Can You Wash Uggs in the Washing Machine? [Complete Guide]

Ugg boots have been the staple of many people’s closets for years. These fancy boots made from sheepskin not only look nice but are also very warm and comfortable. They feel like a warm hug around your feet.

While comfortable and stylish, Ugg boots are sometimes known for getting a bit dirty. They are prone to staining if you do not clean them often, and they can also adopt faulty smells if you leave them wet for longer. All in all, they do need to be cared for, but at least washing them is rather easy!

I will tell you everything you need to know about Uggs and their maintenance in today's guide. If you want to know the best ways to wash and dry these boots, stick around for the rest of the guide!


Uggs cleaning and maintenance

Wash Uggs in the Washing Machine - Step-By-Step Guide

Washing Ugg boots is not that difficult. You can choose between hand washing and machine-washing them. Many people choose to hand wash the boots because they fear washing machines may damage the delicate exterior and interior of the boot. But I have also found that machine washing is suitable if you do it correctly!

To wash Ugg boots in a washing machine, you need a front-loading washer instead of a top-loading one. This is not required for all boots – you can wash other boots in top-loading washers. But that does not work for the sheepskin Uggs.

Another thing you need to remember is that you must withhold from using harsher detergents or softeners. Stick to the ones recommended by the manufacturing company. I will talk about the process of washing the boots and the types of detergents you can use, so make sure you stay tuned for that part of the guide:

Step 1 – Clean large dirt and debris

Before putting the boots in the washer, you need to remove the large dirt and debris from them. You want to avoid having a ton of mud making its way to the inside of your washing machine and clogging it. So, following this step is very important.

Get your boots and put them in a washbasin. Using an old toothbrush or a similar tool, scrub the boot's sole and remove all large dirt. If you need to, use water and soap to loosen up the debris and remove it.

Step 2 – Tend to the stains

If you see stains on the boot’s exterior, you will need to tend to those before washing the boots. You could be dealing with water stains or discoloration due to sun exposure. Since the upper on these boots is quite delicate, many things can damage it.

The easiest way to treat stains and discoloration is by using Uggs’s special detergent that contains no harsh chemicals. Add a small amount of the detergent, rub it over the stain, and then rinse it with cold water.

Step 3 – Prepare Uggs for machine washing

After you have removed all dirt and tended to the stains on your boots, you can prepare them for machine washing. The first thing you need is the front-loading washing machine. The second and essential thing you need is the mesh laundry bag.

It would help if you had the laundry bag because it would protect the boots from direct exposure to the cleaning solution. Make sure you use such a sack when washing anything from this company, including Ugg slippers.

Step 4 – Set wash cycle

It is essential to set the machine to the proper wash cycle because you want to avoid causing damage to your Uggs with the washing. So, before you start the washing cycle, here is what you need to do!

First, set the machine to a delicate wash cycle with a cold-water rinse. You can also turn on the fast spin option, as most Ugg products have a fluffy inside that can soak up the water and take days to dry. So, it is wise to use the fast spin option to drain the excess water.

Next up are the detergents. You should not use a regular detergent as it may contain bleach or harsh chemicals. It would be best to get the special spray detergent from Ugg or anything similar. Try to find detergents based on natural ingredients like tea tree oil or similar oils.

Remember not to use softeners, even if you want to make the boots smell nice. It is better to spray them with a mix of essential oil and water instead of the softener. The softeners are sure to damage the upper or stain the boots.

Step 5 – Dry the Uggs

After you finish cleaning, you can leave the boots to air dry. Try hanging them upside down so the excess water leaks out of the boots. The air drying can take up to 48 hours or longer in colder weather, so do not be alarmed by the lengthy drying time.

I do not recommend using a drying machine on these boots as they seem too delicate for that kind of machine. Stick to air drying - leave the boots in a well-ventilated area and direct sunlight, and you will have no problem drying them completely.

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Optional Step – Protect the boot's upper 

The inner lining of Uggs is not as susceptible to damage as the sheepskin exterior. I recommend that you protect the exterior so that you do not have to deal with staining and discoloration. Uggs has created a special boot protector stain-repellent spray, so consider getting that. If that is not possible, bring any protective spray suitable for the boot’s material.


Once you get new Uggs, try to take good care of them, as they are pretty delicate. I recommend washing the boots often and using protective spray after each cleaning process. Remember to dry the boots thoroughly before storing them away. If you follow these steps, I do not doubt that you will be able to keep them in top shape for a very long time!

Andrew Mullen

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