How to Wash Sneakers in a Front Load Washer

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 towels

  • Clothes detergent

  • Spray stain remover


Many sneakers shrink considerably when dried in a clothes dryer.

Many sneakers can be washed in a front-load washer if care is taken to protect against shrinkage and unnecessary wear during the wash cycle. Check the label of the sneaker, inside the tongue or along the inside edge, to verify that the sneakers are washable.


Step 1

Remove the shoestrings from the sneakers and place them in a lingerie bag or tie them into a sock. Spray them with stain remover if necessary. Place them in the washing machine.

Step 2

Place the sneakers and two towels inside the front-load washer. Add the amount of detergent you normally would use for a small load. Select the smallest load option on the front-load washer.


Step 3

Se the water temperature to cold and start the washer. Wait for the entire cycle to be completed.

Step 4

Remove the sneakers and allow them to air-dry. Hang the shoestrings and allow them to air-dry.


Louise Harding

Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.