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Can u wash sneakers in a washing machine?

  1. May 27, 2004 #1
    Can u wash sneakers in a washing machine??

    I have no clue how to wash shoes. Staying by myself is sooo damn hard... :mad: Is it ok if i just dump them in a washing machine.. some people say i should but others say its a really dumb idea.
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    You'll damage them! Go to Click's or something and buy those shoe cleaning material thingies. Also, sneakers (takkies!) come with a care guide (if you buy some proper ones.) Follow it and you shall be happy...! :wink:

    I use a toothbrush to get the dirt of my takkies - put some wahing powder in a bowl with water, dip the toothbrush and rub of dirt. It works quite well and my shoes are clean. Though, it does take damn long.
  4. May 27, 2004 #3


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    Sneakers are supposed to be dirty.

  5. May 27, 2004 #4
    True. My new sneakers dont stay clean for longer than a period of a week, and they turn yellow and brown after my outdoor cross-country runs. I think its gotten to a point where it cant be scrubbed off, the stains are too deeply rooted.
  6. May 27, 2004 #5
    yeah my takkies are those puma mostro mesh's and i dont really know how to get the dirt of the mesh part. I'll try the toothbrush thing and I that doesnt work U WILL PAY FOR MAKING ME MESS THEM UP!!! Ahemmm... no really, I'll try it out.
  7. May 27, 2004 #6
    Don't dry them in a microwave oven.
    See book "Cuckoo's Egg" by Clifford Stoll for more details.
  8. May 27, 2004 #7

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    The only thing holding one of my pair of trainers together is the dirt.
  9. May 27, 2004 #8
    I use a scrub brush and a paste I make with Tide detergent, rinse to remove soap and air dry outside.
  10. May 28, 2004 #9
    Buy shoe cleansers. Don't put your sneakers in you washing machine!! (Life skills). lol
  11. May 26, 2005 #10
    were you able to clean the oum sing on the side of you shoes. mine is white and if i use a damp cloth it turns cream or darker like grey. any advice?
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  12. May 26, 2005 #11
    I've put mine in the washing machine several times - it works a treat.

    Go for it mooberrymarz!
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    Are you guys talking about leather shoes?

    I have two pairs of running shoes, both over 8 years old and I have washed them many times.
  14. May 26, 2005 #13


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    rofl, this thread was almost exactly a year old. You can clean shoes in hte washing machine as long as they dont have any leather or else it'll ruin them.
  15. May 26, 2005 #14


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    Holy crap. It is a year old.
  16. May 26, 2005 #15
    I was mine in the machine, and then air dry them. Even the ones with leather trim seem to come out ok.
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    Maybe it is good to include some old towels in the wash, so that they are cushioned somewhat while tumbling. I don't even own sneakers, but I guess that would work.
  18. May 26, 2005 #17
    wow, Ive never known anyone who didn't own sneakers. They are the most comfortable shoes in the world!
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    Just hose your sneakers off and wait for them to dry(that's what I do)
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    Yeah, they whites parts turn much whiter and especially the shoelaces get cleaner. I've put mine in many times.
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    Nah, I never find them very comfortable. I have regular shoes that are much more comfortable and don't make my feet sweat like sneakers do. But, I do wear the sneakers for lawn mowing. When I was a kid, mom always tossed our sneakers in the washer and dryer (and they always made loud clunking in the dryer no matter what they were in there with).
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