How to clean white sneakers



One summer trend that never goes out of style is white sneakers. I have three pairs myself (and another on my wish list!) Some people cherish every streak of dirt on their sneakers as a sign of a shoe that’s well-loved, but if you prefer a crisp stain-free look, buying white kicks might be overwhelming. Luckily there are easy ways to keep your white sneakers looking (almost) brand new longer than you’d think.

To clean rubber soles and leather uppers


The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is an amazing multipurpose tool. Not only can it clean up around the house but it lifts streaks off of shoes in seconds. I use this on my Converse and Adidas Superstars.

To clean canvas uppers

Depending on the type and severity of the stain, there are a few different methods you can try for canvas shoes like Keds and Converse.


By hand:

For each of these methods you'll need a clean toothbrush, a sink, and a bowl or bucket. —Soap and water. Sometimes simple is best so always start by trying good old fashioned dish soap. Use filtered water only (or you can risk turning your shoes orange). —Baking soda, vinegar, and water. If that doesn’t do the trick, then mix one tablespoon of baking soda, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and one cup of water to make a paste you can apply to the stain. —Oxiclean. When all else fails, making a paste with one scoop of Oxiclean and one cup of water should help whiten and brighten your shoes. You may need to do multiple treatments to get the best results, so be patient.

In the washing machine:

Canvas sneakers can also be placed in the washing machine with detergent specified for delicates. Remove the laces first and use the gentle cycle.


After washing, stuff your shoes with paper towels to help them retain their shape, and place them in direct sunlight to dry. Allow them to sit for 24 hours before use.

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