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What's the best way to clean my off-road running shoes after a muddy run? I've heard of some people using the washing machine?

You should never put running shoes in the washing machine, even off-road running shoes. While this may be okay to do once or twice, repeated cycles through the washing machine will break down the materials in your shoes over time. This will noticeably reduce the usable lifetime of your running shoes.

Instead, take an old tooth brush and lightly brush the shoes with some lukewarm water, and you'll find that you are able to remove the vast majority of the mud. After cleaning, it's important to let your shoes air dry. If they're particularly wet, you can stuff some newspaper inside them to absorb some of the excess moisture.

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