How to Wash Tennis Shoes Without a Mesh Bag

Washing your tennis shoes without a mesh bag is possible and can be done without damaging your shoes. Here’s how to do it.


Washing your shoes without a mesh bag can be a challenge, but it is possible. Follow these steps to clean your shoes without damaging them.

1. Remove the laces and insoles from your shoes.

2. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent.

3. Swish the shoes around in the water to remove any dirt or grime.

4. Rinse the shoes thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of detergent.

5. Stuff the shoes with clean towels to absorb any moisture and help them retain their shape.

6. Allow the shoes to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

What You Will Need

Before you start, you will need a few things:
-A large basin or sink
-Mild laundry detergent
-A toothbrush (optional)

Step One: Prep Your Shoes

If your shoes are particularly dirty, you’ll want to give them a good scrub before tossing them in the wash. This will help loosen up any caked-on dirt or mud and make them easier to clean.

You can do this by hand with a brush or old toothbrush, or you can use a machine like the Shoe Cleaner.

Step Two: Soak Your Shoes

If your shoes are really muddy or dirty, you may want to soak them in a bucket or sink of cool water for about 10 minutes before washing. This will help loosen any caked-on dirt and mud, and make them easier to clean. Just be sure not to soak them for too long, as this can cause the shoes to shrink or the colors to bleed.

Step Three: Scrub Your Shoes

Now that your shoes are all wet, it’s time to start scrubbing. You want to get rid of all the dirt and grime that’s been building up on your shoes.

The best way to do this is to use a brush. A toothbrush works great for getting into all the nooks and crannies of your shoes. A nail brush or an old toothbrush also works well.

If you don’t have a brush, you can also use your hands. Just make sure you wash them thoroughly afterwards!

Once you’ve given your shoes a good scrub, it’s time to rinse them off.

Step Four: Rinse Your Shoes

Fill the tub with cold water and add a small amount of mild soap. Gently swish your shoes around in the water to remove any lingering dirt or debris. If you have any tough stains, you can scrub them with a soft bristled brush. Once your shoes are clean, rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove any soap residue.

Step Five: Dry Your Shoes

Once your shoes are clean, you’ll need to dry them. The best way to dry tennis shoes is to stuff them with newspaper and let them air dry overnight. This will help absorb any moisture and prevent mildew or bacteria from growing inside the shoe. You can also put your shoes in the dryer on a low setting, but be sure to remove the newspaper first.


If you don’t have a mesh bag, don’t worry. You can still wash your tennis shoes without one. Just be sure to follow the tips above and wash them by hand. With a little bit of care, you can keep your shoes looking and smelling great – no mesh bag necessary!

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