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Sanitize your sneakers from summer smells

Who doesn’t look forward to the summer months? There are so many things that can be done in the sun after a long winter of being stuck in the house. The amount of activities adults and children participate are more common in the warmer weather and playing hard, jogging, being involved in sporting games and just taking walks alone or with family members can really take a toll on your sneakers.

If your running shoes smell nice then no one will run from them!
Home and Living Examiner / Beverly Mucha

The more activities you do while wearing sneakers in the warm weather creates more summer smells that aren’t all that pleasant. Airing out your sneakers after using them is always recommended. Spraying them with a foot spray such as KIWI Fresh Force, a fabric restorer or air freshener like Lysol is also helpful. These are especially useful for sneakers that aren’t machine-washable but that isn’t all that you can do to help sanitize your sneakers.

Another suggestion is to check the pair of sneakers you have to see if there is a care label inside. Read it to see if this particular pair is machine-washable. If they are machine-washable it is best to spray them with a stain remover first and place them in the washer with some older towels that are typically used for cleaning. This will prevent the sneakers from being slammed into the sides of the washer which can cause some damage to the materials they are made of. Then launder as usual. It is also a good idea to remove the laces and place them in the washer with the sneakers so they too can be cleaned thoroughly too.

If the pair that you have is leather, has rubber trimming or states they are not machine-washable using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will work wonders on the spots of dirt on the outside of the sneakers. Then again non-gel toothpaste, preferably a white paste is also great for cleaning the outside panels of the sneakers as well as the underside of them. Just wet an old toothbrush and add a dab of toothpaste and gently rub the areas that are soiled. Wipe with a damp soft cloth to remove the excess paste.

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