Don't throw away your old sneakers until you follow our laundry tips. All the details are in the article.

How to wash sneakers in a washing machine: 3 ways

Can you wash sneakers in the washing machine?

Not all sneakers are machine washable. Some materials and designs do not withstand vibration and wetting. 

Which sneakers can be washed in the washing machine

  • Canvas or mesh can be washed in the washing machine. To avoid damaging your shoes, remove the laces and wash them separately. Use a gentle cycle with cold water and mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener. Air dry your sneakers and do not expose them to direct sunlight.
  • Leather is not recommended to be washed in a washing machine. But if you need to wash it, use a soft brush to remove dirt and stains before placing it in the drum. 
  • Suede sneakers should not be machine washed as this can damage the material. Instead, use a suede cleaner and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
It is important to note that the above recommendations are general advice, carefully Read the manufacturer's care instructions before washing your sneakers in the washing machine. If you are not sure or in doubt, it is better to clean them by hand or take them to a dry cleaner.

General recommendations: how many degrees and mode

  • Remove any dirt or debris from the shoes . Use a soft-bristled brush or damp cloth to gently wipe away any dirt or dust.
  • Remove the laces and any inserts from the sneakers . The laces can be washed separately by placing them in a mesh laundry bag or by tying them together to prevent tangling.
  • Place the boots in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase . This will help protect the sneakers and prevent damage.
  • Add a small amount of mild detergent to the tray . Make sure the detergent is suitable for colored items if there are colored parts.
  • Set your washing machine to gentle with cold water . Do not use hot water as this can loosen the adhesive backing and deform the shoe.
  • After the wash cycle is complete, take the sneakers out and let them air dry . Do not put in the dryer, high temperature may damage the shoes.
  • Stuff your shoes with newspaper or a clean cloth while they dry . This will help keep their shape and prevent warping.
  • When completely dry, lace them up again, insert the necessary insoles or inserts.

Remember that not all sneakers are machine washable. Read the care instructions on the label or on the manufacturer's website. When in doubt, hand wash is best.

How to wash sneakers in a washing machine

1. How to wash fabric sneakers in the washing machine

Sneakers are an essential part of most people's wardrobe and can get very dirty over time. One of the easiest ways to clean them is to throw them in the washing machine. But the wrong washing technique can damage the fabric or cause the shoes to lose their shape. 


Before washing shoes , you need to properly prepare. Start by removing loose dirt or debris with a soft-bristled brush or a clean, damp cloth. If there are any stains, use a mild detergent to gently scrub the area. Then remove the laces from your shoes and put them in a laundry bag.

Load into the drum

It is very important to wash separately from regular clothes, because shoes can damage delicate fabrics, catch on zippers or buttons. Also, be careful not to overload the machine. Leave enough room for the shoes to move freely during the wash cycle.

Add detergent

Use a mild detergent that does not contain bleach or fabric softener. Bleach can ruin the color, and fabric softener can leave a mark that will cause shoes to lose their shape. 

Choose the right cycle 

Choose a cycle with a low spin speed to reduce the risk of damaging your shoes. You can add a few towels to the drum to dampen the vibrations.

Dry your shoes

After washing, take your shoes out and stuff them with newspaper or paper towels to keep them in shape. Let dry naturally in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Do not use a dryer, high temperature may damage the adhesive.

2. How to wash leather sneakers

When caring for leather sneakers, special care and attention is required.

Remove dirt and debris

Before you start washing leather sneakers, you need to remove dirt and debris from the surface. Avoid using harsh chemicals or harsh materials that can damage the skin.

Prepare cleaning solution

You will need a mild cleaning solution of mild soap or leather cleaner. Do not use aggressive household chemicals , so as not to damage the skin.

Apply cleaning solution

Using a soft cloth or sponge, apply the cleaning solution to the leather sneakers. Be sure to cover the entire surface, including the sole and any gaps. Avoid excessive pressure.

Rinse and dry

After applying the cleaning solution, rinse your leather sneakers thoroughly with clean water. Be sure to remove all traces of detergent. Use a clean towel to pat dry. Do not use a hair dryer or any other heat source to avoid cracking the skin.

Prepare your skin

After washing and drying, you need to put the skin in order. The cream will help restore the natural oils and moisture that were lost during the cleansing process. Apply a small amount of sponge and rub in circular motions. Let it soak for a few minutes, remove excess with a clean cloth.

Store it right

Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Use shoe braces or stuff with newsprint to keep the shape.

3. How to wash sports sneakers

Mesh sneakers are comfortable, breathable and perfect for sports and exercise. After prolonged use, they can become dirty, exude an unpleasant odor and become stained. Cleaning them can be a daunting task, but washing them in the washing machine makes the process much easier. 

Prepare your sneakers for washing

First remove the laces and wash them separately in a mesh laundry bag. This will prevent them from tangling or being lost during washing. Then remove any dirt, debris or dust with a soft bristled brush or dry cloth.

Choose the right detergent

Using a harsh detergent can damage the mesh fabric, so it's best to use a mild detergent or one specifically made for athletic shoes.

Put your sneakers in the drum

Place your sneakers in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase so they don't get damaged or tangled during washing. If washing more than one pair, make sure they are the same size and color.

Set the mode

Set your machine to a gentle or gentle cycle to prevent damage to your running shoes. Avoid using hot water as this may cause the mesh fabric to shrink or warp. 

Add detergent and start the wash cycle

Pour mild detergent into the tray and start the wash cycle. Do not add fabric softeners, they can damage the mesh fabric.

Dry your sneakers

Remove from washing machine and let air dry. Do not use a dryer as this may cause shrinkage or distortion of the fabric. Stuff your shoes with paper towels to keep their shape and absorb moisture. Place in a well ventilated area and let dry completely before wearing again.

With proper care and maintenance, athletic shoes will last longer and look great in training.