to air dry.

#3. Elbow Grease

Elbow grease is formulated to remove greasy and oily stains but works well for other types of stains too.

You will need:

  • elbow grease or similar degreaser
  • sponge or kitchen cloth
  • paper towel (optional)

With the following steps, you can clean stains on your Crocs jibbitz using elbow grease:

  1. Spray the elbow grease on a cloth or sponge and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Scrub the stained jibbitz gently with the sponge.
  3. Check individually to ensure all the stains are removed.
  4. Rinse and dry the jibbitz with a paper towel or leave it to airdry.

Note: Exposure to elbow grease can irritate the nose, therefore it is recommended to wear a covering over your nose and mouth while you use this cleaning tool.

#4. Lestoil

Lestoil is perfect for removing greasy, oily and muddy stains. It can work great on Crocs jibbitz that have been abandoned for a while.

You’ll need:

  • lestoil
  • plastic cup
  • warm water
  • kitchen cloth
  • tap water to rinse
  • paper towel (optional)

Here are the steps to follow when using Lestoil:

  1. Add two tablespoons (six teaspoons) of Lestoil to a cup of warm water and mix well.
  2. Soak the Crocs jibbitz in the Lestoil solution for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Scrub the jibbitz charms with a wash rag and double check if all the stains have been removed.
  4. Rinse Jibbitz and dry with a paper towel.

#5. Clorox Wipes

Clorox wipes offer one of the easiest and quickest ways to clean stains off your Crocs jibbitz. This method is very convenient as it can be done anywhere and anytime. The best part about using the Clorox wipes is that it also disinfects while cleaning.

You’ll need:

  • Clorox or similar multipurpose wipes
  • paper towel (optional)

These are the steps to take when using wipes:

  1. Wipe the Crocs jibbitz with the Clorox wipes until the jibbitz are visibly wet.
  2. Ensure the jibbitz remains wet for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Repeat the process if your charms still don’t look fresh.
  4. Leave to air dry on a paper towel.

How Do You Dry Your Crocs Jibbitz?

Crocs Jibbitz on a paper towel

Crocs jibbitz should ideally be air dried or cleaned thoroughly with a dry towel. In addition, to speed up the process consider placing your charms in front of an electric fan.

Never expose them to heat based drying methods as that may end up damaging them.

Can You Wash Your Jibbitz Charms In A Washing Machine?

Crocs jibbitz in a mesh bag

As you can wash your Crocs in the washing machine, you can wash your jibbitz in it too!

Again, when washing jibbitz in a washing machine we recommend first detaching your charms from the Crocs. These cute attachments are quite small and are capable of clogging your appliance if it happens to detach itself during the cycle.

You’ll need:

  • washing machine
  • pillow case or laundry mesh bag
  • mild laundry detergent

Follow these steps to wash your Crocs jibbitz charms in a washing machine:

  1. Set your washing machine temperature to or even below 86°F (30°C), and make sure it does not get past that. High temperatures can end up damaging your Crocs charms.
  2. Put your jibbitz into a laundry mesh bag. If you do not have this bag, you can use a pillow case – these will ensure you don’t lose your charms.
  3. Pour your non-aggressive laundry detergent into the soap dispenser drawer.
  4. Start the washing cycle.
  5. Once the cycle is complete, take your charms out and leave them to air dry.

Why Should You Detach Your Crocs Jibbitz?

Detaching your jibbitz charms is essential for proper cleaning of the charms. Below are some reasons why you should detach them before washing.

  • When hand-washing the charms while attached to your Crocs, you clean only the surface and neglect the other areas on the charms.
  • Pulling the Crocs jibbitz while washing weakens Crocs holes.
  • If washing Crocs and jibbitz charms in a washing machine, the jibbitz may pull out, fall into the appliance, and clog it.

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