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How to Wash Laundry | Cleaning Workout Shoes

How to Wash Laundry | Cleaning Workout Shoes

Smelly shoes are decidedly the rule rather than the exception. Not only are they hard on the nose, smelly shoes are a sign of bacteria, the leading cause of athlete's foot. While it is important that you replace running shoes every 300-400 miles there ways to clean shoes more often.

We get asked often if hand washing or machine washing sports laundry is more effective. The truth is, the trick for how to remove body odor from clothing and get your laundry as clean as possible, immersion in soapy water is just not enough. Your sports laundry actually gets cleaned through agitation, when laundry rubs together. Meaning machines do a better job the more clothes you have in the washer as they bang around during the cycle.  However, when it comes to running shoes this has to be avoided.  Putting shoes through the spin cycle will break down the cushioning that is vital to preventing injury.

As such follow these handy tips to keep your shoes cleaner:

  1. Wear socks.  Your shoes are harder to clean.  The extra layer of absorption will contain the rankest grime to your socks and away from your shoes.
  2. Remove inserts to allow air to flow between the insole and the rest of the shoe
  3. Crumple up newspaper post run and stuff it in your shoes. It will absorb excess sweat
  4. Make a baking soda 'sachet' using cheesecloth, a nylon or some other porous fabric.  Fill the cloth with 2-3 tbsps of baking soda and tie off the top.  Baking soda is a great way to absorb moisture and neutralize odor
  5. Once a month (or when shoes really smell), soak your sneaks in a basin of water with 1-2oz of No Sweat.  Use a tooth brush to scrub around the seams where most grime collects. Leave them to disinfect for 20-30 min.  Rinse out excess suds.  Using a towel, blot out as much water as possible.  Air dry in a well ventilated area

In short - how to remove body odor from clothing? Wash with multiple items to get a nice sudsy clean. How to wash your running shoes? Let them dry out in the sun if they are wet, and if you HAVE to wash them, take out the soles and wash them alone on a delicate cycle.



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