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How to Clean Running Shoes: The Ultimate Guide

Last Updated: July 06, 2022

Your sneakers can take a beating. They're constantly being exposed to the elements, whether it's rain, snow, or mud, and they always seem to be getting caked in dirt.

Not to mention all the sweat and bacteria that builds up over time. Yuck!

But don't worry - we're here to help. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of cleaning your running shoes step-by-step. So whether they're just a little bit dirty or downright caked in mud, we'll have you breathing easy (and your sneakers looking good) in no time at all.

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How to Clean White Running Shoes

  1. The first thing you need to do is identify the type of material your sneakers are made from. If they're white, then they're probably made from leather or a synthetic leather-like material.
  2. If that's the case, then you can use a mild detergent and some water to clean them.
  3. Mix the detergent into the water until it forms a sudsy solution, then dip a soft cloth into the mixture and rub it over the surface of your shoes.
  4. Be sure to avoid getting the solution on any of the stitching, as it could cause it to fray.
  5. Once you've cleaned them all over, rinse them off with cool water and let them air dry.

How to Clean Running Shoes with Mesh

If your sneakers are made from mesh or some other non-leather material, then you can't use the detergent and water method.

In that case, you'll need to use a shoe cleaning product specifically designed for sneakers.


How to Clean Nike Shoes with Mesh

There are many different brands of sneaker cleaner on the market, but we recommend the Gear Aid boot + Shoe Cleaner.

  1. Simply spray the cleaner onto a cloth or sponge, and then wipe it over the surface of your sneakers.
  2. Be sure to avoid getting the cleaner on any of the stitching, as it could cause it to fray.
  3. Once you've cleaned them all over, rinse them off with cool water and let them air dry.

How to Clean Nike Shoes with Baking Soda

If you're looking for a more environmentally-friendly way to clean your sneakers, then baking soda is a great option.

Things you are required:

  • Toothbrush
  • Baking Soda
  • Water

By following the steps you can clean your shoes.

Step-1: The first step is to mix some baking soda with water until it forms a thick paste.

Step-2: Next, use a toothbrush to scrub the paste into all of the nooks and crannies of your sneakers.

Step-3: Finally, rinse them off with cool water and let them air dry


How to Clean Muddy Running Shoes

If your running shoes are caked in mud, then you'll need to take a more aggressive approach.

Things you will require:

  • Dish Soap
  • Warm Water
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Hose Or Garden Sprayer
  • Net Laundry Bag
  1. The first step is to remove as much of the mud as possible by hand.
  2. Be sure to wear rubber gloves, as the mud will be very sticky and difficult to wash off otherwise.
  3. Next, fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap.
  4. Place your sneakers in the bucket and let them soak for about 15 minutes
  5. Then use a hose or garden sprayer to rinse them off until all the mud is gone.
  6. Finally, place them in a net laundry bag and air dry.

Now that your running shoes are clean, it's important to keep them that way.

Below is four tips which will help you:

  • Wash your sneakers after every other use.
  • Avoid getting them wet if you can help it.
  • Store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Spray them with a protectant spray occasionally to keep them looking new.

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