We all have favorite shoes that we like to keep clean, but after 2 or 3 manual washings, we sort of just lose the motivation and we get too lazy to do it again. So we just throw them in the good old washing machine. But much like everything in life, there is a right and a wrong way to do it.
This article gives you some advice on the right way to wash your shoes in the washing machine in 9 easy steps.
1. Pre-washing the shoes
Before just throwing your dirty -but expensive- running shoes in the washing machine, make sure you give them a little preliminary cleaning using a damp piece of old cloth that you don’t use (finally, a use for something you don’t use but you never threw away) and try to gently scrub all the grass, mud or any sort of debris. Banging the shoes together is also a good idea to clear dust or have any sizable debris fall off the shoes or their soles.
This should get your shoes clean from any waste that might damage the other items being washed or the machine itself. With this being done, you need to dedicate some special attention to the dirtiest part of your shoes; the soles, by brushing them with an old toothbrush sunk in some warm soapy water.
2. Using a mesh bag for washing and drying
After undoing the laces and removing the insoles, a wise move would be to put them, along with the shoes themselves, in a mesh bag or a pillowcase. This step will guarantee you that the fabric of the shoes will be left intact. One very important note is that you would want the bag to stay tightly secured through the washing process (but not waterproof, of course).
Therefore, if you’re using a mesh bag, just make sure the zipper is closed, and if you’re using a pillowcase without a zip, just secure it with elastic bands if possible. If you don’t secure the bag by the end of the washing cycle, your shoes will be all over the machine, which beats the whole purpose of having the bag in the first place.