Tips on Using the Washing Machine to Clean Your Shoes

Most of us want to look our best at all times – from head to toe. Your shoes are an important part of your overall appearance, so you want to keep them clean. What’s easier than throwing them in the washing machine, right? Well, while most of today’s washing machines are designed to safely clean shoes, you still need to take some precautions before doing so.

What NOT to Wash

There are some types of shoes you can put in a washing machine. But there are others you have to clean in other ways. For example, you should never put any type of shoe made of leather or suede in the washer. If you do, they’ll probably wind up damaged beyond repair.

The best thing to do is to look at the care label to make sure.

How to Do It

Unfortunately, washing your shoes isn’t as easy as simply taking off your feet and tossing them into the machine. The first thing you’ll need to do is to remove any caked-on mud. You can use an old toothbrush or another type of brush with soft bristles.

Then, take out the laces and insoles. You’ll have to clean the insoles by hand, but you can put the laces in a pillowcase. That will keep them from tangling. You might also want to put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in each shoe. That will help get them cleaner and will also help remove odors.

It will then be time to put the shoes in the washer. Put them in a wash bag first so they don’t get jammed in the drum of the washing machine. A pillowcase will work if you don’t have a wash bag. Use liquid detergent and put it the cycle on “gentle.” Also, use cold water to keep them from warping. Remember that it will be nosy during the wash cycle.

Air-drying the shoes will be safer. But if you’re pressed for time, wrap each shoe in a towel before putting it in the dryer.

If you ever have any problems with your washer, dryer or any other appliance, Appliance Home Service can help. Contact us online or call 281-656-8428.