How to wash shoes in your washing machine

 Unfortunately, not all dirty and smelly shoes and sneakers can pass through the washing machine at the risk of damaging them or damaging the machine. Only a few materials resistant to washing cycles can pass through. To clean them properly, small details and various stages of preparation are to be respected.


What program to wash sneakers in a machine?

To wash sneakers in a machine, you must select a short, spin-free wash program.

When everything is ready, the washing shoes can be loaded into the washing machine. However, a good adjustment of the machine is imperative to avoid damaging the fabric of shoes and sneakers as well as the other elements that make them up. The fewer shoes stay in the washing machine, the less exposed they will be to abrasions that can damage them. For a proper wash:

  1. Place prepared shoes and sneakers in the washing machine. Select a program suitable for sneakers. If this feature is not included, choose the synthetic or delicate program;
  2. As for the temperature, cold washing is suitable for shoes as well as delicate textiles. By using hot water, especially for canvas shoes, the temperature should not exceed 30 degrees Celsius;
  3. Pour in the cleaning product. It is recommended to use liquid laundry instead of a tablet. Indeed, this product can be edible in shoes and sneakers;
  4. Add both detaching and disinfectant powder to remove or prevent odours and remove the most stubborn stains. This type of product eliminates bacteria that are good for the bad smell of the feet;
  5. Turn off the spin program before starting the cleaning unless the machine allows a low-speed spin, for example, between 400 and 800 turns per minute. Indeed, to prepare its contents for drying, the machine tries to drain as much water as possible. Too much speed can cause problems, i.e. an imbalance in the drum.  


Sorting shoes

Although frequent washing of shoes and sneakers by machine is not recommended by manufacturers, the washing machine helps to clean them efficiently. However, this treatment is not suitable for all subjects. As with a laundry basket, sorting is necessary before passing the shoes and sneakers to the washing machine. To do this:

  1. Remove pairs of shoes made from living materials, such as suede, leather or nubuck. These materials do not support washing cycles. They can crack and deteriorate easily;
  2. Eliminate shoes that are made of silk and satin. These materials are also very delicate;
  3. On the other hand, sneakers and canvas shoes can pass through the washing machine without any problems. This machine cleaning can even give them a second youth while giving them a clean shot.


Make a first quick clean-up.

Shoes that can pass through the washing machine should be checked and prepared before cleaning is launched. Here are the essential steps:

  1. Check the label to make sure the material can be washed, and then remove the laces to prevent the eyes all from leaving unsightly marks.
  2. Clean the laces with lemon or sodium percarbonate to restore their front whiteness. Slide the laces into an under-clothing net to prevent them from getting stuck in the drum;
  3. Also, remove the insoles to allow them to breathe. Hand-washing is recommended to maintain its original shape. Once dried, these soles can be sprayed with a shoe disinfectant. This eliminates bacteria and odours;
  4. Do a quick first cleaning with a brush to remove encrusted dirt such as mud, small pebbles or any other residue. These can eventually quickly soil the water or clog the drain channels. Leave only dirt to the machine that cannot be removed completely;
  5. On stained parts of shoes, apply liquid laundry directly before launching the washing machine.


Pack shoes in linens

Washing shoes and sneakers at the washing machine can cause significant damage to the machine. With mechanical action, the shoes are forced to bounce and tap all over the drum. These blows may alter the inner appearance of the drum by breaking the blades that allow the linen to be brewed. You should know that once damaged, and these plastic bars can shred the next waves of linen or shoes to wash. To prevent this deterioration:

  • Avoid overloading the drum with too many pairs of shoes and sneakers;
  • Wrap the shoes in a delicate laundry net. The use of a large thick bath towel or sponge towel can also cushion the blows in the drum;
  • Mix shoes with durable, thick clothing like jeans to protect the drum from the machine. Fragile textiles, on the other hand, should not be mixed with shoes.


Dry shoes naturally

Dry shoes naturally

Many drying appliances have a special spin program for shoes. If the machine has this feature and has a dedicated basket, don’t hesitate to use it. However, if this option does not exist, the washing machine must be set to the lowest possible spin cycle. Natural drying at room temperature is also possible. This method is effective and avoids unpleasant surprises. To do this, you need to:

  • Bring a cloth to mop water off shoes;
  • Allow the shoes to dry completely in a corner at room temperature;
  • Hang or hold vertically to optimize drying.

Drying shoes should be placed outdoors, in a dry, airy area, but away from the sun and heat sources. This prevents textiles from hardening. Drying can take several days, so you have to be patient. However, to speed up this process, it is clever to put newsprint in the shoes. This method allows moisture to be absorbed inside. It should be replaced every time it is soaked with water. Once the shoe is dry, the laces and soles should be put back in their place.