Wednesday, January 20, 2016

How to clean your muddy running shoes

I know, I know, running shoes are there to be used and to run on, but I also love my babies (especially the brightly coloured ones) so I try to keep them as clean as possible so they stay pretty forever. Some shoes just only look good when they remain in pristine condition, which is definitely the case with my neon pink & orange Nike Airmax 2014. I mostly wear these to the gym, but they're also great for running, since it feels like you're running on little clouds. SO I've had to find a way to clean them after muddy runs, and I thought I'd share my tricks today! 
How to clean muddy running shoes

Small disclaimer: I know these shoes don't look that muddy/dirty but I've wanted to share these tips for ages so I took these pics after my last run, which was a little bit muddy but not as bad as other times. These kicks have definitely gone through worse but always got out super clean! 

So what to do when your beloved sneakers got dirty during your run and they look like this (or worse):



How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes

How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes

There's a few easy steps which will make your kicks look brand new again (seriously I've had these shoes since 2014 and they still look super fresh because whenever they're dirty I clean them right away *obsessive*)


All you need is:

☆ a small sponge
☆ Oxi Action powder for coloured* clothes (like Vanish Oxi Action or own-brand like I used)
☆ running tap water

* It's important you use powder which is suitable for coloured clothes. if you use anything else, there might be bleach in it which will change the colour of your shoes, which is definitely not something you want!


How to clean muddy running shoes with Oxi Action powder

From muddy to clean in 5 easy steps:

1. Take your shoes to the sink and start by rinsing off the soles so most of the mud comes off. 


2. Now take the sponge (wet) and use it to rub off any additional mud from the soles which are usually the muddiest.


3. Rinse the sponge and squeeze it until it's only damp, not soaking wet. Sprinkle some of the Oxi powder on it (like in the picture below). Now simply rub the parts which are dirty/muddy until the stains have disappeared. If it's only mud, this should go quite easily. The little Oxi 'grains' acts as kind of a scrubbing agent, which makes the stains disappear in a flash. 


4. When you're happy with the result, carefully rinse off the surface of the shoes one last time and dry with a cloth/towel.


5. Leave your super clean sneakers to dry somewhere. Never put them directly on a hot source like a radiator or in a tumble dryer. This is really bad for the foam in the soles and the elastic parts of your shoes. Instead, put them near a warm source, like I put mine next to the AGA to dry for one night. Floor heating is also perfect! Leave them there until they're completely dry again.  



How to clean muddy running shoes

And now your shoes look like new again, I LOVE this! 



How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes

Some before and after shots (I wish my shoes would have been muddier before so you can see the difference better, but you'll have to trust me that the steps I explained can even save the muddiest shoes of them all)

How to clean muddy running shoes


How to clean muddy running shoes


I hope these tricks help you keep your (running) shoes clean. I have to give some credits to Annemerel, who gave me the idea of cleaning my shoes with Oxi Action, it's works like a dream! 

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