How To Wash Trainers In The Washing Machine

Your trainers will almost certainly get dirty with time, no matter how careful you are. You may clean your trainers in a variety of methods if they need a thorough cleaning. Cleaning your shoes in the washing machine is a practical option and one of the simplest methods to restore their appearance. The cleaning procedure is simple, and your shoes will be back to their original state in no time.

Let’s see how to wash sneakers in the washing machine.

Does Washing Trainers Harm the Machine?

There is a substantial discussion about whether or not it is safe to wash trainers in a washing machine. You’re probably aware that the trainers will harm your computer.

If the trainers are exceptionally heavy, they may harm the drum pedals, resulting in a malfunctioning washing machine. This may violate your guarantee, so proceed with caution before putting your clunky platform trainers in the washing machine. However, if you take the necessary safeguards, your machine should be unaffected.

Trainers are often made of materials such as nylon or polyester and are meant to be durable. Although these materials can withstand battering, you should always check the care label on the trainers before cleaning them. There are other options, like hand cleaning, if the care label specifies that they should not be machine washed.

The Full Guide to Washing Trainers in the Machine

Get your shoes ready

The first step is to prepare your sneakers for a machine wash. Remove the laces and any insoles from the shoes to begin. Laces and insoles should be washed separately to help the shoes dry faster.

Getting rid of any additional, surface-level material from your trainers is a vital component of getting them ready. Using a soft brush and a moist towel is one of the most effective ways to do this. We recommend using a cotton bud to go into the most difficult-to-reach regions if you want to be extra thorough.

The cleaner your sneakers are before putting them in the washer, the less effort the machine will have to do, resulting in better outcomes all around.

Make Sure Your Trainers Are Safe

Place your trainers inside a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag after they’ve been machine washed.

Your sneakers will not get stuck within the drum of the machine or between the seals of the washing machine door if you place them carefully inside a bag like this. This process also prevents the shoes from hurting the machine’s inside since their repeated rotation and bashing will be detrimental to its health. Close the pillowcase or bag’s opening with safety pins (3 should suffice), allowing some holes to enable water to seep in and out.

The sound of trainers being tossed around within the machine isn’t exactly pleasant. As a result, we recommend putting a couple of towels inside the machine, along with your trainers, to prevent noise. The towels will assist in softening the hammering, even more, making it less likely that your trainers will harm your machine.

If you want to wash your trainer laces and your trainers simultaneously, knot the ends of the laces together and lay them inside the pillowcase separately.

Use a cold wash cycle

It’s time to start cleaning your trainers once they’ve been carefully stored in your case of choice. It is recommended that you use a liquid-based detergent on your sneakers. This is because powdered detergent is more likely to become caught inside your shoes, which is not a good appearance!

If your washing machine has one, it’s preferable to use it in the ‘gentle’ setting. Washing your trainers in a cold setting is also the safest option, as heated settings may cause the form and size of the trainer to change. A temperature of 30 degrees will do the trick, as it will prevent any colours on the trainers from bleeding or fading.

Drying time

Your trainers are ready to dry after the washing machine cycle is completed. Remove your shoes from your pillowcase or bag, but resist the urge to put them in the dryer. The heat from the tumble dryer may cause your shoes’ soles to deteriorate, rendering them unwearable. As a result, air drying is advised for trainers.

Placing the shoes and laces in a well-lit area, ideally outside, is a good idea. However, avoid exposing the shoes to direct sunlight or heat sources such as a radiator since this might result in colour fading and other damage. Be aware that this procedure will take some time! Because air-drying shoes might take hours or even days, don’t machine wash them unless you need to wear them that night.


You’ll never have to worry about your trainers looking dirty again now that you know how to wash them in the washing machine. You’ll probably want to wear your shoes to every occasion, especially now that trainers have become such a significant component of fashion and streetwear style. Trainers are an expensive purchase, therefore maintaining their gleaming, new appearance is critical to their longevity.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to keep your trainers looking new for longer!


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