How To Wash Your Electric Heated Socks

Electric heated socks are a winter blessing, providing warmth and comfort in chilly weather. However, proper care and maintenance are crucial to ensure their longevity and optimal performance.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps on how to wash electric heated socks effectively, keeping them functional and clean for many winters to come.

Avoid machine washing!

  • Always aim to avoid machine washing
  • Hand-wash your socks carefully to ensure no damage to wiring and electric components

We heard from plenty of customers who put their heated socks in the washing machine and end up ruining them. Never wash your electric heated socks in a washing machine!

Most heated socks are fairly durable, but a machine wash can easily ruin them. Even if manufacturer’s instructions say you can machine wash your electric socks, it’s always advisable to wash them manually.

Instead of machine washing, you should to hand-wash your electric socks carefully to make sure the wiring doesn’t get damaged in any way.¬† Rinse them slowly, and wring them tightly, but not too much as to damage anything.

Dry them naturally

  • Lay your socks flat and don’t hang them
  • Avoid putting them near heat sources, or even in direct sunlight

Drying your electric socks should be done by simply laying them out flat on a towel or drying rack. Avoid hanging them if possible!

Using a clothes dryer machine is not advisable either. High heat can damage the fabric and heating elements inside the socks.

If you need to dry your electric socks quickly, try using a fan or a low-temperature setting on your hair dryer. This will speed up the drying process but won’t cause any damage.

Another quick-drying trick you can use is to place the socks on a towel. Towels are excellent at absorbing moisture and will ensure your socks get dry faster.

More washing tips

1. Read the manufacturer’s instructions

Before diving into the washing process, always check the manufacturer’s instructions for specific care guidelines. Different brands and models may have variations in materials and heating elements, and following their recommendations is the first step in maintaining your electric heated socks.

2. Remove the batteries

If your heated socks come with removable batteries, ensure they are taken out before washing. Submerging the batteries in water will 100% damage them and compromise their performance.

Even in case your socks are water-resistant, this typically doesn’t mean batteries can be exposed to water. Set the batteries aside in a safe, dry place during the washing process.

3. Use mild detergent

Choose a mild detergent that is free of additives or fabric softeners. Harsh chemicals can damage the fabric and affect the heating elements. A detergent designed for delicate fabrics is a safe choice.

4. Use low water temperature

Pay attention to the water temperature. Most electric heated socks can be washed in cold or lukewarm water. Hot water may cause the materials to degrade over time, impacting both the fabric and the heating elements.

5. Gentle cycle for machine washing

If machine washing is permitted, select the gentle cycle. This will reduce the strain on the fabric, and help maintain the integrity of the heating elements.

Avoid using bleach, as it can be harsh on the materials.

Place the socks in a mesh laundry bag for added protection.

7. Rinse carefully but thoroughly

After washing, ensure you rinse the socks thoroughly to remove any detergent residue. Residual detergent can irritate the skin and potentially damage the fabric.

Always avoid excessive twisting or wringing. Don’t forget there are wires inside your socks, and these can get damaged easily.

Getting rid of the smell

Those of us with chronically cold feet typically don’t have a problem with smelly feet. But, it’s always a good idea to consider some tips and tricks on how to get rid of socks’ smell.

Here’s what we (and others!) recommend:

  1. Choose moisture-wicking fabrics
  2. Rotate your socks
  3. Wash your feet thoroughly
  4. Choose breathable shoes
  5. Use antifungal foot powder
  6. Sun-dry your socks
  7. Spray with odor neutralizer
  8. Insert dryer sheets in footwear

Our How to get rid of bad sock smell article has more information and tips on this!

Another common trick we frequently tell our customers is to use thin regular socks underneath electric ones. These normal socks will absorb most of the moisture, bacteria and smell, ensuring your electric socks can be used for longer without having to wash them as often.

A thin sock layer underneath electric ones will not only help with the smell, but also ensure better heat distribution and comfort.

Storing socks during summer

Once your electric heated socks are dry, store them properly. To store them safely for the next season, roll or fold them neatly and gently, and keep them in a cool, dry place.

Avoid exposing socks to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Also, always¬†ironing electric socks. Extreme heat produced by a clothes iron can damage the socks’ wiring.


Most electric socks aren’t very delicate, but taking good care of them will make sure they don’t get ruined quickly. Electric heated socks are not as easily replaced like regular socks are, which is why it’s important to ensure they last as long as possible.

By following these simple yet essential steps, you can ensure your electric heated socks stay clean, cozy, and ready to keep your feet warm during the coldest days of winter.