How To Clean White Sneakers

Introduction

White sneakers look awesome, but they are high maintenance. Once they’re out of the box, it’s often difficult to keep them looking pristine and fresh all day long.

Luckily, there are some home remedies you can use to get your white shoes or shoelaces back to their best. It’s a challenge, but it's worth fighting for!

Lets start with how to clean white shoelaces. In some cases, there’s just no going back. The dye has already been cast. But that doesn’t mean you can't freshen up your white shoeslaces.

Many people’s go-to solution is bleach. Does it work? In short, yes, but you must dilute it. The recommended amount is one part bleach for every five parts water. Any more risks turning your white shoes or shoelaces yellow.

How to clean white shoes or white shoelaces with bleach

You’ll need bleach, a container, warm water, a toothbrush and a soft cloth.

  • Mix one part bleach for every five parts water (make sure the room is well ventilated).
  • Dip the toothbrush in the solution and scrub gently.
  • Rinse with warm water when finished and leave to dry.
  • Finally, use a damp towel to wipe down the shoe; repeat the process if necessary.

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New shoelaces can help create a new, clean look for your shoes. Different colours and styles can also give you more outfit ideas than if you stuck with your original shoelaces.

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How to clean white sneakers with baking soda

Baking soda is another popular tool in your arsenal. It’s effective and doesn’t pose as big of a risk to your shoes as bleach.

You’ll need white vinegar, baking soda, a container, warm water, a toothbrush and a soft cloth.

  • Mix a tablespoon of warm water, a tablespoon of white vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda until it reaches a paste-like consistency.
  • Use an old toothbrush to work the mixture onto the dirty areas (circular motions work best).
  • Leave outside in warm, bright sunlight until dry.
  • Once dry, clap the shoes together to remove the baking soda - you may need to use a shoe brush to remove some of the dry baking soda.
  • Finally, use a damp towel to wipe down the shoe; repeat the process if necessary.

How to clean white shoes with liquid dish soap

You’ll need liquid dish soap, sponge or shoe eraser, a container, warm water, a toothbrush and a soft cloth.

  • Use a dry toothbrush to brush off any loose dirt.
  • Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap into a cup of warm water.
  • Dip the toothbrush into the soapy water and gently scrub all over the shoes.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe off the shoes.
  • Remove any scuffs or stains using a sponge or shoe eraser. repeat the process if necessary.

When you're finished cleaning your shoes, fill them with paper towels to absorb any moisture. Make sure they're completely dry before wearing.

How To Clean White Sneakers

Conclusion

Prevention is key. Spray your white shoes with a spray-on stain-and-water repellent before even putting them on for the first time. Repeat this process every few weeks to ensure that they are protected whatever the weather.

Spot-cleaning is also a must. While it may be tedious, it gives a huge helping hand keeping your shoes looking fresh!

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