How to Clean Brooks Ghost 14 Shoes – 5 Easy Steps

The Brooks Ghost 14 is a popular neutral running shoe known for its soft and springy ride. After logging miles on dirty roads and trails, it’s important to clean your Ghost 14 shoes regularly to remove debris, bacteria, and dirt that can break down the materials prematurely.

By following these 5 easy steps, you’ll be able to get your Brooks Ghost 14 shoes looking fresh and ready for more miles.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Mild dish soap
  • Washcloth
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Old towel
  • Paper towels
  • Large sealable plastic bag

5 steps to Clean Brooks Ghost 14 Shoes

Step 1: Remove Laces and Insoles

Start by removing the laces and insoles from your shoes. This allows you to clean the tongue and inside of the shoes more effectively. Set them aside to be cleaned separately later.

Step 2: Rinse Off Excess Dirt

Rinse your Ghost 14 shoes under warm running water to remove any clumps of mud or large pieces of debris. Aim the water under the insole and into any crevices to flush out dirt.

Step 3: Make a Soapy Solution

In your bucket or sink, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Using a soft bristle brush, dip the brush in the soapy solution and gently scrub the mesh upper, rubber sole, foam midsole and any visible stains.

Take your old toothbrush and gently scrub the crevices and grooves that are hard to reach with the brush. This helps break up trapped dirt and salt stains.

Step 4: Rinse Shoes Thoroughly

Once you’ve scrubbed the entire exterior, rinse the soapy solution off your shoes thoroughly with running water. Make sure to rinse from all angles to remove all soap residue that can break down shoe materials.

Stuff your shoes with a towel to help them dry faster and hold their shape as they dry.

Step 5: Clean Laces and Insoles

Once the shoes are rinsed, use the soapy water and brush to scrub debris off your shoelaces. For the insoles, mix a small amount of gentle laundry detergent with water in a bucket and scrub each side. Let them air dry completely before placing them back in your shoes.

And that’s it! After air drying completely, your Ghost 14 shoes will be revived and ready to log more miles. Make shoe cleaning a regular habit to extend their life.

Things to Avoid When Cleaning Brooks Ghost 14 Shoes:

  • No harsh chemicals or bleach – They can damage the mesh and materials
  • Avoid putting shoes in the washing machine or dryer – Only air dry
  • Don’t use very hot water – Let soak in lukewarm or cool water
  • Don’t scrub aggressively – Light scrubbing with brushes is best
  • Don’t use soap with strong fragrance – Opt for mild dish soap
  • Don’t soak too long – Clean gently and rinse thoroughly


Regular cleaning keeps your Ghost 14 shoes in top condition. By following these simple tips, you can safely clean your shoes without damage. Always allow your shoes to completely dry before wearing them again. Keeping your running shoes fresh means more comfortable miles ahead.

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