How to clean tennis shoes – Lil’ Duck makes a disaster of his shoes. I am very anti-white shoes, especially for him, so his shoes are dark blue, but they still need a washing now and then. Now, with his shoes, they are small enough that throwing them in the washer isn’t really a problem. With our shoes, I usually put them in a pillowcase or mesh bag, then put some towels in there too so they don’t bang up the sides of the washer.
If you do have white shoes (I think most of you do, judging from the shoe displays I see in the stores ;)), you can use that nifty little Clorox bleach pen to clean them right up. I use that thing for cleaning grout in my shower, it’s a beautiful thing.
As for drying them, you really shouldn’t put them in the dryer. Not that I haven’t done it (in a bag on low or no heat), but they could shrink, melt, destroy your dryer, etc. so I really don’t recommend it (so don’t call me if you ignore this and try it anyway ;)). Putting them on the floor at the foot of the fridge so that the fan dries them usually works (if you don’t have a little guy who takes off with your shoes and it isn’t 100 degrees and dripping with humidity in here….), same idea with putting them in front of an a/c vent or a regular fan.
Just don’t put them outside if it’s hot and humid (I’m thinking cold wouldn’t be good either ;))….. also check them for varmints if you do put them outside, I’d hate to try to clean the shoes if you squished something inside there, not to mention that is incredibly creepy!!