How To Clean Hoka Shoes (Step-By-Step Guide)

When it comes to hiking and running, no doubt Hoka shoes are the best. They are comfortable, easy to run with, and highly affordable. If you own a pair of Hoka shoes, it’s the best decision you have ever made. But the problem arises when it comes to cleaning them.

Many runners are afraid of ruining their favorite Hoka shoes by using the wrong cleaning method. However, according to us, cleaning Hoka shoes is quite easy, and there is nothing to worry about. But how? The answer lies in this guide, which will answer all your questions regarding how to clean Hoka shoes in detail.


  • Cleaning agent- we would recommend you to use a mild dishwashing liquid or a mild shampoo so you won’t damage or bleach your Hokas unknowingly.

  • Soft toothbrushes you don’t want to rip off your Hokas while cleaning them, so get a small brush, or an old toothbrush will do.

  • Bowl with water- you don’t require a big bowl full of water. A small bowl with 3-4 spoonfuls of water will be sufficient.

  • Towel or damp cloth- an old cotton towel or damp cloth will work fine, so don’t think much about it.
How To Clean Hoka Shoes

Step 1: Remove the debris

The first step is to clean off the excess debris from your shoes. You can perform this step outside your house to avoid making a mess in your house. However, make sure you have removed the insole and laces before this. Further, carry on with removing the excess mud and debris stuck on the soles and in between ridges using hose and paper towels. 

Step 2: clean them using a solution  

Once you are sure there is minimal mud and dirt on your shoes, take them to the sink. You will require a soft toothbrush for cleaning those thin ridges on the soles. Moreover, make a cleaning solution using a few drops of the cleaning agent with a bowl of water.

Use the toothbrush with the solution and scrub the excess mud off your shoes. Also, do not forget the insoles and laces of the shoes while scrubbing. Lastly, rinse them with water and check if there is any dirt residue.

For the insoles and laces: if you have a washing machine, you can toss these into it or clean them manually using the solution and toothbrush. 

Step 3: clean them again if required

If even after scrubbing and washing Hokas, you see some dirt and mud stuck, you need to scrub them again for a better result. Moreover, if you have to clean white Hoka shoes, you need some patience. On the other hand, if they are clean as new, wipe them using a damp cloth or a cotton towel.

This step is more crucial than it seems because you cannot let your Hokas soak in the water for a long time. It will make them age early. Therefore, make sure you wipe off the excess water. 

Step 4: let them dry  

If you want to wear your newly washed Hoka shoes within an hour, please don’t! Hoka shoes should be kept for air drying for at least 24 hours after washing.

Moreover, using a heater or hair dryer on your Hokas is a big no! As a dryer can damage your shoes. However, there is a trick: try stuffing some dry newspaper balls inside them for quick drying. 

Can you Machine Wash Your Hoka Shoes?

No, Hoka shoes are not for machine washing. If you do so, you will get clean Hoka shoes, but there is a high chance they won’t last long. Also, they might fall apart after a single wash. Hence, we advise you to avoid machine washing your Hoka shoes. However, you can still wash the insoles and shoelaces in your washing machine. 

How to Help Your Hoka Shoes Last Longer

There are a lot of proven ways to make your Hoka shoes last longer. But you might get confused. So, here are some of the best and easy ways to do so 

  • As said earlier in this guide, you cannot use your Hoka shoes while they are wet. If you do so, they might wear off or fall apart.
  • After each running session, remove your Hoka shoes and loosen their laces so the inner fabric can breathe.
  • Get a waterproof shoe spray. These sprays will surely help your Hoka shoes last longer. Moreover, you can use them on any footwear, so it’s a win-win situation.
  • Used by many sneakerheads, the baking soda hack is something you should do. Simply seal your shoes in a sealing bag with some baking soda and leave it for a day. It helps in removing all the foul odors from your shoes.


See, cleaning Hoka shoes is not a big deal. With some household items, you can easily do it. And that too, without damaging them. Hence, you should surely try the methods given above as they are tested and tried and won’t ruin your Hoka shoes.

Lastly, we hope that you now know how to clean Hoka shoes and can clean them without any further assistance. 

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