How To Wash White Shoes

How To Wash White Shoes. White shoes are a wardrobe staple. They work with almost every outfit style and fabric combination, making them an ideal shoe for everyday wear. Sadly, though, those pristine whites won’t stay pristine for long if you don’t take care of them! Scuffs, stains, and dirt can leave your shoes looking shabby in less than 48 hours; but thankfully there are plenty of ways to clean dirty white shoes without having to risk ruining your hard-earned investment. Worry no more about smelly sneakers or stained soles – we’ve got you covered with these six foolproof methods that’ll have your whites as good as new in no time at all!

Shoes can be cleaned with vinegar and baking soda

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar in a glass bowl until you create a thick paste. Dip the toothbrush into the mixture and start applying it over every inch of both shoes, brushing softly to remove dirt and stains. Let them dry overnight. In the morning when they’re hard again – brush off any chunks that are left, then use a damp cloth or paper towel to rub away anything else easily visible. If stubborn stains remain from something like grass or blood – let them sit for 5 minutes before wiping them clean with hot water and dish soap.

 Soles of rubber need to be cleaned

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To clean and whiten the bottoms of shoes, use a wet Mr. Clean Magic Eraser- dampening it with water before scrubbing around the soles. Use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe up any remaining residue from the shoe soles then let them air dry for about 30 minutes before wearing them again.

Soapy water should be used to wash your shoes

A dry toothbrush should be used to remove any loose dirt after the shoelaces have been removed. Add one or two drops of liquid dish soap to a cup of warm water and mix well until it has dissolved completely. Scrub the shoes with the toothbrush for about five minutes each after dipping them in soapy water.

Dry your soles after cleaning them

Remove any signs of dirt with an eraser sponge. Then use a damp towel to wipe down the surface of the shoe and remove excess water from it. Keep your shoes dry by stuffing them with clean paper towels when you are done cleaning.

Using laundry detergent to clean white mesh shoes

Remove dirt with a brush

How To Wash White Shoes


Mesh is delicate, so it has to be cleaned carefully. Remember that you will need to use a much gentler touch when brushing it than you would if the fabric were a canvas for example. A bristled toothbrush should do the trick for any extra dirt around the shoe.

Soapy water cleans shoes

Add a little bit of soap to some warm water in a large bowl. Apply this liquid soap using a soft brush or sponge onto the dirty shoe surface, periodically rinsing out the brush with clean water as you go along. A toothbrush can also be used for more stubborn spots like dirt and grass stains by applying soap directly onto it before scrubbing at the spot on the shoe’s surface.

Shoes should be rinsed and dried

To rinse your mesh shoes, avoid submerging them in water; this could potentially harm the interior of the shoe or change its shape. Instead, use a clean damp bleach-free cloth to wipe down the exterior of the shoe. Fill up both shoes with white paper towels to keep them from bending out of shape and let them dry completely before wearing them again.

Cleaning White Shoelaces with Bleach

For squeaky clean and shiny shoelaces, you’ll need some bleach. Wear rubber gloves while handling it so that your hands don’t come in contact with harsh chemicals. Carefully remove the laces from the shoes and set them inside a mesh laundry bag made out of soft materials such as cloth or lace. Fill up the bag with 3 tablespoons worth of bleach per gallon of water – Clorox recommends 10 minutes but we recommend 5 – make sure they’re completely submerged if needed! Remove the laces after 10 minutes (or 5) and rinse thoroughly before placing them into a washing machine along with detergent for regular cleaning. Let dry outside or near an open window before wearing again.

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