How to Wash Waterproof Socks?

A complete washing guide

Written by Olivia Paxton. Updated on How to Wash Waterproof Socks

If you have waterproof socks, then you know very well how useful they can be. Especially if you go hiking often or you just like to go for long walks.

Unlike regular socks that become very uncomfortable and can often cause blisters if they are soaked with sweat, waterproof socks remain dry and comfy to wear.

However, some people wonder how to wash their waterproof socks correctly. And this is a good question since, if you wash them wrong, you can damage the material they are made of. As a result, your socks may even lose their waterproof ability!

In this article, e are going to explain to you how to wash waterproof socks correctly. You will learn two different washing methods so that you could choose which one to use depending on the situation.

Also, we will explain why it is so essential to wash this kind of socks correctly, following all the precautions and recommendations. With all the information we are going to share with you, maintaining waterproof socks will become very easy for you.

How Do You Wash Waterproof Socks?

If you need to wash your waterproof socks, you can choose one of the two washing methods available. Your socks can either be machine washed or washed by hand. The second option would be handy if you are camping, for example, and you simply can’t use a washing machine.

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Below, we will provide you with a detailed guide on each method so that you can see what exactly you need to do in order to wash your waterproof socks correctly without damaging the material they are made of.

How Do You Wash Waterproof Socks


Washing Waterproof Socks By Hand

You might think that, if you wash your waterproof socks by hand, it takes a lot of time and effort, but in fact, this is a very simple method.

The good thing about waterproof socks is that they don’t need vigorous washing or rubbing! You just need to follow a few easy steps:

  • Take a washing bowl and fill it with warm water with soapy water
  • Make sure that the water temperature is roughly 40° C / 104° F. The water should never be too hot that prevent damage!
  • You should use the washing-up liquid or hand wash to make it soapy
    Turn the sides of the socks and rub them very gently
    Clean it inside or outside the socks
  • Then leave your socks for drying

This is it. You are done washing them! There is, however, one more thing you should keep in mind when washing your waterproof socks by hand. First of all, you must avoid using bleach to clean them!

And second, do not press your socks before use. It will help you retain their shape and keep the socks safe and in a good state.

How to Wash Waterproof Socks In a Washing Machine?

There is a belief that waterproof socks can’t be washed in a washing machine. And basically, this restriction makes sense since your washing machine’s barrel may damage the membrane of the socks, thus lowering the quality of the product.

However, if you know what washing regime to use, you can safely clean your waterproof socks in a washer without worries!

There are only two things that should be taken into consideration: if you want to wash your waterproof socks in a washing machine, you have to use mild detergent and make sure that you are using a cold wash.

Below, you can find a detailed guide on how this could be done:

  • First of all, set the washing machine at a gentle and delicate cycle
  • The water temperature needs to be set at a cool or cold temperature
  • Your detergent needs to be mild
  • Add the amount of detergent that is mentioned on its packaging
  • Then add the socks it the machine without other clothes because the dyes of other items can damage the color of your socks
  • Start the washing cycle and wait for it to finish
  • Dry your socks by using the low heat or air dry setting. But the best way is to dry them without any heat at all!

Like this, now you have two alternative options of how your waterproof socks can be washed. Both are pretty easy and take little time.

So you only need to make sure that you follow all the recommendations precisely, and your socks will be safely and efficiently washed very quickly!

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How Can You Dry Waterproof Socks?

Drying these socks is very easy. There are two basic drying methods that one can opt for. You can simply hang them to dry or use a tumble dryer, previously setting it on low heat. Just make sure that you dry the socks for more than fifteen minutes.

However, in order to avoid any possible damage to the waterproof membrane, we recommend you let your socks drip dry naturally inside and then outside.

Try to hang socks separately, without other clothes, and remember to avoid drying them on a radiator or other direct heat source! When exposed to heat like that, the membrane of your socks may get damaged and lose some of its waterproof powers.

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Why Is It Not Recommended to Machine Wash Waterproof Socks?

We have already mentioned above that waterproof socks are not recommended to be placed into a washing machine for being cleaned. Have you ever wondered why is that? We wash tons of clothes regularly and nothing happens to them!

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Well, waterproof socks are not like other clothes. They have a special membrane that actually protects your feet from moisture. And if you wash your socks in a washing machine using the wrong washing settings, chances are high that they will come out of the barrel being ruined!

Here are the two major reasons why it is not recommended to wash this type of socks in washing machines:

  • Because the strong detergent may damage the waterproof lining of the socks that reduces their ability to resist water
  • The water of the washing machine can also damage the waterproof lining that can cause shrinkage of socks

This is why it is essential to use the correct washing cycle and detergent if you still need to wash your waterproof socks in a washing machine. Opt for a mild detergent and set your washing machine at a cold and delicate cycle, and your socks will be safe and sound.

By the way, if your washing machine has a setting used for washing wool, this one can also be used for washing waterproof socks!

And now we suggest you read on to find out why it is so important for the owners of such socks to wash and maintain them correctly.

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Why Is It Important to Wash Your Waterproof Socks Correctly?

When it comes to maintenance of your waterproof socks, the most essential thing is to look after your waterproof item properly. Improper treatment will reduce the quality of the product or even harm the socks! This is why you need to pay close attention to all the instructions.

Using the wrong washing method may lead to puncturing the membrane of the socks. As a result, it will cause the membrane to leak, therefore be careful. Because socks are not shoes, they should always be worn within your footwear.

Proper maintenance will significantly extend the product’s life.

Waterproof socks are basically great! Even though waterproof socks were initially designed for cyclists, they can be used in a variety of situations by anyone with damp feet. They can be used in such situations as:

  1. walking
  2. skiing
  3. golfing
  4. camping
  5. fishing
  6. running
  7. trekking
  8. snowshoeing
  9. hunting
  10. working in the rain

Waterproof socks could be the answer to your troubles if you have chilly, wet feet as well. They can protect you from the cold, hot, dry, and wet, as well as a variety of terrains including mud. If you’re at risk of exposure to a variety of weather situations, this is the ideal solution.

However, you need to keep in mind that they will serve you much longer and do much better if you take care of them properly! This is why proper washing is a must.

Well, now you know much more about waterproof socks, and not only about taking care of them. We told you what specifics this type of socks has that makes them different from regular socks we wear. Also, you are now aware of the nuances that require specific washing methods for this type of socks.

Now you know that you need to wash them either manually or in a washing machine on a cold and delicate cycle. In addition, we shared a few useful care tips with you (for example, you are now aware that waterproof socks can’t be ironed or bleached!).

With all these life hacks and tips, it will be much easier for you to keep your waterproof socks clean longer, thus extending their lifespan and preserving their waterproof ability.

Why Is It Important to Wash Your Waterproof Socks Correctly
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Frequently Asked Questions

⭐Can you wash waterproof socks with other clothes?

No, it is a bad idea to wash socks with other clothes because socks are smelly and they might transfer that odor to other iteems. Plus, dyes from others clothe can damage the socks.

⭐Can you iron waterproof socks?

Never use iron on your waterproof socks! It gives damage to the waterproof lining. More heat can be lost its ability.

⭐Should I wash the socks before wearing them when I purchase them?

Yes, it it recommended. The socks should be washed because they contains dyes and many chemicals that are used in its manufacturing. Those chemicals may cause irritation.

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