How to dry shoes in a dryer without noise or damage

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After washing a couple of pairs of tennis shoes recently, I discovered that getting them dry wasn’t as easy as just tossing them in the clothes dryer. Not only did they make a terrible racket as they bounced around inside the rotating drum, they also kept turning off the dryer by hitting the inside of the dryer door.

A little searching online revealed a very simple technique for drying shoes – without noise and without damaging the shoes or the dryer.

  1. Tie the shoestrings of a pair of shoes together into a loose knot.
  2. Close the dryer door with the shoes hanging on the inside and the knot on the outside.
  3. Run dryer on low heat until shoes are dry.

Doesn’t get much easier than that!

34 thoughts on “How to dry shoes in a dryer without noise or damage

  • February 23, 2010 at 8:29 am
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    ohhhhh… Good idea! I think one of our dryers actually came with a bag and our current dryer has a rack for drying, but it’s a PITA to put in.

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  • February 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm
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    I didn’t know you could put tennis shoes in the dryer! I thought they’d melt or something….does this work for all brands, or just Nike?

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  • February 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm
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    @ Ashley: I dried some Skechers, too, so I don’t think the brand matters. I did turn the temperature down a little, because I was worried about melting.

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  • February 24, 2010 at 2:21 am
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    Well, there’s always the Arizona approach:

    Wash. Set shoes outside for 2 minutes. Put them back on.

    It’s a dry heat, folks!

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  • December 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm
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    I just had one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moments :-)

    Wroks great, though I’d imagine living in Arizona makes things a whole lot less expensive on your electricity bill

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • April 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm
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    not sure if “hanging them” like that will work correctly… have not tried it, so im definately not knocking it, but nothing has worked as good as a comforter, or a couple of blankets with a towel or 2 in there, thats just my swag tho. good post!

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  • June 17, 2011 at 9:37 am
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    Perfect. I did this on low heat for 20-30 minutes and my shoes were completely dry. Thank you so much for the tip! :D

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  • July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm
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    This is great. Thanks, All this years and I never figured that out.

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  • August 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm
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    Good idea for the shoes! Even better for drying my vacuum filter so I don’t have to wait for days while it dries :D

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  • August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm
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    Just put the shoes in, and i have to say. NO NOISE! It sounds more quiet then a full load of clothes! lol Thank you! now i can wash my shoes without having to wait a week to dry!

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    • May 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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      Same I don’t hear anything!

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  • March 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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    Awesome! Thank u so much 4 this life saving tip.

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  • March 24, 2012 at 6:48 am
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    You should win a Nobel Prize!

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  • March 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm
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    omg. this is the best thing ever! i never would have thought of this haha. i just got done with a mud run and my shoes were soaked after i washed them off. when i lived at home we had some stupid tray thing that say in the dryer, but it was weird to use. thanks a lot! ^^

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  • April 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm
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    Tried with a pair of low top work boots, works just as well.

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  • May 5, 2012 at 8:23 am
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    thanks, brilliantly simple.

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  • May 11, 2012 at 10:52 am
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    That has got to be the greatest idea ever! Tried it and it worked great! No noise and no other issues! Thank you :)

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  • May 12, 2012 at 10:29 am
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    This is the best idea ever…..My hubby doesn’t have to wear slippers to the party!!lol

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  • August 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm
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    Now granted, I have a very old dryer that my husband keeps repairing (now approx. 33 years old!!), but doesn’t the weight of the shoes, plus the thickness of the shoe laces pull against the door, not letting it close correctly?

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    • August 21, 2012 at 8:05 am
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      Not in my experience. Just give it a try and see what happens. =)

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  • August 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm
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    What a brilliant idea! It’s running right now…

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  • September 14, 2012 at 12:06 am
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this info! I have to dry my son’s football cleats for a game tomorrow and I had no idea how I was going to do that… And to beat it all, I washed them last night and laid them out in the driveway today to dry in the hot Louisiana sun, and before I got home from work it rained… This solution is brilliant! I am listening to the sound of shoes not banging around in my dryer and it is heavenly!!!

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    • September 14, 2012 at 7:40 am
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      Glad it helped, Stacy! Thanks for the comment. =)

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  • September 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm
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    THANK YOU!!! This is such a brilliant idea, i don’t know why i didn’t think of it LOL!

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  • February 19, 2014 at 10:45 am
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    Yes, you can put them in the dryer. I put the sneakers in a pillowcase and knot it to keep it from unraveling. Works like a charm.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    If you hang them on the door, won’t they get ripped down by the protruding thing in the dryer that tosses the clothes around?

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    • July 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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      That shouldn’t be a problem unless the shoes are hanging below the bottom of the door.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 7:20 am
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    works great even with heavy boots. make sure the hang about the centre of the door or they will hit the dryer drum fins. Thanks :)

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  • January 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm
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    I put newspaper in them, then decided to look on the internet. I knew you could dry them in the dryer but the noise is crazy. My husband needs his softball shoes for Saturday so this is this best solution. Thank you.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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    Nice idea really does work you are a genius

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