June 7th, 2005

DWeb's guide to cleaning shoes

Today I was running out the door chasing the dog. The dog saw a person walking on the street and ran up to see her. I managed to get a hold on the dog and bring her home, but on the way back, theres this mini slope. Of course I'm bringing dog back inside and didn't think of this and get my sneakers covered in mud as there is a big ditch at the bottom. :(

So here's my instructions on washing shoes:

- First toss them in the washing machine on a low water level setting. Add in a bit of laundry detergent to help get the stink and mud out.
- Next take them out and stuff them with newspaper. Don't let the chunks of newspaper be too thick or it will not absorb as well. Leave newspaper in both shoes for 30-45 minutes.
- Now its time to let them air dry. The best approach is to put a fan in front of them. The more power the faster they dry. Right where I live right now, its the middle of a heat wave. So I realized the big air conditioning fan and motor outside is going around 24/7 and with huge amounts of hot air. If you take the latter approach, the shoes are usually dry with 1.5-2 hours, especially since it runs at least 10000 rpm. Otherwise the in house approach may take 4-6 hours. Also note that the air blown out from under your refrigerator is also good.

So in under 3 hours you can have your shoes squeaky clean with a nice smell, and be dry.