How to bleach white shoes

How to bleach white shoes like a pro

There’s nothing more disappointing than splurging on a cute pair of white shoes, and then having them get yellowed within weeks of wearing them. But fear not! Here are a few easy ways to keep your white shoes looking like new, without resorting to harsh chemicals that may damage the shoe’s materials in the process. Before you get started, make sure to protect your workspace with newspaper or an old tablecloth and gloves – you don’t want bleach stains on your work surface or skin!

Wash your shoes clean

How To Bleach White Shoes step by step guide

If you have stains or dirt on your shoes, wash them before bleaching. Use a sponge and warm water along with your favorite laundry soap. You can also use rubbing alcohol for stubborn stains, but be careful not to let any get on other parts of your clothing or skin as it could cause damage. Once your shoes are clean, wipe them down with rubbing alcohol and let them dry for at least one hour. If possible, choose an old toothbrush that you no longer use to scrub stubborn spots. Or buy toothbrushes specifically designed for cleaning leather and vinyl (these are available in most shoe departments). If you don’t want to remove all of the color from your shoe before bleaching, only scrub it lightly so some color remains.

Tape off your laces

How To Bleach White Shoes step by step guide

This may seem overly cautious, but it will help avoid any accidental bleaching on your laces. Cut some painter’s tape into thin strips and place them around your shoe so that they overlap in some places. Be careful not to get any of your laces caught in between your tape and try not to apply too much pressure with your tape when applying, as you could accidentally pull up some of the color from your shoe. You should use painter’s or duct tape, rather than regular masking or scotch tape as it will hold up better during application and peeling off. Make sure you apply on an even surface for best results.

Use bleach mixed with warm water

How To Bleach White Shoes step by step guide

Bleach mixed with warm water does double duty on colored clothes, not only removing stains but also whitening whites. When using it for whites, add 1⁄2 cup of bleach and 1 tablespoon of detergent (or liquid softener) per gallon of water. For colored clothes, use just 1⁄4 cup of bleach and no detergent. To make sure you don’t get bleached-out clothing or discolored towels, test your mixture on an inconspicuous area first. Rinse well after washing as normal.

Let your shoes dry

How To Bleach White Shoes step by step guide

Just because your shoes have bleached out doesn’t mean they’re necessarily clean. Once you’ve applied vinegar and baking soda, allow your sneakers to dry completely in an area with good air circulation. If you’re in a rush or don’t have an extra day or two for air-drying, leave them in front of a fan for about 15 minutes before wearing them again. You may also want to run them through another cycle of washing and drying just as insurance against any lingering odor. Either way, if there’s still that harsh vinegar smell coming from your sneakers when they’re nice and dry, it’s best not to wear them until you’ve scrubbed away that unpleasant odor.

Remove tape and enjoy your new white sneakers!

If your feet aren’t happy, you’re not happy. And if you’re willing to invest in shoes that are worth their weight in gold (if they had any), you should at least be able to enjoy them for as long as possible. To get your kicks back into tip-top shape again, follow these three simple steps: Step one: Soak your sneakers in warm water and dish soap—the dish soap will help remove any residue left by tape. Use an old toothbrush or sponge to scrub away any dirt particles or stains left behind on your laces. Step two: Allow your sneakers dry completely; we recommend placing them outside on a sunny day (not too hot, mind you) so you don’t end up with smelly sneakers.

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