Can you put Shoes in the Washing Machine: Yes!

Are you looking to clean your shoes?

Can you put Shoes in the Washing Machine?

How to Clean Shoes

Yes, you can and should put your shoes in the washing machine. The washing machine is the most effective way to wash your full shoes (inside, outside, foot odors.) Only put shoes made from synthetic fibers like polyester, cotton and nylon in the washing machine. Leather, suede and vinyl need to be washed differently.

This is Can you put Shoes in the Washing Machine: Yes!

Having a dirty pair of shoes is the fastest way to ruin any wardrobe choice. With your shoes being in contact with dirt, grass, grease, and so much more on a daily occurrence, it is only time until your sneaks need to be cleaned. 

Can you put Shoes in the Washing Machine?

Yes, you can put shoes in the washing machine. The washing machine is the best way to wash your sneakers, running shoes, gym shoes or fashionable sneakers. These shoes are generally synthetic fabrics like nylon, cotton and polyester. Suede, leather or vinyl should never go in the wash.

The washing machine will remove dirt and grime from the overall body of the shoe plus reduce the odors that occur from long-term sweat buildup.

Shoes can be finicky when it comes to washing and wearing. Let our guides on all things shoes help you.

How to Wash Shoes in the Washing Machine

Below is a simplified guide on how to wash your shoes in the washing machine. Read how to wash shoes to see the in-depth article. 

  1. Remove the shoelaces from the shoes (wash the shoelaces this way).
  2. Remove the insoles from the shoe and wash them separately. 
  3. Pre-treat scuffs and stains on your shoes that may not come off in the wash.
  4. Put the shoes in a mesh laundry bag and place them into the washing machine.
  5. Add liquid laundry detergent to the washing machine.
  6. Adjust the settings on the washing machine to a delicate/gentle wash cycle and wash with cold water (how long does a washer take?).
  7. Allow the shoes to air dry in a cool place with lots of sunlight.
  8. Leave the shoes to completely dry, which may take a day or two, depending on the environment where they are drying (curious if you can put shoes in the dryer?)

Learn how to wash slippers with this article.

Can you put Shoes in the Washing Machine FAQ

Yes, it is safe to wash your shoes in the washing machine. The washing machine will be your best and most effective way to clean your shoes.

No, your shoes will not get ruined in the washing machine if you follow the directions correctly.

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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