How to Clean Hokas? – Step-by-Step Guide for Maximum Longevity!

by Stephanie Yankova

The Hoka trainers are a favorite running shoe amongst both professionals and amateurs. They became hugely popular thanks to their big marshmallow-like sole that makes them an ideal choice for various kinds of training. However, just like any other shoe, they are not exempt from dirt, stains, and funky smells. Luckily, it’s not something you can’t get under control! Here’s how to clean Hokas and make them look brand new in no time!

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How to Clean Hokas?

As durable as your shoes may be, it’s important to clean them so they can maintain their durability and high performance. Today, we’re going to teach you the best way to give your beloved Hoka trainers some TLC:


  • detergent
  • clean toothbrush
  • water
  • sponge


Start by taking out the insoles of your Hokas (if they are removable). This will allow you to clean them more thoroughly and will also make it easier and quicker for them to dry.

  • Take the toothbrush and scrape off all the dirt both from the inside and the outside of the shoes.
  • In a small container, add some lukewarm water and 1/3 cup of detergent. Mix until you get a homogenous concoction.
  • Take the sponge and soak it in the solution, then wring it out so it’s still moist but not drenched. Gently start cleaning the upper part to remove scuff marks and dust.
  • If you can remove the insoles, soak them in the soapy solution for 5–10 minutes, then use the toothbrush to scrub them, wash them with water, and let them air dry.
  • Then, gently clean the outsoles and the midsoles using the toothbrush dipped in the solution. Be careful not to damage the cushion!
  • Once your Hokas are visibly spotless, allow them to air dry. Keep them away from direct sun and heat exposure, as this can damage the fabric of the shoes. If you’re worried about the trainers losing their shape, you can stuff them with plastic bags, paper towels, socks, or a newspaper.
  • To combat any unpleasant smell, you can sprinkle some baking soda both on the insoles and outsoles once the shoes are completely dry, and let it sit for a couple of hours.
  • If you want to avoid unpleasant stains in the future, it’s best to treat the surface of the Hokas with water and stain-repellent specifically designed for athletic shoes.

Note: Avoid machine washing at all costs, even if you have a specific setting for trainers! While it may be suitable for other shoes, Hoka’s cushioning and structure are easily damaged by heat, so it’s best to wash them by hand.

Read also: How to Clean White Rubber Soles? – 3 Simple Home Remedies for Box-Fresh Shoes!

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