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Should you Wash your Running Shoes

OCT 23 2008

If you workout regularly, chances are you probably use your workout clothes almost everyday. You also most likely wash your workout clothes all the time as well. There is one thing that you leave behind is your running shoes.

The tendency is that you just leave it behind and forget about it until you notice stinking smell in your shoe rack.

Running shoes need also to be cleaned and washed regularly to make them look like its brand new and smelling good. Washing your running shoes is not that a hard task as it may sound. Here are some things that you need to do in order to make your running shoes looking new again.

  • The first thing that you need to do is to untangle the laces. If you could find any inserts in the shoe then remove them as well. Make sure you don’t leave behind unnecessary things that could get wet.
  • When cleaning your shoelaces, all you have to do is load them in your laundry. Hang them out to dry.
  • The next step is to mix a soap solution using a mild soap and water. For the soap it would be best if you choose the ones with mild ingredients and not soaps with strong chemicals. If you think that your shoes got too much stain and heavily soiled, you may want to buy soap or a liquid cleaner that is design for athletic shoes. It would be best if you check out the bottle and see if the ingredients are made for the materials that your shoes are made of. Try checking if it can fit for nylon, leather, rubber and those materials.
  • Have an old toothbrush or a soap bristle brush ready. You can now dip it in the soap solution that you made. Start scrubbing the inserts of the shoes. Be particular on the inside and outside. When rinsing use clean water. Make sure to remove all the soap.
  • Once you have removed all the soap, wipe it with paper towel or dry cloth.
  • To dry the inside, stuff it with paper towels so that it will soak the moisture. This way it can also preserve the shape.
  • It will be best to place the shoes outside and that is directly under the sun. You could also place them in well ventilated room so that it can dry well. You can replace the paper towels if you see them get soaked enough.
  • Usually it will take a few hours or a day for the shoes to be completely dry depending on where you put them.
  • After you feel that they are completely dry, it is time to put the laces and inserts back to the shoes.
  • If you want to remove the odor from the shoes, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda inside the shoes.
  • Cleaning your shoes the right way will definitely lengthen the life span of your shoes.
  • Avoid putting your shoes in the washing machine because it can damage and shrink your shoes.



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