Dirty shoes and boots are the No. 1 cause of floor scratches, and most doormats don’t prevent the problem. Here’s how to quickly clean shoes with materials you probably have on hand.

First, head to your workshop, garage or storage room and you’ll probably find a long-handled scrub brush. If not, they’re available at your local home center and don’t cost much.

I’m going to show you an effective way to make a boot brush using that long-handled scrub brush. It’ll do a much better job than most doormats.

You won’t need the long-handled scrub brush’s handle, so unscrew it and get rid of it. (Or save it — you never know when you can use that piece of scrap wood! Your call.)

Most doormats do a lousy job of cleaning your shoes. This DIY boot brush removes dirt and grime from the sides and soles of your shoes.

Start by building a base out of 1-by-8s. Cut the base about 28 inches long, then cut two vertical dividers and two triangular braces to support the vertical dividers.

Then take the brushes and screw one to each of the vertical dividers. The base of each brush should be up about an inch and a half or so from the vertical divider. These brushes are how you’ll quickly clean the sides of your shoes.

Next, screw a brush on the structure’s base to clean the bottom of your boots. You’ll end up with a wooden base with three scrub brushes.

Finally, secure your boot cleaner to a deck or patio so it doesn’t slip and slide around. In this case, we’re mounting it right outside the back entry with a couple of screws. That will hold it in place.

Now, you can easily brush off the excess dirt and grime on your boots, and you have no excuse for dirty shoes.  

This Simple Solution for how to clean shoes works no matter where you’ve been. So, if you need to quickly clean white sneakers, faux suede shoes, golf shoes, or even the soles of shoes, this is how to quickly do it.

Just make sure the bristles on the brush are soft enough to get the job done without damaging your shoes!

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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