How to Wash Nike Tennis Shoes

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Nike has been a popular and trusted brand in tennis shoes since the early 1970s. Of course, tennis shoes get dirty and need to be cleaned. Washing Nike tennis shoes occasionally is necessary to preserve their appearance and prolong their life span. There is no need to go out and buy a new pair just because yours are dirty.


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Things You'll Need

  • Scrub brush

  • Non-ammonia dish soap

  • Bucket

  • Water

  • Chlorine bleach

  • Old toothbrush

  • Rags

  • Paper towels

  • White vinegar

Step 1

Remove as much loose dirt, mud and debris as possible. With a dry scrub brush, brush the sides, tops and bottoms of the shoes.

Step 2

Remove the laces from the shoes. If your Nike tennis shoes have sole inserts, pull them out.

Step 3

Place a few drops of non-ammonia dish soap in a bucket, and fill the bucket with warm water.

Step 4

Dip a scrub brush into the bucket of soapy water. Scrub the shoes with the scrub brush. Rinse out the brush often to avoid reapplying the dirt.


Step 5

Wipe off the soap residue with a wet rag. Wipe them down with a dry rag.

Step 6

Stuff paper towels inside of the shoes. This will help to preserve their shape while drying. Allow the shoes to air dry.

Step 7

Wash the shoe laces in the washing machine. If the laces are white, wash them with a load of white laundry and add ¼ cup of chlorine bleach to the load. Place the laces in the dryer or allow them to air dry.


Step 8

Clean the sole inserts with a rag slightly dampened with water. Avoid saturating the sole inserts with water. Wipe them down with a rag.

Step 9

Remove scuff marks from the shoes with white vinegar. Moisten a rag with vinegar and rub it over the scuff mark until it has lifted. Wipe down the shoe with a rag dampened with plain water.


Never mix bleach and ammonia or products containing these two ingredients. The results could be toxic.


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