Clean Running Shoes

How to clean running shoes.

Running outside can dirty up your shoes in a hurry. Although it’s easier to toss them in a washing machine, doing so in not recommended. Can you put shoes in the dryer? This is also not the best way to clean running shoes as doing so may very well cause them to melt!

It’s easier and more effective to keep it simple with these shoe cleaning tips:

  1. Remove the sock liner or insole.
  2. Optional step: remove your laces and wash with your running apparel.
  3. Remove the surface dirt with an old toothbrush or nail brush.
  4. Rinse your shoes with warm water and scrub with the brush and Head & Shoulders shampoo.
  5. Wash the insole with water and the shampoo.
  6. Rinse both the shoes and insoles with cool water.
  7. Blot your insoles and shoe dry with a dry towel.
  8. Leave the insoles out of the shoe to dry. Do not put shoes or insoles on a heating element (radiator) to speed the drying. Doing so can alter the shape of the shoe.
  9. Instead, stuff paper towel or newspaper inside your shoes to speed the rate of drying.

How to get rid of foot odor and stinky feet.

Clean running shoes make for better smelling feet! Head & Shoulders is a perfect shoe cleaner because it is designed to break up the bacteria that causes odor. It also works well for cleaning your running clothes while traveling on the road.

When to replace your running shoes?

Keeping your running shoes up to date can help reduce injuries down the road. A general rule of thumb of when to replace running shoes is every 350-500 miles. It varies based on the shoe, your running style and weight. Some running shoes last longer, while some need to be replaced more frequently.

It’s wise to save your running shoes for only your run workouts, and keep track of your mileage along the way within a log. It’s also helpful to write the date of purchase on the side of the sole to remind you when you purchase them.



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