How to Wash My New Balance Sneakers

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Dirty sneakers in deperate need of washing.

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. was founded in 1906, and has been known for its superior shoe quality ever since. The company manufactures all types of athletic footwear, including running, basketball, hiking and cross-training shoes. Whether you are an avid runner, suffer from painful foot conditions or just spend a lot of time on your feet, chances are you are familiar with the company, which originally specialized in arch supports and orthopedic shoes. The company does not recommend putting your shoes in the washing machine, but you can still get your sneakers looking and smelling like new.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 old socks

  • Kitty litter

  • Old toothbrush or other soft-bristled brush

  • Large spoon

  • 5-gallon bucket

  • 2 cups baking soda

Step 1

Fill the socks with kitty litter. Don't overfill the socks; you should be able to tie a knot at the end of the sock after putting the kitty litter inside. Place one sock inside each of your New Balance shoes. This will help absorb odors in your shoe. Leave for 12 hours.

Step 2

Remove the socks from the shoes, and shake any excess kitty litter out of your shoes.

Step 3

Fill the 5-gallon bucket halfway with warm water. Add 2 cups baking soda. Mix well using a large spoon.

Step 4

Remove the laces and places both shoes in the water. Scrub the shoes with a toothbrush, inside as well as outside. After you are finished scrubbing, soak the shoes in the water for another 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 5

Remove shoes and allow them to air dry for 24 hours before wearing them.


Never put your New Balance shoes in the washer or dryer.