How to clean Timberland Boots with Baking Soda

how to clean timberland boots with baking sodaWhen it comes to boots, one of the main global brands are Timberland boots.

And why would they not be global?

After all, they last longer and are never out of fashion.

These boots are quite durable and therefore the only thing you are left to ensure is that they are well maintained.

Cleaning Timberland Boots with Baking Soda

Baking Soda which is scientifically known as Sodium Bicarbonate is a versatile naturally occurring substance and one of its capabilities is to clean extremely well. Baking soda has mild alkali and therefore as a cleaning agent, it causes dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water. It is important to know that the effectiveness of baking soda is in the amount of water you use.

That is why it is preferred in almost every scouring powder. Baking soda is gentle and therefore you can use it without fearing that you are exposed to toxins.

Types of Timberland Boots

Timberland boots are a classic trend that are a favorite for both young and the young at heart. The boots can be worn to make a fashion statement or be worn to work hence the need to keep them in good condition.  How you clean your boots depends on the material that they are made from. There are three main materials that Timberland boots come in:

  • Suede
  • Canvas
  • Nubuck

Suede and Nubuck do not differ from each other much even though they have different leather surfaces. The canvas is much sturdier for a better look and durability. In this article we are talking on how you can clean your Timbs using baking soda and because of this, we will focus on Timberland boots that have a leather surface.

Also check out other articles on cleaning your Timberland boots: how to get oil stains out, cleaning with vinegar, and cleaning with soap and water.

Leather Timberland Boots

If you want to use baking soda to clean your Timbers then you better note that you can only use baking soda on leather boots. Your leather Timbs do not require a lot of maintenance especially if you have black ones. You will be able to use baking soda among other items that you can easily find within your home.

What you need

  • Baking soda
  • An old toothbrush
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • An old piece of cloth or rag

So why do we have vinegar on the list? Well, vinegar will help you get rid of the salt lines that remain behind.

Leather Timberland Boots Cleaning Process

First of all start by wiping off as much dirt as you can from your boots. The more dirt you can get off the more effective the baking soda will be because it will not find anything to react with. Now dip the old toothbrush in the baking soda or better yet, you can get an empty container, pour some baking soda in it and then dip the toothbrush there.

Brush your boots in a circular motion and do so gently.  After you are satisfied with your results, rinse your boots with clean water and if there are any salt stains remaining behind then pour a bit of vinegar on the piece of cloth and use it to wipe off the salt.

What are the benefits of using household items like baking soda to clean your Timberland boots?

  • You will have clean boots on a budget
  • It works
  • You can do it so why pay someone to do it unless you just have extra money to give away.

Once you are done you should leave your boots to dry in a cold dry place. This can be within a time period of three to four hours because you don’t just want them to dry well but also to breathe.

Now that you know how to go about cleaning your leather Timberland boots, it is important to know that there are things you should not do especially when cleaning your boots using substance found at home.

Considerations when cleaning Timberland boots at home

  • Never press your boots too hard
  • Use white vinegar for cotton rags or clothes
  • Ensure you use a toothbrush with firm bristles
  • Too much of scrubbing will ruin the nap


Timberland boots will continue reigning in the streets and in the office. Ensure that you have them cleaned regularly at least even once a week.