Are you washing your Toms, Keds or other canvas shoes on a regular basis? If you don’t wash your shoes because you are not sure how to wash Toms and other popular canvas shoes, don’t worry. It’s easy to wash canvas shoes. You can hand wash your shoes or run them through the washing machine. Just make sure that you don’t put your canvas shoes in the dryer. When Toms or other canvas shoes go through the dryer the soles can become misshapen and soft, even if you use the lowest dryer setting. If you’re not sure how to wash Toms and other canvas shoes use these tips from experts to make sure they get clean without damage:

Throw a towel in the washing machine but nothing else: Wash your shoes with a similarly colored towel. If the shoes are dark colored then use a dark color. If the shoes are light or white use a white towel. The towel will prevent the shoes from getting thrown around too much in the washing machine or damaging the washer. If you prefer, you can wash them in a lingerie bag or a zippered pillow protector bag. It doesn’t matter which type of padding you use, but make sure you always wash shoes with some type of padding item.

Use natural soap: It’s important to use a natural detergent when you are washing shoes. Chemicals in harsh soaps can ruin the fabric of the shoes, make colors run, or damage the soles of the shoes. Gentle natural soaps like Rockin' Green which are free of chemicals and fragrances, which get your shoes clean without damaging them. You can also add a half cup of white vinegar to the detergent that you use to deodorize the shoes. Just put the vinegar into the water in the washer after you have put in the soap, and let the shoes go through a normal clean cycle. The vinegar will kill bacteria that can cause shoes to smell bad.

Dry them naturally: Never put Toms or other canvas shoes in the dryer. Instead, to dry them you can hang up them up on a clothesline in the sun or put them on a drying rack. In order to make sure that they don’t lose their shape you can roll up hand towels and stuff them into the shoes to fill them out. Don’t use newspaper or other paper because inks and chemicals in the paper can run onto the shoes when they are wet.

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