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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tips for Washing Your Running Shoes

Since, I'm off training and running for the next few days, I decided it's time to give my running shoes a bath. And here's where the domestic diva side of me comes out. Well, you don't have to be Martha Stewart to be able to do this.

Here how to wash and keep 'em smelling good...

1. Remove laces and inserts from the shoes. Rinse the shoes with water inside and out. Throw in the laces with other clothes in the washing machine or hand-wash them. Allow the inserts to air out. Air-dry the laces. I don't advice tossing them in the washing machine since some running shoes can't withstand the harsh cycles of a washing machine.

2. Mix up a solution of mild soap and water. Using a soft old toothbrush, scrub every part of the shoes, including liners and insoles with the mild soapy water mixture inside and out. Rinse the shoes thoroughly with clean water.

3. Gently try to squeeze out any excess water and wipe off with paper towels or a rag. Stuff the shoes with paper towels, dry rags or newspapers to soak up excess moisture and preserve their shape. Allow them to drip-dry.

4. Allow shoes to dry in a well-ventilated room.
Air drying will allow shoes to dry without it being damaged and to prevent it from shrinking. Do not put under direct sunlight. And a never toss it in the dryer. Machine washing and the use of a dryer is inadvisable because it can weaken the support structures in the sole. I leave mine on a shaded area in our balcony.

5. Replace the paper towels/rags/newspapers as soon as they become soaked. Replace the inserts and laces when the shoes are completely dry. You may apply clear shoe polish to white leather parts and black polish to black leather.

6. Put the laces and the inserts back into the shoes once all the parts are completely dry.Baking soda is a deodorizer. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda inside the shoes. Remove the powder from your shoes after a few hours by going outside and shaking the powder out, clap the soles of your shoes together a few times to get rid of any excess powder. (*another alternative: baby powder or a dryer sheet in the shoe works just as well.)

And voila! ... You've got clean and fresh smelling shoes!

Wash the shoes, save the cat!♥.•:*¨*:•.♥


  1. Ang cute ng pusa. grabe!ginawa kong desktop background.

  2. i used to toss mine in the washer & dryer. i know, bad heidi. and those cat photos! hilarious!

  3. Would've been perfect if that cat was sniffing running shoes. hehe!

  4. Julie!!!

    so glad ur now also into running! ako din! i also have a blog about it... may mga iba iba pang kahalo not related to running though... check it out!

    btw, I'm running my first 21k this sunday (dec 20) see you soon! amishu!


  5. I'll be doing 10K on the celeb run. see you! =)

  6. Nice blog! Wish I had the time and patience to clean my shoes regularly. All I can do is replace them when they go bad on me...

  7. Doc Art is that you?! Amishu! Hope to see you at the celeb run =)

  8. this is something i ought to do...soon. :P hehe thanks for the tips, julie! :) see you on sunday at the celeb run! :)

  9. See you Bryan! But I heard Erie is not running =(

  10. would you believed?
    i used hammer baking soda as part of my training. i put about a table spoon on my hydration drinks.
    wanna try?
    Coach Salazar

  11. Hi Coach Salazar! =) Seriously? What does it do?

  12. Thanks for this tips Hotlegs Runner. I haven't washed my running shoes yet. On the other end, I wanted to buy the Nike LunarGlide (14th month bonus please!) :D

  13. wow! I want those too but they're not good for me. I'm overpronated =(

    Happy for you though. Merry Christmas =)

  14. Thanks for the note Hotlegs and such a detailed post on how to clean and dry the shoes. I'm lazy. I just soak my shoes in a bucket of hot water mixed with laundry detergent over night, rinse and stuff with newspaper. Since I mostly trail run, my shoes are always dirty and I only give them the treatment when they get wet because I don't like the way they smell when they dry without cleaning first.

  15. Understandable. You're a man, that's probably why. Hehe =) Well, what you're doing is ok, I guess. Just use some baking soda so it will keep smelling fresh.=)

  16. Nice one julie... ako tamad mode ako kapag naglalaba ng shoes... direct sunlight pa rin is my idol... maybe i need a baking soda nga... heheh!


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