Cleaning Advice

September 20th, 2010

Miss Mouse was starting to look suspiciously like a street urchin, as the toes of her beloved elephant shoes were wearing through, leaving big holes. So I mustered my courage (and my checkbook), headed to the shoe store, and shelled out an obscene amount of money for a to-die-for pair of Merrell sneakers. I am madly in love with them, even if it means we may not be able to afford groceries this week. Why they are allowed to charge that much for something that small is a unfathomable mystery.

Now, three days after the big purchase, I find myself needing to clean said Merrells and I turn to you for help.

If (hypothetically speaking) your two-year old was on (another) course of super antibiotic for (another) sinus infection…

And if that same snuffly two-year-old were to have (theoretically) a digestive blowout of epic proportions…

And if her cute cloth diaper was utterly helpless in the face of the onslaught, resulting in baby diarrhea running down her leg (for example), over her sock, and into her shoes…

…how would one go about cleaning them?

2 responses to “Cleaning Advice”

  1. Kristen says:


    When Andy threw up into my week-old suede knee-high boots last year, I gently rubbed it away with soda water, and that seemed to work out nicely. Maybe throw a little baking soda in there, too, to absorb some of the odor…

  2. Hmmmm, did you pre-treat them? I wonder if it's okay to use water (hope so!). In that case, maybe try Rockin' Green if you have any.

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