How to Clean Mesh Shoes: Top 5 Methods!

Learn how to clean mesh shoes using the 5 easiest and most effective methods that you can do from home.

How to Clean Mesh Shoes

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The 5 best methods to use when cleaning mesh shoes are:

  1. washing machine
  2. hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
  3. white toothpaste
  4. shoe cleaner kit
  5. bleach

This is How to Clean Mesh Shoes: Top 5 Methods!

Mesh is often used to make trainers and running shoes, which means they are likely to get dirty! Mesh is used for these types of shoes because it is stylish, light, and also easy to clean.

Our article gives you 5 different methods to use when trying to clean mesh shoes. All of these methods are easy, inexpensive, and can be done at home in just a few steps. 

You will learn…

  • How to clean white mesh shoes
  • How to clean mesh sneakers
  • How to clean running shoes with mesh
  • How to clean colored mesh shoes

Using the washing machine is an effective way to clean mesh shoes, if the proper guidelines are followed. 

Mesh shoes can also be cleaned by using a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, which is a powerful combination for cleaning stubborn dirt and stains out of mesh shoes. 

It may also surprise you that white toothpaste can be used to clean your mesh sneakers; continue reading to find out how. 

If you have white mesh shoes, using bleach is an effective solution to get those awful stains out. 

Continue reading below to see the step-by-step instructions for all of these cleaning methods. 

How to Clean Mesh Shoes

Use the 5 methods below to effectively clean mesh shoes. 

Read our other articles to help keep your shoes clean.

And don’t neglect your shoelaces.

1. How to Clean Mesh Shoes in the Washing Machine

Clean mesh shoes in the washing machine by following the steps outlined below. This is the best way to clean mesh shoes.

1. Remove dirt from shoe

Use a brush of cloth to remove dirt, dust, and debris from the shoes. 

this is a photo of tall paul brushing dirt off his mesh shoes

2. Removes shoelaces

Remove the shoelaces from the shoes (wash your shoelaces now as well).

this is a photo of a pair of mesh shoes without the laces in them

3. Use mesh laundry bag

Place the shoes and shoe laces into a mesh laundry bag.

this is a photo of mesh shoes inside of a mesh laundry bag

4. Put shoes into washing machine

Place the shoes into the washing machine

this is a photo of a pair of mesh shoes in a mesh laundry bag being put in the washing machine by tall paul

5. Add soap

Add general purpose laundry detergent to the washing machine.

this is a photo of tall paul adding soap to the wasshing machine

6. Wash with cold water

Adjust the settings to delicate and wash with cold water.

this is a photo of the cold water setting on the washing machine

7. Start washing machine

this is a photo of the stast button on a washing machine

8. Dry your mesh shoes

Air dry your shoes in a cool, dry location (learn how to dry your shoes without a dryer.)

this is a photo of mesh shoes drying after they were washed

How to Clean Mesh Shoes in the Washing Machine: Tips

  • If you don’t have a mesh laundry bag, use a pillowcase and tie it shut.
  • Washing in hot water may shrink your shoes.

2. How to Clean Mesh Shoes with Baking Soda

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are great for cleaning mesh shoes. Follow the steps below to use this method properly. 

  1. Brush or wipe your shoes to remove loose debris, dust, and dirt. Remove the shoelaces. 
  2. Mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, with a table spoon of baking soda, and a splash of water. Mix together to create a paste.
  3. Use a brush to gently apply the solution to the dirty part of your shoes.
  4. Use a circular motion with the brush and the solution to remove dirt and stains from the shoe. 
  5. Once all the dirt and stains are covered with the cleaning solution, let the shoes stand for 30 to 40 minutes so that the peroxide and baking soda can work their magic. 
  6. Rinse the shoes under cold water until the cleaning solution is completely removed from the mesh shoes. 
  7. Allow the shoes to air dry (try line drying.)

3. How to Clean Mesh Shoes with White Toothpaste

White non-gel toothpaste can be used to clean mesh shoes. Here’s how!

  1. Use a brush or cloth to remove dirt, mud, dust, and debris from the shoe. 
  2. Dampen the shoes with water and remove the shoestrings.  
  3. Apply white non-gel toothpaste to a small brush.
  4. Apply the toothpaste by scrubbing it on to the dirt and stains using a circular motion. 
  5. Once finished, wipe the shoes clean or rinse them under cold water.
  6. All the shoes to air dry (let the dry flat.)

4. How to Clean Mesh Shoes with a Shoe Cleaner Kit

Shoe cleaning kits are made for cleaning all types of shoes and can be effective is used properly. 

Search the internet for the best shoe cleaner for you, and follow the instructions carefully in order to get the best results. 

5. How to Clean Mesh Shoes with Bleach

Bleach is a great tool for cleaning white mesh shoes. Read below to learn how to use bleach to clean white mesh shoes

  1. Use a brush or cloth to remove dirt and debris from the shoes. 
  2. Remove the shoelaces from the shoes.
  3. Put on gloves.
  4. Mix 1 part bleach with 5 parts water to make a diluted bleach solution.
  5. Dip a soft brush in the bleach solution and apply it to the dirt and stains on the shoe using a circular motion.
  6. Once you have cleaned the shoes adequately, rinse the shoes under cold water until all the bleach is removed.
  7. Allow the shoes for air dry before wearing again.  

How to Clean Mesh Shoes FAQ

There are a variety of methods to use when cleaning mesh shoes. These methods include: 

  • Using the washing machine.
  • Using a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture.
  • Using white toothpaste.
  • Using a shoe cleaner kit.
  • Using bleach.

There are a variety of methods to use when cleaning mesh fabric. These methods include: 

  • Using the washing machine.
  • Using a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture.
  • Using white toothpaste.
  • Using a shoe cleaner. kit
  • Using bleach

To make shoes white again try putting them in the washing machine to remove dirt, using bleach to remove stains, and drying them in the sun so that the UV light can help to brighten the white. 

There are a variety of methods to use when washing Nike mesh shoes. These methods include: 

  • Using the washing machine.
  • Using a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture.
  • Using white toothpaste.
  • Using a shoe cleaner kit.
  • Using bleach
Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow is a 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) mental health speaker, fashion expert and ex-athlete. He is a global leader in helping tall men find clothing that fits them and showing them how to style it properly. Paul also spends his time modelling in the fashion and film industries. Paul is also the founder of Never Alone, a global leader in providing mental health and therapy inspiration. He started the Mental Growth Newsletter to help others that were dealing with mental health struggles, like he has.

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