White shoes are bright and fashionable when they are clean, but they can easily get dirty from common wear and tear. So you will need to clean them often in order to keep your kicks looking fresh. Check our guide on how to clean the white shoes perfectly.
Scrubbing the Shoes with Soap and Water
This method works best on all kinds of shoes, including white leather.
Mix 1 teaspoon (4.9 ml) of dish soap into 1 c (240 ml) of warm water. If you don’t want to use the soap to clean your white shoes, you can use 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) of white vinegar instead of. Use a magic eraser to clean the soles and rubber pieces. Dip the magic eraser into your soapy water and wipe in short back and forth motions along with leather, rubber, or plastic part of your shoe. Then scrub stains with a stiff-bristled toothbrush and use the towel to pat excess water away. Don’t wipe the towel across the shoe’s fabric because it could spread the dirt across the fabric again. After rinsing them in water, while they are still wet, you should cover them with toilet paper and leaves them in the sun to dry to prevent the shoes from yellowing.
Clean the White Shoes with Bleach
This method works best for white fabric shoes.
Make a mixture of 1 part of bleach and 5 parts water. Don’t use more bleach or else it could make your white shoes have a yellow tinge. Dip the toothbrush in this mixture and start to scrub your shoes. Then wipe the bleach solution off the shoes with a damp towel. Remember to cover it with toilet paper to prevent yellowing. Let your shoes in the room to dry for at least 5-6 hours before wearing them again.
Using Baking Soda to Clean the White Shoes
This method works best for canvas, mesh, or fabric shoes.
Mix vinegar, baking soda and hot water into a paste. Stir 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of hot water, and 1 tablespoon (14 g) of baking soda together in a bowl. Add this paste into your shoes with a toothbrush. Remember to cover all of the exterior surfaces of the shoes with the baking soda paste. Let the paste in the shoes dry for 3-4 hours. You can place the shoes in direct sunlight so the paste can dry or harden. Leave them dry until you can scratch the dried paste with a fingernail.
Then clap your shoes together and remove the dried paste with a dry brush. Hit the soles of the shoes together to breaks the paste and make it fall to the ground. If there is any dried paste chunks leftover, you can scrape them off with a dry toothbrush until the white shoes are clean again.
Maybe you don’t know that baking soda can also help you to remove the stink from your shoes.
Fighting Stains with Toothpaste
This method works best for fabric, mesh, or sneakers.
Firstly, wipe your shoes with a damp cloth to make them wet. Get your shoes slightly damp but not soaking too wet so the toothpaste can foam up. Next, rub a pea-sized dab of toothpaste into your shoes with a toothbrush. Add the dab of toothpaste directly where there are heavy stains in your shoes. Work the toothpaste into the fabric of your shoes thoroughly before letting it sit for 10 minutes. Remember to use a non-gel toothpaste that is white to clean the white shoes because other colors may leave stains on it.
Wipe the toothpaste and make your white shoe clean with a wet cloth. Let your shoe air dry completely for approximately 2-3 hours. Remember to cover it with toilet paper to prevent yellowing.