Are you a fan of white shoes? Then, you surely know how fast they get stained and lose the adorable white color they had when you first saw them in the store.
You aren’t the only one facing this issue. As soon as your white shoes leave the house, dust, grime, ground, and many more things pile up on them and before you know it, you have grey shoes at home. Not only that they don’t match your white combination anymore, but they simply don’t look as appealing as when they are completely white.
And you don’t want to spend a bunch of money on new ones every time the old ones get dirty, right?
So, the only reasonable and cheap solution is to clean them. Unlike what many people think, it doesn’t have to be complicated and time-consuming. In fact, you can do it in 5 minutes.
Are you ready to explore this further? Stay with us as we present everything you should consider.
What You Need
What if I told you that you have most of the needed ingredients at your own home?For starters, white vinegar and baking soda are some of the stuff that certainly lies around your kitchen. And they’re great cleaners when it comes to removing grime from your white shoes. When you add to that the fact that they’re antibacterial and get rid of the bad smell, they’re definitely worth a try.
A pro tip: baking soda is particularly effective when it comes to canvas, fabric or mesh white shoes.
Besides that, for the process, you’ll need a bowl where the ingredients will be mixed and a small brush (preferably a toothbrush).
How to Clean Dirty White Shoes in 5 Minutes
Without stalling things, let’s take a step-by-step look at this cleaning trick that will take you around five minutes to perform.
- Put half a cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda in the bowl.
- Mix until it all blends together into something resembling a foamy blend. Some people put hot water, too, to get a solid paste.
- Apply the mixture on your white shoes.
- Rub gently with the small brush. Make sure you cover all the exterior parts of the shoes.
- Let the mixture soak in the shoes for at least half an hour.
- Wash everything with cold water.
- Leave the shoes to dry and they’ll be as white as when you first bought them.
Remember to Clean the White Shoelaces
White shoes, usually, come with another trouble – white shoelaces, which should be cleaned, too. It’s in vain to clean the shoes if you plan to leave the laces out of it. That’s because there aren’t many things that can ruin the whole appearance more than dirty white shoelaces on white shoes.
The procedure for getting the white shoelaces rid of grime and dirt is by using a toothbrush and then putting the laces in a laundry bag. After that, the laundry bag should be soaked in a solution of water and bleach. Wash them in a washing machine and air dry them afterward. That would be it.
Additional Tips for Cleaning Your Shoes
For some more tips and tricks, you can check out these.
- Another quick method is by using dish soap and water instead of the solution made of white vinegar and baking soda.
- Sometimes even cleaning with bleach is handy. Just make sure that the bleach is properly diluted. In that case, the solution should be around one part bleach and five parts water. Otherwise, too much bleach may result in a yellowish shade.
- If you have sneakers, mash or fabric shoes, you can try cleaning them with toothpaste.
- Don’t put the white shoes in the washing machine. This may cause unintentional damage or a change in color.