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When it comes to creating a healthy running routine, sporting the right footwear is as important as actually setting out for those early morning jogs in the first place. But picking the right pair for you? Easier said than done. Once you pick that perfect pair of running shoes you want to keep them as clean as possible to ensure they last a long time. Running shoes are in constant contact with sweat, dirt and grime and have a tendency to stink.

Simple Solution

There are many simple solutions on how to keep your running shoes in their best conditions and smelling fresh. According to Livestrong.com Proper cleaning will not only make the shoes look newer, but also prolong their life. For quick and straightforward cleaning of your running shoes, you only need to use your washing machine.

Step 1
Wipe the outside of the shoes with a cloth. For convenience, Mom’s Budget suggests baby wipes. ASICS Sports says an old toothbrush will help get off stubborn dirt. Use an anti-grease soap on the outside of the shoe to clean grime.

Step 2
Remove the insoles, or liners, of the shoes if possible and wash them separately. You can leave the laces on or remove them and insert fresh ones.

Step 3
Place each shoe in a separate pillowcase. Knot the ends of the cases to secure the shoes inside.

Step 4
Set the shoes inside the washing machine and add laundry detergent as normal. Adjust the cycle on the machine to what you use for normal laundry.

Step 5
Cushion the inside of the washing machine tub with two bath towels. This will prevent the shoes from banging around during agitation. If you took out the liners, place them in the machine with the towels or hand-wash them separately. Turn on the washing machine and let it run.

Step 6
Remove the shoes from the machine once the cycle ends. If your shoes have a mesh surface, place them in the dryer on the gentle cycle.

Step 7
Stuff the inside of shoes, if not dryer safe, with newspaper or paper towels. According to ASICS, this will help absorb water from the inside and maintain the shape. Place the shoes and liners somewhere and allow them to air-dry. Once done, reinsert the liners into the shoes. Add new laces, if necessary.

Warnings
ASICS warns not to put shoes near a heat source, such as a radiator or vent while air drying. This may cause the shoes to lose their shape.

Tips
Verify that the shoes are machine washable before placing them into the units. If the manufacturer warns against machine washing, just wash the outside with a wet cloth and soap. Stuff the shoes with paper and let them air-dry.

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Best Solution

In addition to standard cleaning practices, buying running shoes that have an antimicrobial element built into the surface can provide a durable barrier to stain and odor causing bacteria. This technology is typically included during the manufacturing process and can be added to the finish of the running shoes providing bacteria-fighting surface protection around the clock. You would no longer have to deal with the stress and embarrassment that comes when taking off your running shoes after working out. Now you can add built-in odor control or antimicrobial technology into your running shoes and eliminate odors before they start.

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