I’ve been curious to know if I can wash shoes in a front load washer without ruining them or causing a racket in the machine.
I recently bought my daughter, Olivia, a pair of canvas shoes at Walmart that were clearanced. I hesitated to buy them, knowing how quickly they would be soiled and ready to be in line as her next pair of play shoes. But they were only a few dollars and I just bought a brand new front load washer that so far has proven itself to the highest. So I wondered if it could extend the life of these shoes, as well as my wallet.
A quick search on Pinterest brought me to an article titled Washing Shoes 101. Following their directions, which I will explain later in this post, I gave this tip a test- a Pin Test.
How to Wash Shoes in Front Load Washer Test
As you can see, these canvas shoes are pretty dirty. They are still in excellent shape- just too dingy to wear with any clean outfit.
Using a wipe, you should hand wash them to the best of your ability.
The article used what they called a flour sack towel that was a 36″ square. I don’t have a flour sack towel so I found some jersey cotton I had leftover from some other project, the color is similar to the shoes and its the best I got.
Take the shoelaces out of the shoes.
Place them, along with the laces, in one corner of the fabric with soles facing each other.
Wrap them in the towel, rolling in the fabric to the other end.
Take the two loose ends and tie them back over the shoes- securing them inside this handbag washing bag.
Put them in your front load washer.
Place on the shortest time setting and use cold water.
My washing machine has an express cycle which is only 15 minutes long and I adjusted the water temperature to cold. I wasn’t sure if this were a good idea, considering the express cycle is probably depending on the hot water to actually clean the shoes.
Regardless, it was what the instructions said to do- so I did it. Fifteen minutes later I return to the washer to find this:
Regardless if I should have used a different setting on the washer- the bag didn’t even hold up!! Then, just to top it off, the shoes were still just as dirty as before! I know the detergent is good, since I made it myself!
Considering the bag fell apart during a 15 minute cycle- I have deemed this a failed pin tip.
But I still have a pair of dirty shoes. So I decide to give it a second try.
This time I tie the bag tighter than before. In fact, since the ends were long enough, I actually tied it around the shoes and then back over into a double knot. I changed my front loader settings to a normal load using warm water. Additionally, I decide to pre-treat the shoes.
After a full hour here are the results:
The shoes were still wrapped in their cloth sack!! But they didn’t look much cleaner than they were when I put them in the washer.
On the Brighter Side
While these cloth canvas shoes didn’t get much cleaner, the bag if tied right does hold up. So, maybe with different shoes with different fabric- this could work.
I am still keeping this a Pin-Fail however, since the original posters shoes were cloth just like these.