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How to Wash Shoes in Washing Machine

Many people would love to wash their shoes in a washing machine, but, they do not know how to do this – it’s quite easy though. Here, we present you the simplest, yet, best ways on how to wash shoes in a washing machine.

How to Wash Shoes in Washing Machine
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Washing your shoe in a washing machine will save you a whole lot of things, especially your time and the stress that might follow.

Sometimes, washing your pair of shoe with a washing machine might just save you money, as you can be assured of having a clean shoe; so, you won’t have throw them away.

Should I Wash Shoes with a Washing Machine?

Many people are scared of washing their shoes with a washing machine, because of the fear of the machine spoiling the shoes.

It should be noted that not all kinds of shoe can be washed with a washing machine. Check the labels on the shoes to determine if you can wash your shoes with a washing machine.

There are some types of shoes that can be washed using a washing machine, at the same time, there are some shoes you should never try to wash with a washing machine. Let us take a look at the types of shoes that can be washed with machine and those that cannot be washed with a washing machine.

What Type of Shoes Can I Wash with a Washing Machine?

There are some certain kind of shoes that should never be washed with a washing machine; and they are shoes made from leather or suede. This kind of shoes can easily be damage when washed with water. Hence, they can only be cleaned with cleaning products made for them or by a professional.

Shoes such as trainers, tennis shoes and other types of shoes made with fabrics such as polyester, cotton, nylon and more can be washed with a washing machine due to the materials they are made of.

There are other types of shoes that can be machine washed, such as some shoes made with PU or PVC; just check the instructional label on the shoe before going ahead to wash them.

How to Clean Shoes using a Washing Machine

Now that you know the type of shoes that can be washed in a washing machine, let’s go straight to how you can easily clean your shoes with a washing machine. Follow the instructions carefully.

  • Remove the shoe laces as well as the soles inside the shoe. This is to prevent the shoe laces from getting tangle. Wash shoe lace and the insoles with hands.
  • Add a sizeable quantity of laundry detergent into the washing machine, and add enough cold water to it.
  • Place your shoes in a mesh laundry bag for extra protection (optional)
  • Add about 5 towels or thick sheet into the machine, alongside your shoes. This is to bring balance when the machine starts running.
  • Choose a mid-level cycle with slow spin.
  • You can also add a pine oil disinfectant to disinfect the shoes.
  • Remove from the washing machine when done, and rinse off.

Can I Dry a Shoe with a Dryer?

Having washed and rinsed your shoes, the step that follows is drying your shoes. You should not do this with a dryer. Do not dry your shoe with a dryer.

The temperature of a dryer is high and can damage your shoes, especially the glues, and can also cause the shoe fabric to shrink.

How to Dry a Shoe after Washing

The best way of drying your shoe after washing is by placing them in a well-ventilated place to dry off. You can also open a fan on them to speed things up.

Final Thoughts on How to Wash Shoes in a Washing Machine

Our shoes will always get dirty, either we use them or not; washing shoes sometimes might be tedious; but it becomes less tedious when you wash with a washing machine.

Before washing with a washing machine, ensure you read the manufacturer’s instructions on the label of the shoe.

With this, we conclude our guide on how to wash shoes in a washing machine.

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