How to wash sneakers in a washing machine | Expert material

It is not recommended to wash your sneakers in the washing machine. This leads to loosening of the drum and possible damage to the device later. But, if you really want or need to, then it is advisable to use top-loading washing machines – in them the drum is held on two axes, so that the increased vibration is not as terrible for it as for front-loading devices.

There are also a few tips on how to machine wash your sneakers.

Preparing to wash your sneakers in the washing machine

 sneakers in the washing machine

This process has many subtleties. So:

  1. Wash a maximum of one to two pairs at a time. With a higher load, the drum and the 'washer' activators may be damaged. There are also known cases when shoes knocked out the glass of the hatch;

  2. Take out the laces and insoles (instep supports). The first ones can get into the holes of the drum, and the second ones are generally not designed for prolonged contact with water and can come unstuck. The insoles (instep supports) can be washed independently using, for example, a sponge and dish detergent, and immediately hung up to dry. The laces can also be 'stretched' by hand under the tap. If you really don't feel like it, throw the laces in the same bag as your shoes. However, if the 'crosses' are washed without a bag, then clean the laces only by hand;

  3. Examine the 'crosses'. If they have reflective elements, such models can only be washed by hand (and the best thing is to simply wipe them with a not very damp sponge). Flickers peel off easily when in contact with water. Similarly, if there are damaged areas with crawled foam rubber, the idea of ​​removing dirt from their surface in a 'machine' should be abandoned;

  4. Also, you cannot 'send to the car' shoes with rhinestones, stones, lighting;

  5. Before putting the 'crosses' into the 'machine', thoroughly rinse the sole from dirt and stones;

  6. It is recommended to use not an ordinary powder, but a special liquid agent – it does not leave streaks and is easier to rinse out.

Now regarding the 'crosses' themselves:

  1. Suede models can only be washed if they are additionally stitched. The glue does not tolerate long-term contact with water;

  2. Colored sneakers are best sorted by color, as their material tends to 'fade';

  3. Leather models cannot be machine washed, they are deformed.

Have you prepared your shoes? You can start washing!

In order to improve the quality of washing and preserve the life of the 'washing machine', it is better to place 'crosses' in a special bag. Also, together with them, it is worth loading a couple of large terry napkins or towels into the drum. It is advisable to throw 1-2 tennis balls there for balance.


  1. Place sneakers in a bag, napkins or towels, and tennis balls (if available) in the washing machine;

  2. Pour in liquid detergent;

  3. Set the water temperature to 30-40 degrees;

  4. Disable spin mode. Do not spin your sneakers in the washing machine! This can damage the inside of the tank, loosen the bearings, and even knock out the glass of the door;

  5. Disable drying mode. It can deform the shoe and make it a couple of sizes smaller;

  6. Start the process! It is recommended to use the 'Gentle' or 'Delicate' mode so that the activators of the device do not scratch the surface of the fabric. Process time – depending on the degree of pollution, but not less than half an hour.

Then dry the sneakers by filling them with paper. This will help them keep their shape. In winter, 'crosses' can be dried on the battery, in summer – in the fresh air. Also, after partial drying, you can use a special drying device.

Rate article
An online magazine about style, fashion, etiquette, lifestyle, and about choosing the best products and services.
Add a comment