Introduction: Have you ever wondered why your pair of tennis shoes always seem to be the easiest to get dirty? This is not the universe conspiring against you and your footwear. There is a very simple reason for that. They may be made of mesh. Mesh shoes are famous for being able to absorb almost everything that they come into contact with, making them difficult to clean. Luckily, with a bit of care, if you follow the right measures, you can keep them clear of dirt and even give them a good, thorough clean in the washing machine!


Things You’ll Need:

  • Dish detergent
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Disinfectant cleaning wipes

STEP 1: 

Make a mixture of 4.9 mL (1 teaspoon) of dish detergent and warm water. Pour warm water into a bowl and apply your dish detergent. Do not pour water more than halfway into the bowl so you can allow yourself space to dip the rag. With a spoon, gently stir the detergent in to ensure even consistency.

Without being too sticky or frothy, make sure the consistency of your cleaning solution is slightly soapy.

They can affect some types of materials and cause discoloration. They never use bleaching agents.

Also Read: How to Clean Leather Tennis Shoes


Take off the laces of your shoe and stuff it with a cloth. Find a clean, absorbent cloth and stuff it into the shoe after removing the laces of your shoe, which will absorb additional liquid that leaks during washing. It will also provide you with some resistance when you clean the shoe’s surface. For the highest absorbency, use microfiber clothing.

If you don’t have extra clothing, stuff your shoes with a paper towel.

If your laces are dirty, soak them in a separate mixture of dish soap and warm water. Scrub them clean with a soft-bristled brush afterward.


With a soft-bristled wipe, brush off the outer dirt on the foot. Go to a shoe shop and buy a soft-bristled shoe brush. Using quick, simple movements and a slight amount of pressure to hold the brush perpendicular to the shoe and brush away from the surface soil.

For an alternative, replace your shoe brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush.


With a soft cloth and a cleaning solution, wash your shoes. Into your cleaning mixture, dip a soft rag. Using circular movements, clean the surface of your shoes with the fabric while applying a slight amount of pressure. Dip your brush into the cleaning solution and scrub them clean for regions that need further scrubbing, such as embedded dirt and grass stains.

Periodically rinse the cloth in a bowl of clean, warm water to get rid of dirt.


Rinse your rag and again wipe the surface of the shoes. Then dip the cloth into your rinsing bucket and squeeze it out after washing your shoes with your detergent solution. Now, to clear any soapy residue, wipe the surface of the shoes again.

Make sure to squeeze your rag out once to get rid of any extra soap in the fabric over the cleaning solution.

STEP 6: 

Use disinfectant wipes to clean the midsoles of your shoes. The midsoles, are the bottom of your shoes and can withstand bleaching agents, unlike the top of your shoes. Buy some cleaning wipes for disinfectants from a home improvement store and scrub the bottoms clean. To stop touching the surface of the shoe with your wipes, apply a firm amount of pressure and take care.

On the surface of your shoes, never use cleaning wipes.

Use a piece of wet paper towel with 3 to 4 drops of bleach if you don’t have cleaning wipes.

STEP 7: 

Air-dry your shoes for 24 hours in a dry, cool spot. Find an indoor place in the shade, such as a shed or hayloft, or an outdoor spot. Avoid garages, as they don’t generally have enough ventilation, and never dry your shoes in the basement.

Unstuff your shoes and when they are finished drying, put the laces back on.

To increase airflow and minimize drying time, place an electric household fan in front of your shoes.



Things You’ll Need:

  • Sock
  • Pillowcase
  • Rags
  • Elastic band
  • Electric household fan

Also Read: How to Clean the Bottom of Sneakers


Take the laces out of the shoes and put them in a sock. Start by removing the laces from the holes nearest to your leg at the top of your shoe and work your way down to the tip. Stuff them into a sock after removing your laces, which helps you to clean them separately in the same load as your sneakers. Using a lace or elastic band, tie the end of the sock securely.


Twist the end and stuff your shoes into a pillowcase. Place all your shoes in a pillowcase, whichever size matches the load, and curl the end tightly to keep it shut. Afterward, depending on the size of the rubber band and the thickness of the twisted end, fasten the twisted end with a rubber band wrapped around it 2 times or more.


Place your shoes and laces with detergent in the washer. Put the pillowcase in the washer with your shoes and the sock with your laces. Afterward, stuff the remaining space with rags around the bags to keep the walls from touching the bags. Finally, pour in 1 full cup of your favorite detergent for washing.


Put the washing machine on “Delicate” and “Cold” mode, then proceed to wash your shoes. Turn the load size dial slightly before the “Medium” and press the “Cold” button. Now, in the “Delicate” setting, set the spin mode to “Normal” Double-check your setup and then turn on the washer and wait!

STEP 5: 

Remove the shoes from the pillowcase and the laces from the sock. Air-dry your shoes in a cool, dry location for 1 day. It is ideal to have indoor areas such as a hayloft or shed or outdoor locations that provide ample shade. Never store your shoes in a cellar and avoid garages, as they often do not have adequate airflow.

Place it in front of your shoes to minimize drying time and maximize airflow if you have an electric household fan.

When they are finished drying, tie the laces back onto your shoes.


There you have it. Two easy ways to keep your pair of mesh tennis shoes clean and fresh.

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