How to Machine Wash & Dry Your Shoes

Machine Wash & Dry Your Shoes

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your shoes are in desperate need of a refresh but you're unsure if you can toss them in the washing machine or tumble dryer? Whether it’s a pair of trainers muddied from a morning run or your favourite casual shoes stained after a weekend adventure, knowing how to properly wash and dry your shoes in a dryer can save you both time and money. 

Let’s walk through the steps to ensure your footwear comes out looking as good as new, without causing damage to your shoes or your appliances.

Step 1: Check the Care Label

Before anything else, make sure to check the care label on your shoes. This is your first port of call to determine whether they are suitable for machine washing and drying. Most modern trainers are designed to withstand a machine wash, but it’s less common for shoes to be dryer-safe. Materials like leather, suede, and certain synthetics might not fare well in the high heat of a dryer.

Step 2: Prepare Your Shoes

Once you’ve confirmed that your shoes can be washed and dried using machines, it’s time to prepare them. Remove any loose dirt by gently knocking the soles together, remove any stubborn stains with My Care Plus Protect Magic Cleaner. Then, take out the laces and insoles, if they're removable. Wash these separately or by hand to avoid tangling or damage during the cycle.

Step 3: Machine Wash

Place your shoes in a mesh laundry bag to prevent them from banging around in the washing machine, which can damage both your shoes and the appliance. Set your washer to a gentle cycle with cold water and use a mild detergent. Hot water can warp shoes and cause the glue that holds them together to melt or weaken. Alternatively, you can choose the Universal Shoes and Trainer Washing & Drying rack from My Care Plus Protect.

Step 4: Drying Your Shoes

When it comes to drying, if your shoes have care labels that permit dryer use, you can proceed with caution. A great option to try which minimises risk to both your shoes and your dryer is the Care+Protect Wash&Dry Shoes Rack. The shoe rack is extendable and can fit in most tumble dryers with ease, it also minimises the noise when your shoes are tumbling round in the dryer. 

Step 5: Air Drying as an Alternative

If you’re not sure about using a dryer, or if the care label advises against it, air drying is a safe and effective alternative. Position your shoes in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight, which can fade the colours. You can stuff the shoes with newspaper or a small towel to help them maintain their shape as they dry.

Tips for Success

  • Always double-check the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Consider adding some wool dryer balls to the dryer to help keep the shoes tumbling and ensure an even dry.
  • Check the progress periodically. Some shoes might dry faster and can be removed earlier to prevent over-drying.
  • To make your shoes smell even fresher, try adding laundry perfume to the washing machine during the wash cycle.

Washing and drying your shoes in a dryer can be a game-changer for busy individuals or those in need of a quick fix. However, it’s crucial to follow the correct procedures to ensure the longevity of your footwear. By purchasing a washer/dryer shoe rack, you can keep your shoes fresh and ready for your next adventure. 

What are the main benefits of using a shoe washing and drying rack?

  • Minimises noise during cycles, ensuring a quieter laundry experience;
  • Consistent for entire cleaning journey - from washing to drying;
  • Easy to store space-efficient design;
  • Flexible fit, modular and expandable feature;
  • Universal for all washing machines and tumble dryers.

How to use a Shoe & Trainer Washing/Drying Rack

  • Position your shoes in the designated slots on the rack.
  • Secure your shoes firmly to prevent them from moving during the wash or dry cycles.
  • Place the Shoe Rack into your washing machine or dryer.
  • After the cycle finishes, remove your shoes, now clean and refreshed, and enjoy!

Related Products

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.