How to Clean Your Running Shoes

how to clean your running shoes

I’m not one of those ladies that has an expensive or fancy shoe collection but when it comes to proper footwear for the gym I will never sacrifice quality for price. My kicks get me through the toughest of workouts and can get beat up pretty bad. Below are a few of my tips on how to clean your running shoes so that they will last and always look their best!

Method No.1 Hand Wash

Hand washing is my first recommendation as it is easy on the shoes and will protect your investment. Follow the steps below to keep your high end kicks in tip top shape

1. Start by removing any chunks of dirt or rocks stuck in the soles. Use an old toothbrush to get in between the grooves
2. Use the toothbrush to brush any dry dirt of the fabric/mesh sections
3. Fill your sink with warm water and add a small amount of laundry soap
4. Remove the insoles and shoe laces and set aside
5. Soak a cloth in the water/soap and wring out before wiping down the surface of the shoes. Use the toothbrush to scrub any stubborn spots or hard to reach folds/grooves
6. Use a clean wet sponge to wipe of the soapy water
7. Set the shoes aside to dry in room temperature (usually overnight)
8. Wash the insoles in a fresh sink of water and soap using the same steps
9. Place the shoelaces in a mesh laundry bag and wash with like colors. If they are really grimy I will typically just buy new ones
10. Once all pieces are completely dry, reassemble the shoe and voila!

Method No.2 Machine Wash

If I have a pair of shoes that can handle more of a beating or I know they will be replaced soon, I am less hesitant to throw them in the washer for a quick, hassle free wash.

1. Use an old toothbrush to remove any chunks of dirt or rocks from the soles.
2. Remove insoles and tie the shoe laces then place both the shoes and insoles in the washer with a couple of old towels that are a similar color.
3. Pour in laundry soap and select the gentle or delicate cycle with cold water.
4. Once the wash cycle is complete remove the shoes and insoles.
5. Untie and loosen up the laces then place the shoes and insoles aside to air dry in room temperature. Never throw them in the dryer or use heat of any kind. This may warp the shape/form of your runners.

And that’s it! If you’re like me and basically live in your athletic wear than I’m sure having fresh looking kicks is a priority. I hope these tips on how to clean your running shoes help – let me know if you have any other methods by commenting below! 🙂

Heather Robertson

<p>An internationally recognized fitness personality and sought after Certified Personal Training Specialist with training in advanced sports nutrition. Her passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle is recognized beyond the gym and demonstrated to others as a life of fun, balance and continuous goal setting.</p>

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