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How to Clean Timberland Boots With Baking Soda in 10 Steps

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how to clean timberland boots with baking soda

If you work in a tough environment, you would surely know that Timberland boots are designed for people like you who need good protective footwear. Wearing them every day at work is a necessity, and the chances of getting them dirty are very high.

Messing up your Timberland boots with dirt or stain is normal and inevitable. That is why you need to learn how to clean Timberland boots with baking soda and some other household items to keep them in good condition.



Check below for all the materials that you need to clean Timberlands with household items.

Household Items You Need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Scrub brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Dry cloth
  • Damp cloth
  • Water
  • Mild soap

Steps for Cleaning Timberland Boots With Baking Soda


Step 1: Remove the laces.

Carefully remove the laces in your safety Timberland boots and hand wash them separately using mild soap and water. You must remove the laces in your footwear first so you can fully clean them and the tongue of the work boot, which would not be entirely cleaned if you won’t remove the laces.

Step 2: Remove the insole.

The insoles of a Timberland boot are detachable, so you can remove them easily when cleaning. You should not forget to clean the insoles of your work boots because they can accumulate dirt and bacteria over time, especially if you wear them every day at work.

Step 3: Remove the dirt through dry brushing.

Using the scrub brush, remove the loose dirt in the Timberland boots; do this carefully to avoid damaging the material.

Make sure to scrub all the areas of the safety boot, including the stitches. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in dry brushing the seam areas of the work boot to avoid loosening the thread.

Step 4: Clean the outsoles.

The outsoles of your work boot are the only part that has contact with the ground, so you need to clean them using water, mild soap and a brush to effectively remove the dirt.

Wipe the outsoles using a damp cloth to remove the soap and dirt, and then use a dry cloth to remove the residual moisture and to finish off cleaning the outsoles.

Step 5: Clean the upper.

Sprinkle a sufficient amount of baking soda in all areas of your suede or leather Timberland boots. If there are particular areas in your safety boots where dirt, grease, or oil are very visible or serious, sprinkle an additional amount of baking soda for an optimum cleaning result.

Step 6: Clean the insoles.

To remove the accumulated dirt and stinky smell from the insoles of your timberland boots, you need to sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over the insoles; this means that both the front and back parts of the insoles should be covered with baking soda.

Step 7: Rub it in with a toothbrush.

Use the toothbrush to softly rub the upper area and the insoles that are soaked with baking soda; rub it in a circular motion to spread it evenly. Do this gently to avoid damaging the material of the insoles and the work boot.

Step 8: Leave it for 30 minutes.

The baking soda you sprinkled on your Timberland boots contains properties that will absorb or dissolve grease, oil or dirt. Leaving it for at least 30 minutes will allow the baking soda to fully absorb and dissolve the dirt, grease or oil in your boots and insoles.

Step 9: Wipe off using a dry cloth.

Use a dry cloth to wipe off the baking soda on your safety boots. For the insole, remove the baking soda, as well as use the dry cloth to wipe and shake it carefully to dislodge the remaining baking soda.

Wiping off the baking soda with a dry cloth isn’t enough to remove all the residue in your Timberland boots, so go to the next step.

Step 10: Remove the residue.

To remove the residue from your work boots completely, use a wet cloth and wipe them again.

For the seams in your work boots, use the toothbrush to brush off the residue that got stuck in them. Do this very tenderly to avoid loosening the thread.

Finally, after following all the steps on how to clean Timberland boots without cleaner, you can now insert back the insoles and the laces of your timberland boots and wear them to work.

Why Use Baking Soda

Many households have been keeping baking soda in their kitchen for so many purposes, as an ingredient for cooking, or as a body deodorizer, and most commonly as a cleaning agent.

Baking soda has been proven as an effective cleaning agent for your Timberland boots that are made from either suede or leather material. Below are some of the reasons why you should use baking soda:

  • It can remove dirt, oil, and other greasy substances
  • It is easy to find in retail stores
  • It is a cheap option as a cleaning agent

Using baking soda is a good alternative to clean Timberlands at home, especially if you have no safety boot cleaner available.


You need to clean your safety boots if you want them to last longer. After all, buying a pair isn’t cheap, so you really need to maintain your Timberland boots to use them for a long period.

Knowing how to clean Timberland boots with baking soda is one way of doing so cheaply but effectively.

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