Whether you are a keen runner or you prefer a gentler mode of exercise, it can be difficult to keep sports shoes and sportswear clean and in good condition – especially during the summer where you are likely to sweat more than usual, or during the monsoon months when they are bound to get muddy.
So, whether you’d like to know how to wash shoes or remove stubborn sweat stains – read on to find out how to keep your sportswear looking new and smelling fresh.
Can You Wash Shoes?
Chances are your sports shoes could do with freshening up (even everyday walking can result in smelly odours forming inside shoes) – yet many people are unsure how to wash sneakers or if you can wash shoes in the machine. After a few walks in the park, your two-week-old shoes can start looking like they are two years old!
The good news is that many modern pairs of sports shoes are made of a material that is durable enough to withstand hand washing as well as a wash in the washing machine, and Rin detergents can help keep them clean and fresh with (or without) a washing machine.
Follow these instructions for washing shoes!
Remove shoelaces and wash them separately. (You can wash these in the machine too – however, removing them will prevent everything from getting tangled).
Remove dried-on mud or dirt with a soft-bristled brush. If your shoes are particularly grubby on the outside, use a mixture of laundry detergent and warm water to do this – Rin Detergent Bar is ideal as it is specially formulated to remove stubborn dirt.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions – if shoes are machine washable, place them inside a mesh laundry bag and wash on a cool cycle. Wash your shoelaces in the same way. If shoes are not machine washable, wash them in a bucket full of cool water for best results.
To dry, insert newspaper into the shoes to absorb moisture and leave somewhere warm and airy.
Here's how to wash shoes by hand: