LIFE HACK: How to Clean Your Running Shoes

| Advice
(Photo: Reebok)

Going on a long run outside can do wonders for your health — but it’s not so great for the status of your shoes. Bad weather, grime, mud and rough concrete can do a number on your favorite high-quality (and probably pricey) running shoes, especially if you’re hitting the pavement on a daily basis. But a quick makeover can breathe new life into your old shoes so you can get the most miles out of your kicks without compromising your workouts.

What You’ll Need
Soft-bristle toothbrush
Large plastic bowl or container
Warm water
Laundry detergent
Two sponges or two washcloths

Now What?
1. First, remove the insoles from you shoes; set aside.
2. Remove all excess dirt from shoes using the toothbrush.
3. In a bowl, mix a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of laundry detergent.
4. Dip a sponge or washcloth into the mixture and then apply it to the shoe, cleaning any dirty areas on the entire outsole.
5. Using your second sponge or washcloth, simply wet it (no detergent) and use it to remove any excess detergent still left on the shoe.
6. Air dry your shoes at room temperature until completely dry.
7. Follow the same instructions for the insoles, then set them aside to air dry completely before replacing them in the shoes.

Hayley Simmons |

Hayley Simmons is a twenty-something writer, wife and new mama to her baby girl, Scout. A native Texan turned Nashvillian, she spends her time experimenting with healthy recipes -- then forcing her husband to eat them, finding new ways to not hate the gym and shopping for (an absurd amount of) baby clothes.