If you’re like me, you presumably have a lot of shoes. And if you’re like me, you also don’t want to take the time to hand-wash every one of them. That’s why I was thrilled when I learned about the wonders of washing shoes in the washing machine – without a mesh bag! Read on for my fool-proof guide.

It’s no secret that shoes and washing machines don’t always get along. Many people believe that you should never put shoes in the washing machine because they’ll end up with a destroyed machine and wrecked shoes beyond repair.

However, while it’s not recommended to put shoes in the washing machine all the time, there is a way to do it without ruining your shoes or your machine. All you need is a mesh laundry bag specifically designed for shoe washing. Read on to uncover how to use it!

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How to Wash Shoes in Washing Machine Without Mesh Bag | Step By Step

Step 1: Throw Your Shoes in the Washing Machine – Yes, you read that right. Throw your shoes into the washing machine like you would with any other load of laundry. If you don’t have a mesh bag, you should use a delicate setting.

Step 2: Select the Shoe Washing Bag – Some washing machines come with their version of a shoe-washing bag; if your machine doesn’t, then pull out the regular mesh laundry bag that came with your machine.

Step 3: Wash Your Shoes – When the load is finished, remove your shoes and bag them up for an overnight stay, just like you would with clothes. Make sure to use zip-lock or other secure bags so that none of the water escapes during overnight drying.

Step 4: Hang Them Up to Dry – The next morning, remove the shoes from the bag and place them somewhere they can dry out completely. A space heater or a sunny window should do the trick.


•      It’s best to wash two pairs of shoes at a time so that you don’t have to wait for one pair to finish before starting another.

•       Be sure to use a mesh bag labeled for “shoe washing,” not a regular mesh laundry bag.

•      If you have a front-loading machine, it’s best to put the shoes in a storage basket instead of a mesh bag so that they don’t get stuck inside.

•      It’s important to wash shoes by themselves or with other delicate items so that the washing machine doesn’t get clogged up.

•      It’s also important to never put shoes in the dryer for long periods, as they’ll shrink and become damaged.

With this fool-proof method, you can finally throw those dirty old shoes into your washing machine without worrying about ruining your machine or having to hand-wash them one by one. And with the extra time you have, why not spend it doing other things?

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How to Clean Shoes Without Drying Them

Natural home remedies for cleaning your shoes without drying them include toothpaste and vinegar. Also included are a couple of additional ways to clean leather shoes.

When I was a kid rising, my mother used some unorthodox methods to clean our clothes and shoes that sometimes seemed more harmful than good. Those methods probably caused us to get sick at times, but I won’t go into the details.

One of my favorite sites to learn about home remedies is eHow.com. If you haven’t checked out this site before, you should. I find at least one article on there that can be helpful to me almost every day (no kidding)!
So far, the eHow articles on knowing how to clean shoes without drying them have been very useful. They are listed below for your convenience:

How to Clean Leather Running Shoes

As far as I know, the following info comes directly from these eHow articles. If you would like to read more about these topics, please click on the links below. I hope you find this information useful.

Cleaning White Shoes

White shoes are the ultimate summer accessory for looking crisp and clean in any outfit. However, they can collect unsightly stains when you’re spending time outdoors. Many commercial cleaners work well on white canvas shoes. Still, these chemicals can leave behind a residue that can discolor and damage the fabric. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies for cleaning white shoes that will save you from buying expensive commercial cleaners.

The foremost thing you should do is check your shoes for any stains and make sure they are completely dry. Then you will need:

Detergent (Free and clear brands work best)
Water (warm or cold, as hot water can set stains)
Makeup brush
Sponge or cloth

Rub the detergent into each shoe using a makeup brush. Let it seat for 5 minutes, then wipe away any excess soap with a sponge or cloth. Fill the sink with warm water and allow your shoes to soak for 10 minutes. Rinse each shoe under running water, then let them air dry.

