How to Wash Volleyball Shoes

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If volleyball shoes get dirty or damaged, you might replace them immediately. That’s why you need to know how to properly take care of your volleyball shoes. In this article, we’ll teach you how to wash volleyball shoes so they look clean and new.  

How to Wash Volleyball Shoes

Getting your volleyball shoes clean also keeps the traction on the outsoles free from dirt. In a way, it also affects the effectiveness of your volleyball shoes. Here’s how you can wash your volleyball shoes effectively. 

Players trying to block the ball

Removing the Smell Before Cleaning

First, you need to dry your volleyball shoes. Remove any moisture in your shoes by drying them under the sun. You can remove the shoestring and stretch out the tongue to allow better airflow and drying inside the volleyball shoes. 

Dry your volleyball shoes in direct sunlight to remove smell

Soak 2 old cloth or socks with baking soda. Place them inside the volleyball shoes. Let the cloth soaked with baking soda sit overnight. This removes the odor on your volleyball shoes as baking soda absorbs the odors.

You can also just sprinkle baking soda inside your shoes and let it sit overnight. Afterward, you have to remove the baking soda by shaking them off. This might be a tedious task that’s why step 2 is often preferred. 

Place a cloth soaked with baking soda inside your volleyball shoes to remove smell

Replacing insoles in volleyball shoes keeps the base consistent. Insoles usually get worn out and dirty first. Some people even use extra insoles every game just to keep their volleyball shoes clean.

To remove the smell from your volleyball shoes, make sure to replace your insoles regularly

Washing Volleyball Shoes

After removing the odor on the inside of your volleyball shoes, use an old toothbrush to clean the exterior of your shoes. Rubbing the toothbrush with detergent helps cleaning your volleyball shoes a lot easier. 

Wash your volleyball shoes by brushing the body and soles properly

Wipe your shoes with a clean cloth after brushing it with a toothbrush. You can apply a small amount of water to help rinse off the detergent on your volleyball shoes. 

Place a fabric softener sheet inside your volleyball shoes and let it sit overnight. This will help make your volleyball shoes smell good.

Place a fabric softener sheet inside your volleyball shoes and let it sit overnight

You should avoid getting your volleyball shoes dirty in the first place. If you can, you should only use your volleyball shoes for volleyball games and practice. Always have a spare cloth or tissue paper to wipe your volleyball shoes with before and after a volleyball game. 

Whitening the White Areas

The best method for cleaning white areas in volleyball shoes would be with the use of white toothpaste. You should do this after rinsing off the detergent on your volleyball shoes.  

All you need is white toothpaste and a toothbrush or brush. 

Volleyball players resting on the floor
  1. Wipe the white areas on your volleyball shoes with an old cloth to remove visible dirt. 
  2. Apply white toothpaste to the white areas. Don’t leave any area behind. 
  3. Let the white toothpaste sit on the volleyball shoes for at least 6 hours to dry. 
  4. Once the white toothpaste dries on the volleyball shoes, use a toothbrush or brush to scrub off the existing stains and dried white toothpaste.
  5. Rinse off the volleyball shoes with water. Only use a small amount of water. 
  6. Wipe off your volleyball shoes using a clean towel.
  7. Let your volleyball shoes dry for at least 24 hours. 

White spots require a lot more of scrubbing as the stains are fairly visible on your shoes. You should place extra care when you use them and never expose them to a dirty environment or you’ll be having a hard time cleaning them. 

What Should I Remember Before Washing Volleyball Shoes?

Use a gentle brushWash them with hot water
Remove the excess water after washingLeave them under the sun for too long
Replace the insoles if they are too damagedUse tough tools that could damage the materials

Before you attempt to wash your volleyball shoes, here are some things that you need to take note of.

  • Always take out the shoelaces from your volleyball shoes before washing and wash them separately. 
  • Remove the insoles if possible and clean them individually or replace them if they are in bad shape.
  • Remove excess dirt with a dry towel or use a dry brush to scrape off dry dirt if your volleyball shoes were exposed to mud. 
  • Make sure to remove the excess water on your volleyball shoes with a dry towel and let it dry for at least a day. 

How Do You Wash Nike Volleyball Shoes?

You can clean Nike volleyball shoes the same way as mentioned earlier. You won’t notice much of a difference in volleyball shoes like Adidas, Mizuno and Asics when it comes to cleaning. While some volleyball shoes can withstand machine wash, if they are fairly new try not to machine wash them. 

Using the laundromat to wash volleyball shoes

While you can even have Nike water-resistant volleyball shoes, they’re extremely expensive. You also don’t need to have your volleyball shoe water-resistant if you are playing mostly indoors

Make sure you don’t use too much force when washing Nike volleyball shoes. Most Nike volleyball shoes use soft materials and you could cause some tearing if you use too much scrubbing action. 

Can You Wash Volleyball Shoes in the Washer?

While you can wash your volleyball shoes in the washer, most shoe companies don’t recommend doing it. Washing your volleyball shoes in the washer leads to tears in your volleyball shoes. Washing your volleyball shoes frequently using the washer will drastically reduce its lifespan. 

You should only wash your volleyball shoes in the washer if:

  • You are out of options
  • You are okay with damaging your volleyball shoes
  • Your volleyball shoes are old and you don’t care if it gets damaged
  • You can buy a new pair of volleyball shoes

Overall, the risks of washing your volleyball shoes far outweigh the benefit you gain from doing it. However, some volleyball shoes don’t have a problem when placed in the washer. Make sure you check the volleyball shoes if they are machine washable.

Related Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about washing volleyball shoes.

How Do I Make My Volleyball Shoes Not Smell?

If your shoes have started to smell bad, you can use baking soda to get rid of the odor. To do this, you can mix baking soda with water, spray it inside your shoe and leave it overnight.

Also, you can put a couple of green tea bags inside the shoe. This will absorb all the moisture that has been produced.

How Do You Deodorize Shoes That Cannot Be Washed?

If your shoes cannot be washed in any way, you can sanitize them by combining vinegar, baking soda, and water. This will kill any bacteria that may be inside your shoe, preventing funguses and other related infections.

To do this, mix the ingredients and spray them inside the shoe. Then, be sure to leave the shoes in a dry place at room temperature. Do not leave your shoes under the sun for too long, this could damage their materials, especially if it is leather.

What Mode Should I Wash My Shoes in the Washer?

To clean your volleyball shoes, always use the gentle cycle in the washing machine. To prevent any damage, add things such as a thick towel, or some bed covers.

Also, make sure the insoles and laces are removed before placing them inside. Lastly, never use hot water as it could damage your shoes. Use cool or warm water instead.


That’s all you need to know about washing volleyball shoes. Make sure you have all the necessary materials before you start washing your volleyball shoes. Never ever machine wash your volleyball shoes unless you have no other choices left. 

Tim Frechette is an avid athlete, having played sports like soccer and basketball his entire life. He brings a wealth of athletic knowledge to his writing.