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Sneakers. Tennis shoes. Kicks. No matter what term you use, we’re all familiar with shoes and the fact they wear easily and are impossible to keep clean, especially if little boys are wearing them around. If you have old dingy shoes, before you go out and buy new ones, save yourself some money and try washing them in the dishwasher. Yes, the dishwasher.
Growing up, my family always washed them in the washing machine. I now use the dishwasher because I don’t like hearing the loud clunking of the shoes rolling around in the spin cycle.
To wash your shoes in the dishwasher, first check the shoes for any areas that need to be pre-scrubbed such as the soles or stained areas. Use an old toothbrush to get most of the stain removed and if you need to, put a little dishwasher detergent on the bristles. Put shoes on the bottom rack and if you want, remove the shoelaces (I don’t always do this because it takes a bit of time). Add dishwasher detergent to the machine and set the cycle to normal but make sure to turn off the heat dry cycle (if you forget to do this it could cause your shoes to shrink). Once the cycle is complete, remove the shoes and set in front of a fan or outside if it is hot out. Warning– shoes take a long time to dry so allow them to dry overnight before wearing them.
Your shoes should be nice and clean when they come out. This method will also help reduce foot odor that has invaded and camped out in your shoes.
Try washing toys in the dishwasher too!