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How To Clean White Shoes [Safe and Effective Methods]

We all own a pair of white shoes which we adore. But the problem with white is that it is difficult to maintain. So here we are going to hand out some tips regarding how to clean white shoes using tried and tested methods.

White shoes are elegant and timeless pieces of footwear which can be worn by both men and women. These are especially an integral part of a student’s life, as it is a staple part of the uniform in most of the schools. You may also own white sneakers, walking or sports shoes. Whatever kind of pair of white shoes you own, the truth is that it is difficult to maintain. Once the spots appear, or the yellow stains start to show, you know it is time to clean them. It is especially tricky to clean the fabric shoes since it is not always convenient to wash them in the washing machine or hand-wash them.

I have a pair of white sneakers which become dirty very easily. I wear them to my office and most of the times when I need to go outside. It is a versatile piece of footwear which I own and goes with most of the dresses which I own. What I do to clean them is simply wash and rinse them with some water and detergent to make them look spotlessly white again. Different type of shoes requires a different type of care. For instance, for leather shoes, you can clean them by wiping them gently with a damp cloth or use a mild detergent.

So if you are looking for effective steps to clean your white shoes, we have provided you with a how-to guide here which will answer all your queries regarding the cleaning of your white shoes.

Steps To Clean White Shoes Using Baking Soda and Toothpaste


Works best for:

  • Converse shoes
  • Fabric Shoes
  • Mesh Shoes

You can clean your white shoes using baking soda and toothpaste. These might be part of your school uniform, or you might just own them as a fashion staple. But the truth is that these become dirty within a few days itself. Baking soda and toothpaste are the best bleaching agents which absorb the dirt and return the original color on the surface of the product. So here we are going to explain to you how you  can use baking soda and toothpaste to clean your favorite sneakers within minutes:

How To Clean White Shoes With Baking Soda And Vinegar

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) White Vinegar
  • Brush For scrubbing
  • A Glass Bowl of Hot Water
  • Old toothbrush or applicator brush

Step 1: In the glass bowl filled with warm water, mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of white vinegar. 

Step 2: Stir the mixture until it becomes a thick paste. The mixture will develop fizzy bubbles as it reacts.

Step 3: In case your mixture becomes runny, you can add an additional 5 ml of baking soda to it.

Step 4: With an old toothbrush or an applicator, apply the paste all over the shoes consistently for a few minutes.

Step 5: Let the mixture dry and settle for 3-4 hours.

Step 6: It is best if you keep the shoes in direct sunlight for the paste to dry or harden. It will show better results.

Step 7: Now rinse it in water for a few minutes or wash them in a washing machine.

Step 8: Hang it to let it dry.

How To Clean–

White Shoes That Turned Yellow


Works Best For:

  • Converse Shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Tennis shoes

You might have noticed that white shoes turn yellow after being washed. It is due to the chemical reaction it might have while being kept in the sunlight. So if we might find it tiring and irksome to remove the yellow stains after our shoes have been just taken out of the drier. So here we have provided you with some easy hacks on how you can clean the yellow stains on your white shoes after they have been washed:

Step 1: Soak the shoes in water and clean the soles with a brush.

Cleaning the soles of the shoes is a useful tip, since soles are the dirtiest part of the shoes, so it must be cleaned first so that when you put the shoes in water, it does not  become dirty.

Step 2: Next, smear toothpaste on the shoes and vigorously brush the areas in the shoes which are dirty.

Step 3: After brushing them, wash and soak the shoes in detergent water for few minutes.

Step 4: Now rinse the shoes and drain them. Now cover them with white tissues without a leaving any gap in between.

Step 5: Now air dry them in your room where there is no direct contact with sunlight. After some time you will notice that the tissue paper becomes yellowish. Now take the tissue paper off, and you will find that your shoes have become as white as before.

White Mesh Shoes

You have just brought white mesh sneakers but they have become dirty in a few days? Well, that’s the thing about white sneakers, even the most careful of us can get them dirty after a few uses. So to provide you with the ultimate guide on how to clean your precious white sneakers, here we will acquaint you with the whole process on how you can return them to their original glory once again:

What You’ll Need

  • A bucket full of warm water with detergent
  • 1/4 cup of bleach

Step 1: First, you would want all the excess dirt to be removed off the shoes. So clean all the non-knit areas of the shoes first by soaking them in soap and water for about an hour.

Step 2:  Now measure 1/4 cup of bleaching agent and put it in your washing machine.

Step 3: Set your machine to a warm regular cycle and wait for the cycle to get over.

Step 4: Now, air dries them. To make the process faster, cover the shoes with dry paper towels.

White Leather Shoes

Leather is a delicate material that requires special care. Since it is animal skin, it can react with harsh chemicals. So it must always be treated using a mild chemical or damp cloth. Here we shall provide you with the complete guide on how you can maintain your white leather shoes and keep them clean:

What You’ll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • a Towel
  • a Bowl With Warm Water
  • Toothbrush
  • Microfiber Cloth or Rag

Step 1: Using a soft nylon brush or an old toothbrush, clean the excess dirt or mud which might be stuck to your shoe.

Step 2: Now, if there are any laces in the shoes, remove them.

Step 3: Now using a damp cloth, clean the outer surface of the shoe. Make sure not to use too much water os as not to make the surface dripping with water.

Step 4: Now, take the toothpaste and dab it in the dirty and stained areas.

Step 5: Now gently scrub the stains with a toothbrush, covering the entire shoe. Work in small, circular motions.

Step 6: After cleaning it, wipe the toothpaste with a towel. If required, dampen the cloth a bit and then clean it.

Step 7: Now after you have cleaned your shoes, dry it with a microfiber cloth or a rag. Make sure it is completely dry before storing them.

White Suede Shoes

Suede is a kind of leather with a fuzzy and soft finish. Since it is thinner than leather, it requires more extra care and protection. Here we will provide you with some expert tips on how you can clean your white suede shoes:

What You’ll Need:

  • Suede Brush
  • Microfibre or soft cloth
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Paper Towel
  • White Vinegar

Step1: Dab your suede shoes gently with a dry and soft cloth.

Step 2: Now remove any dried stains using a pencil eraser.

Step 3: Use a paper towel to remove any moist stains. Dab the paper towel at the spot instead of rubbing it, to prevent it from spreading.

Step 4: Soak a soft cloth in white vinegar and gently dab it in any stains which are remaining.

Step 5: Allow the shoes to dry. Then clean the entire exterior using a suede brush.


White shoes look great but require a lot of maintenance. Using the proper method of cleaning and protecting them can help increase the life of your shoes and make them look new always. We hope you found these DIY hacks useful. Please let us know to what extent these tips were effective for you in the comments section below.

About the author

Vivek Tripathi

Vivek Tripathi is the Lead in Research & Development of Editsoft Digital Pvt. Ltd. He is into Digital Marketing for the past 2 year and 3 months. His core areas of interests are Hosting Management, Wordpress Management, Security Configuration, Shopify, Digital Ocean, Graphic Designing, HTML Designing, Marketing Automation, ECommerce Web Development, Dropshipping Marketing, Hacking Support, Wordpress Web Development, Amazon Simple Email Services, Amazon EC2 and Search Engine Optimization.

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