To some people your shoes are your pride and joy. Hey, I can understand I like to give a good impression. But that won’t happen if you have dirty shoes. This post will show you how to clean your shoes effortlessly. So please read on and get those clean shoes that you’ve always wanted.
What’s the point cleaning your shoes?
OK, so you may not be fashion conscious and not even care if your shoes are clean or not. But if your shoes are dirty then this can actually cause damage to your shoes.
Any dirt that is on the shoes can dig into the material that make up the shoe. And it can have detrimental effect the stitches that bind the parts of your shoe together as well.
Over time your shoes can deteriorate due to a lack of cleaning them.
To save the expense of going to the shops and buying a new pair of shoes you can effortlessly clean them at home. It is really easy for you to do this. Trust me!
In this post I want to show you two methods. Which ever one you choose will depend on your circumstances.
Ways to clean your shoes (and shoe laces):
Very Easy Way – Hand Scrub Your Shoes Clean
This method is more hands on than the following suggestion. Even though you will need to apply a little elbow-grease here this method will ensure that no damage will occur to your shoes as I am sure that you will take great care when cleaning your shoes.
If your insoles are dirty or there is a bit of an odor coming from them then please head on over to Wikihow. Check out the neat videos and steps included to clean your insoles.
What You Need:
- Dirty Shoes (yep)
- Sink or Bucket
- Container or Cup for your shoe laces
- Hot Water
- Hand Soap, Bar of Soap or Detergent
- Small Brush
- Hand Towel
What You Don’t Need:
- Elbow grease (don’t worry this is just a common expression that means that you need to apply a little effort)
Step 1 – Remove your laces first
First thing that you will need to do is to remove the shoe laces from your shoes. It will be a lot easier for you to clean these two separately.
The above video does show you how to clean both your laces and your shoes. And I will discuss each of these below.
After that just give your two shoes a quick knock together to dislodge any dirt .
Step 2 – Clean your laces
Put hot water into either a cup or container followed by a generous amount of detergent. There is no need to purchase any special kind of cleaning product.
Anything that you have around the home will suffice. But if you are using bleach I would recommend that you use gloves and do not leave your shoes and laces in bleach for too long. This will cause irreversible damage.
Then place your shoe laces into this mixture and mix together.
This step will help to loosen the dirt from your laces. This is a great way to ensure that the entire shoe laces are cleaned thoroughly.
When you think that you have mixed the laces with the mixture enough then take each of them out in turn and scrub with your hands. You may want to soak the laces again if dirt is still visible.
Please check out my How To Clean Shoe Laces post for more information on this step.
Step 3 – Scrub them shoes
Fill up either your sink or bucket with hot water and again apply some detergent to the water. Then dip your scrubbing brush into the water and then scrub your shoes.
Elbow grease may be required, lol. But please do take care when working around the stitches of the shoes.
Obviously there will be a build up of dirt around the stitches but you will want to take care around this area. If you do break the stitch then obviously your shoes will start to become undone.
Step 4 – Remove the soap
Once you have cleaned your shoes as much as you can the next step is to rinse off the soap from them. For this it will be best if you use your sink and run the faucet/tap.
Just put your shoe underneath the water and let the soap run off the shoe. Yep, it’s as easy as that.
Step 5 – Dry your shoes
Then when all the soap has been removed from the shoes you will then need to hand dry them using a towel. Make sure that you get into the shoe itself as water will undoubtedly have gotten in there.
It is a good idea for you to leave your shoes to dry overnight. There will still be some moisture left in them from this method. So you will want to give them a good airing.
A hair dryer or a tumble dryer is not advised!
Step 6 – Dry your laces and wait
You will then want to clean your shoe laces like you did for your shoes. For this take each lace in turn and scrub them under a running tap.
Working with one lace at a time will make sure that they do not become tangled together and that both of them get a good clean.
Then you will need to hold one of the laces at the tip and use your other hand to wring the water out of it. You can use a towel for this instead of your hand. The towel will absorb most of the water.
Apply the same technique to the other shoe lace.
Together with your shoes you will want to leave these overnight, or even for a few hours, to let them dry.
Even Easier Way – Put Them Into The Washing Machine
I do highly recommend that you follow the above method. But if you do not care to clean your shoes by hand then this method will definitely work.
This method will require you to use your washing machine, (or your friend’s), so make sure that your shoes are indeed machine-washable.
What You Need:
- Dirty Shoes (yes that’s what we’re cleaning)
- Small brush
- Washing Machine
Step 1 – Remove the shoe laces
Similar to the above method you will first want to untie your laces from your shoes. This will help ensure that everything will be cleaned thoroughly and that no dirt will be caught underneath the shoe lace.
Step 2 – Scrub dirt off (optional)
To be honest this step is optional but I’ve included it so that your shoes, (and laces), will be as clean as possible.
Using your brush you will want to scrub off as much dirt as you can. This will help when you put your shoes into the washing machine.
Step 3 – Use the washing machine
Next you will want to put your shoes and the laces into the washing machine. As your shoes will be rattling around the machine you may also want to put some towels in there as well.
This will obviously save your from hearing a lot of noise coming from the machine as your shoes will not be banging inside.
It is definitely a good idea for you to put the washing machine on a delicate setting and also use cold water.
Step 4 – Leave to dry
Once the washing machine has finished its cycle take out both of your shoes and laces and leave them to dry.
You will NOT want to use a tumble dryer or a hair dryer for this. Also, direct sunlight can cause damage.
The excessive heat from these appliances, (and the sun), can result in shrinkage and cause colors to fade.
Thank You and Please Leave A Comment
I hope that this how to clean your shoes guide was both helpful and useful. If you think that this post will be helpful then please share it with family and friends using the social media buttons below.
If you have any questions or comments then please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.