Shoelaces often go unnoticed, but they play an important role in maintaining the overall look of your footwear. Over time, dirt and grime can accumulate on them, making even the most stylish trainers look worn out. There are two solutions to this problem: the first one is buying a new pair of shoelaces. The second one is quicker, easier and less expensive: cleaning them!

In this guide, we’ll show you how to clean shoelaces using three simple methods, so you can keep your trainers looking as good as new.


Method 1: Using the Washing Machine

Machine washing your shoelaces is fine, as long as your bear in mind some important precautions.

  1. Remove the Shoelaces: Start by unthreading the shoelaces from your trainers. You can use an old toothbrush to remove any stuck-on dirt.
  2. Place Them in a Mesh Laundry Bag: To prevent the laces from tangling or getting caught in the machine, place them in a mesh laundry bag.
  3. Choose the Right Cycle and Wash: Set your washing machine to a regular cycle and use a mild detergent. You can wash your shoelaces together with laundry of any colour.
  4. Drying: After washing, remove the laces from the mesh bag and hang them over a towel to air dry. Avoid using a dryer, as the heat can damage the material.


Method 2: Hand Washing

If you don’t have a mesh laundry bag or are worried about ruining your shoelaces, you can just wash them by hand.

  1. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution: Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of mild laundry detergent or dish soap. Stir the water to create suds.
  2. Soak the Laces: Place your shoelaces in the soapy water and let them soak for about 15-20 minutes. This helps loosen the dirt and grime.
  3. Scrub Gently: Using a soft brush or an old toothbrush, gently scrub the laces. Be careful not to scrub too hard, as this can fray the fabric or damage the aglets.
  4. Rinse and Dry: Refill your bowl with fresh water and rinse the laces to remove all soap residue. Hang them over a towel and let them air dry completely.


Method 3: Using a Water and Bleach Solution (White Shoelaces Only)

For tough stains that require a cleaning solution stronger than dish soap or detergent, you can hand wash your shoelaces using bleach. Keep in mind that you should resort to bleach only if you’re cleaning white laces.

  1. Mix the Solution: In a well-ventilated area, mix 3 tablespoons of bleach with 4 litres of water. You can also add a small amount of soap or laundry detergent. Ensure you wear gloves to protect your hands from the bleach.
  2. Soak the Laces: Place your white shoelaces in the solution and let them soak for no more than five minutes. Be cautious not to leave them in for too long, as bleach can weaken the fabric.
  3. Rinse Thoroughly: Remove the laces from the bleach solution and rinse them under cold water until all the bleach is washed out.
  4. Air Dry: Hang the shoelaces over a towel and let them air dry completely.


Remember, clean shoelaces can make your Finily trainers look just as great as the day you bought them. Visit our online store today to explore our range of comfortable and affordable trainers. Happy cleaning!