After a Strong Viking obstacle run, two things are guaranteed: You've had a fantastic day and you're covered in mud. And the last thing on your mind when you get home is doing your laundry (Hello, adrenaline!). But there comes a point where you need to get that mud out of your clothes... Fortunately, we've put together a simple guide to help you get rid of that stubborn mud and stains from your clothes.

Step by step guide to washing your sportswear

You're completely covered in mud, you've sweated a lot, and you look and smell like a true Viking. Well done! But now it's time to wash your sportswear. It may not be the most enjoyable task, but if you take good care of your obstacle run sportswear, you can enjoy it for a long time. Never throw your muddy clothes directly into the washing machine when you get home! Mud residues can get into the washing machine's filter, which can cause blockages or even permanent damage.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to effectively remove mud from your clothing.

  1. Let the mud dry: When you return home after the run, allow the mud on your clothing to dry. This may take some time, but dry mud is easier to remove than wet mud. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the clothing while the mud is still wet, as this can push the stains deeper into the fabric.
  2. Shake out the clothing: Once the mud has dried, gently shake the clothing to loosen excess mud. This helps prevent your washing machine from bearing a grudge against you and prolongs its lifespan. 😉
  3. Rinse the clothing: Rinse the clothing under cold running water. This helps to wash away the remaining mud before you start washing the sportswear.
  4. Pre-treatment: Apply a stain remover or mild detergent to the mud stains. Make sure to use a product that is suitable for the fabric of your sportswear. Let the detergent soak in according to the instructions on the packaging.
  5. Washing: Wash the sportswear as usual in the washing machine to remove the remaining mud from your clothing. Use an appropriate detergent and set the machine to the correct temperature and wash cycle according to the clothing's care label.
  6. Repeat if necessary: After washing, check to see if all the mud has been removed from your clothing. If there are still stains, repeat the pre-treatment and wash the clothing again. Tip: Try using green soap!
  7. Drying: Dry the clothing as usual. If you're using a dryer, make sure to check if all mud stains are gone before putting the clothing in. If there are still stains present, avoid using the dryer as heat can set the stains!
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Removing mud from your clothing after an obstacle run

How to clean muddy shoes

You've just bought some beautiful obstacle run shoes, and now they're completely covered in mud! Fortunately, all is not lost, and you can also clean your shoes. However, this process is a bit different from removing mud from your clothing. Luckily, we've also prepared a handy step-by-step plan for cleaning your shoes!


  1. Rinsing after the run: During most obstacle runs, it's possible to rinse your shoes right away. Always use cold water for rinsing and washing to prevent the glue from loosening or damaging the material!
  2. Allow the mud on the shoes to dry: Try to let the mud on your shoes dry first. When it dries, it becomes easier to remove and prevents spreading it further.
  3. Shake out the shoes: Once the mud is dry, shake the shoes against each other to loosen most of the mud. Don't worry if a whole sandbox comes out; your shoes really take a beating during an obstacle run!
  4. Brush away the remaining mud: Use a soft brush or an old toothbrush to gently brush away the remaining mud. Try to remove as much as possible. If there's no loose dried mud left, proceed to step 4!
  5. Clean with water and soap: If there's still mud on the shoes, rinse them under running water and use mild soap (such as ox gall soap: sounds gross – works fantastic!) to remove the remaining traces. Use a cloth or brush to treat stubborn stains.
  6. Let the shoes dry: After removing the mud, let the shoes dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid using a hairdryer, placing them on a heater, or exposing them to direct sunlight, as this can damage the materials of the shoes! To prevent shrinking, you can insert newspapers into your shoes.

Note: Never wash your shoes in the washing machine! The heat could cause the glue to come loose. Are you stubborn and still want to use the washing machine? Then wash the shoes with a cold cycle and do not use detergent.


All the mud gone from your clothes? Plan your next obstacle run!

Is your sportswear clean again? Are your shoes ready to be used? Has your muscle pain subsided quite a bit? Then it's time to train for the next obstacle run! Check out the Strong Viking obstacle run calendar and secure your spot today! Which Strong Viking edition will you choose?