If your stains are particularly stubborn, you might need to repeat this process one or two more times. You can even try using white vinegar instead of soap. Still, this solution can damage the paint and other types of finishes.

How to Clean Leather Shoes

It takes some time and effort to keep your leather shoes clean and looking new. If you wear the same pair of running shoes every day, you know how dirty they can get from gathering dust, sweat, and dirt. In between deep cleanings, you’ll want to give your shoes a daily wipe down with a soft, waterless cloth to remove dirt and grime that can otherwise build up. However, some tough stains appear out of nowhere and require some extra measures to remove. Here’s how you can clean leather running shoes with toothpaste, baking soda, or shaving cream.

Make sure your shoes are dehydrated before you begin this process. If there is still dirt or dust trapped in the treads, brush them away with an old toothbrush. Mix equal parts of water and glycerin, then use a clean cloth to dip into the mixture and wipe your entire shoe. Buff each shoe with a soft cloth to remove any residue and let them dry.

Mix 1 part baking soda and two parts water, then mix until it has the consistency of toothpaste. Use a clean cloth to spread this mixture onto your shoes, rubbing gently until you’ve covered all parts. Allow this sit for an hour or two, rinse with water, and let your shoes dry.

Mix 1 part shaving cream and two parts water. Use a clean cloth to dip into this mixture and wipe your entire shoe. Buff each shoe with a soft cloth to remove any residue and then dry.

These solutions can help remove scuffs, grime, and dirt that accumulate on your leather shoes over time. They are also good for removing tough stains like oil or ink during those times when you accidentally spill something on your shoes. However, these cleaning methods may not be appropriate for delicate finishes like patent leather, so make sure to test these solutions on a small patch of your shoe first before applying them to the entire surface.

How to Clean Shoes With Chewing Gum Without Removing Sole

Duct tape will save your soles. Use it if you get chewing gum stuck inside the treads of your shoes or on any other part that is causing damage, like rubber. The duct tape will pull the gum right off.

Use a plastic blade to scrape as much gum away as possible. If it’s still stuck on pretty well, try using a metal spoon or other heat-resistant plastic tool to remove even more of the gum without causing any damage to your shoe.

Do not utilize peanut butter, WD-40, or ice to remove chewing gum. These strategies may work in the short term, but they will cause permanent damage to your shoes.

How to Wash Leather Shoes

Mix half water with half white vinegar and soak your leather shoes in this solution for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly after removing from the mixture and hang out to dry. To prevent discoloration, always wear your shoes when they’re dry.

How to Clean White Leather Shoes

Use a clean cloth and some white vinegar to wipe the scuffs away. If there’s any dirt leftover, try dipping a cotton swab in white vinegar and scrubbing your shoe with it. The important thing is just making sure you get all the dirt off your shoes.

Try using a pencil eraser on them to clean up really tough stains. It’s powerful enough to cut through the grime without damaging your shoes in any way. You can even use it with enough force to take care of some scuffs caused by stones or other objects that get stuck in your soles.

How to Clean White Leather Shoes with Toothpaste

Wet a cotton ball and drop it into some baking soda, then rub the toothpaste on your shoes using the same circular motions you would use when brushing your teeth. The baking powder will lift off any grime that’s found its way onto your white leather shoes.

Drop a cotton swab in some water and wipe away any excess toothpaste or baking powder. This will not damage your shoes in any way, so don’t be afraid to use this method if they’re looking a little bit dirty.

Now I’m learning all sorts of interesting things about how to clean shoes without drying them out. You don’t want your favorite leather boots or dress shoes to dry up because they’re not properly cared for. The next time I see a piece I like, I will put this to use.

At the end of this article, I hope I have succeeded in making you feel confident about cleaning your shoes. I do not acknowledge any of the images used in this article, and they are only used for educational purposes. I can’t determine the last time my shoes were this clean. Have you ever tried to clean your shoes with WD-40? While the chemicals might remove the dirt, I wouldn’t recommend it; they’ll also probably damage your shoes.


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