What type of shoes can be put into the washing machine?

United States
August 9, 2007 6:04pm CST
For years I've heard that you should put a canvas tennis shoe into the dryer with a load of towels to help them dry faster. But lately, I've been wondering if it's possible to put tennis shoes or other type of natural material shoes into the washing machine to clean them. I haven't worked up the nerve to try this yet, cause I'm afraid that it might mess up my washing machine. During the rainy season, our little kid gets lots of dirt and mud on her shoes and it's almost impossible to clean off with a cloth. Has anyone ever tried putting tennis shoes into the washing machine? Or, do you think this could mess up the machine and make it stop working? Are there specific types of shoes, i.e. canvas or boat shoes that could be safely cleaned in a washing machine? Would appreciate some suggestions on cleaning tennis shoes if putting them into the washing machine is not a good idea. Thanks for the suggestions.