How to Quickly Dry Your Shoes in 5 Minutes: A Simple Way

Favorite shoes can become wet for two reasons – after washing or walking in the rain. Drying them is not a problem, the main thing is to do it correctly, so as not to spoil your favorite pair.

How to easily dry shoes – the preparatory stage

It is important to understand that you need to dry your shoes immediately after washing them or when you get home (if you got your feet wet). The longer you procrastinate, the more likely it is that pathogenic bacteria will begin to multiply in wet shoes. Humidity and dampness can cause mold fungi to grow and leave streaks. Some shoes may even become deformed – stiffer or lose their attractive appearance.

Before drying shoes should be properly prepared, following the instructions:

  • Remove any remaining dirt, otherwise, it will dry out and cause stains that are difficult to remove;
  • Remove the insoles and laces.

After that, you must put the shoes to dry by putting them inside special plastic mold holders. If you do not have these, then insert the foam molds that usually come with shoes or replace them with crumpled newspapers.

How to dry your shoes after a wash or rain – some tips and tricks

To make sure your shoes dry quickly, without deforming or staining:

  • Avoid direct sunlight, otherwise, the color of the shoes can become faded;
  • Do not put the shoes on a radiator or a fire – excessive heat damages the material and provokes dehydration;
  • Make sure that the place where you dry your shoes has good air circulation.

You can also speed up the drying process of shoes if you use some tricks:

  • Place paper tissues, newspapers, or toilet paper inside the pair, changing them every 2-4 hours;
  • drape a towel along the edge of the shoe, and wrap the rest of the towel around the shoe-the cloth will quickly absorb the moisture;
  • use a quality shoe dryer.

If you’re wondering how to dry your sneakers after washing overnight, and you have an abundance of rice or cat litter at home, then pour one of these into a deep pan, place your shoes inside, cover, and leave them overnight. By morning, your shoes will be completely dry.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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