We all have that pair of stark white sneakers that we absolutely love, or maybe you’re tired of your kids walking around in grungy, gross looking sneakers. Whatever the case may be, you are not alone. Therefore, we have formulated a list of tips and tricks to help you keep those white shoes looking like new.
Magic Eraser and Dish Soap
This is a very easy way to wash your shoes with products that you most likely already have laying around at home. The first thing you need to do is work out as many stains as you can with the magic eraser. Then, using a toothbrush, brush any remaining dirt or stains with a mixture of dish soap and water. Your shoes will be left sparkly-clean and they will smell great too!
Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is another great hack that utilizes items the you most likely already have in stock. This method requires a mixture of about one tablespoon of hot water, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and one tablespoon of baking soda. Once everything is combined, you should be left with a mixture that has about the same consistency as paste. Again, just use a toothbrush to brush any stains out. This awesome power duo is sure to knock out even those tough ground-in stains.
This wash method is great for those who are strapped on cash or are just looking for an economic way to clean. Just pick up a generic, one-dollar bottle of multi-purpose cleaner and spritz a bit of it on your shoes. Work the cleaner into the shoe by brushing it with a toothbrush. Not only will your shoes get a thorough wash, but they will smell great too!
Don’t let the word bleach scare you. You will be using a very diluted mixture of bleach and water. About 1 parts bleach to 8 parts water will do just fine. Be careful not to do this near anything that you do not want to get discolored. Working outside is recommended for this cleaning method. You will also want to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Just work the mixture into the stains with a toothbrush.
Now using a toothbrush to clean your shoes will actually make some sense. Just squeeze a bit of non-gel white toothpaste on to a toothbrush and brush away any dirt or stains. Once you have applied the toothpaste, use a damp cloth to remove any excess toothpaste. This process may have to be repeated several times to get rid of all of the stains.
With these helpful tips and tricks you should definitely be able to restore that old, stained pair of white converse and bring new life back into your children’s tennis shoes. All of these wash methods can be repeated several times. And, here’s a little extra tid-bit of information. When setting your shoes out to dry after washing them, set them out in the sun. The sun will natural help bleach out stains.