Best way to wash running shoes

Extend the lifespan of your running shoes and trail runners with these best tips and tricks on keeping them clean without discoloring the fabric.

Running is challenging for your shoes. Runners end up with dirty outsoles, which reduces traction. Sidewalk runners are constantly fighting against dirt, grime, and debris that can work into the shoe’s fabric and grind onto your foot like sandpaper. And it does not even mention the damage from weather, sweat, and the wave of many miles.

Cleaning your running shoes is essential. They will look fresh, and you will extend the life of your shoes. Here is your guide to cleaning and maintaining coaches.


When learning to clean sneakers, follow these steps:

Step 1

Start by wiping away dirt, grass, and mud with a soft brush like an old toothbrush.

Step 2

Remove and place laces and insoles inside a pillowcase. Then insert the pillowcase inside a washing machine – run with detergent on cold/delicate, and this will clean both laces and insoles while eliminating odors.

Step 3

Mix water with an environmentally friendly detergent. Scrub away stains and wash the shoes with an old toothbrush to apply the mixture.

Step 4

Rinse with a warm washcloth, remove soap, soap suds, and any remaining dirt.

Step 5

Air dry at room temperature (but never outside, because the sun wears and distorts the outsole, leading to yellowing).

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