How to clean muddy trainers

Have you been out and got really muddy?

What do you do with your shoes when you get home? This is one of the most asked question in winter. How do I clean my shoes?

Here are some useful do’s and dont’s to keep them looking and feeling fresh:


  1. Try to clean them on the day you get back from your run (it only takes 5 minutes, promise!) before bacteria has had a chance to get comfortable
  2. Get a big bowl or basin and fill it with cool/sightly lukewarm water
  3. Use a tiny bit of washing up liquid
  4. Use a scrubbing brush/toothbrush to gently scrub off the mud
  5. Take out the insoles and clean them separately (these are probably safe in the washing machine)
  6. You can dunk your shoes in the water if they’re really dirty
  7. When they’re clean get some old newspaper, scrunch it up, and stuff a *few* pieces in the shoes to soak up the water
  8. After 12 hours, replace the newspaper with fresh pieces



  1. Do not put your trainers in the washing machine – this will melt the glue and alter the shape
  2. Do not use boiling hot water – same reason
  3. Do not use a shower head – same reason (I tried this once and the pressure was too hard and made a hole in my shoe!)
  4. Do not put your trainers on top of a radiator to dry – same reason (can you see a theme?)
  5. Do not put too much newspaper in the shoe as it will alter the shape