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Here’s How To Make Your Pair of White Sneakers Sparkling Again



Keeping your white sneakers clean can be an impossible task. But don’t fear sneakerheads! With a little knowledge, you can remove dirt and even stubborn wear and tear and restore your sneakers to their former glory. There are several methods you can use to clean your white sneakers, depending on the severity of the stains and the materials of the shoes themselves.

Here’s an overview of the most effective techniques for cleaning a pair of white sneakers…

Clean stains with a shoe cleaner

For daily cleaning, a special shoe cleaner is the best choice. These cleaners are designed to remove dirt and grime without damaging the delicate materials of your sneakers. Simply follow the instructions on the product label, which usually involves applying the cleaner to a damp cloth and wiping the shoes.

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DIY cleaning solution

If you don’t have shoe cleaner on hand, you can make a DIY cleaner with white vinegar and water. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the solution on your sneakers. Then scrub the shoes with a soft brush to loosen dirt and grime. Wipe away the cleaning solution with a damp cloth and allow your sneakers to air dry completely.

Baking soda for stubborn stains

For tougher stains, baking soda can be a lifesaver. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it directly to the stain. Let the paste sit for 30 minutes and then scrub it off with a soft brush. Wipe away any residue with a damp cloth and allow your sneakers to air dry completely.

Shoe wipes or magic erasers for stubborn stains

For scuffs and stubborn stains, shoe wipes or a magic eraser can be a lifesaver. Be sure to test the product on an inconspicuous part of the shoe first to ensure it will not cause discoloration.

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The right brush for the job

When it comes to scrubbing your sneakers, the type of brush you use is important. A brush with soft bristles is ideal for canvas shoes. For leather shoes you can use a slightly stiffer brush. And for the soles of your shoes, you can use a sneaker sole brush or even an old toothbrush.

Clean sneakers in the washing machine

Sneakers can actually be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. However, it is important to remove the laces and insoles first. Place the shoes in a mesh laundry bag to prevent them from being damaged during the washing cycle. Once the wash cycle is complete, allow your sneakers to air dry completely. Avoid tumble drying or exposing them to direct sunlight as this can cause the shoes to shrink or yellow.

Keep your shoelaces clean

Shoelaces can take a beating and can quickly become dirty and grimy. To clean your shoelaces, remove them from your shoes and wash them by hand with warm water and a mild detergent. Allow them to air dry completely before rethreading.

This way you protect your white sneakers against dirt

The best way to keep your white sneakers clean is to prevent them from getting dirty. Here are a few tips:

  • Apply a protective spray to your sneakers before wearing them for the first time. This creates a barrier that helps repel dirt and stains.
  • Do not wear your white sneakers in wet or muddy conditions.
  • Clean up spills or stains immediately. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.

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