How to Wash Sports Shoes

How to Wash Sports Shoes
When your sports or athletic shoes are looking dingy, you may be tempted to toss them into the washing machine. But washing machines and clothes dryers can damage shoes by tossing them around and exposing them to extremely high heat. Extend the life of your footwear by gently removing dirt from the outside of the shoe and allowing shoes time to dry completely after becoming damp during a sweaty workout.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Dry towel
  • Dish soap
  • Cup
  • Warm water
  • Toothbrush
  • Wet rag
  • Hair dryer
  • Fabric softener dryer sheet
Step 1
Wipe the outside of the shoes with a dry towel to remove any visible dirt from the top of the shoes and the treads.
Step 2
Add a squirt of dish soap to 1 cup of warm water and stir until bubbles form.
Step 3
Dip an old toothbrush into the soapy water, and scrub the outside of the shoes, including the treads.
Step 4
Wipe the sports shoes with a wet rag to remove any soapy residue.
Step 5
Dry the inside of your shoes with a hair dryer set to a low heat setting. Make sure that the inside of the shoe is completely dry.
Step 6
Place one fabric softener dryer sheet into each shoe when they are not being worn to prevent unpleasant odors.

Tips & Warnings

If the shoes have an unpleasant odor, place them in a large Ziploc bag and leave the shoes inside your freezer overnight. The odor should be gone when you remove your shoes the next morning.
Do not place shoes inside your freezer if they are damp or wet.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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