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How To: Clean White Shoes

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How To: Clean White Shoes

How To Clean White Shoes

Willow Munson, Junior

When have white shoes not been in style? They match everything! The problem is, they get dirty fast. Here are some DIY ways to clean your stylish white shoes:

Photos Courtesy of and Nike

  • Method one: The Washing Machine

Materials: Washing machine

This classic trick will get most of the dirt out of the shoes’s white exterior; however washing shoes can be bad for the machine and degrades the shoe faster. Simply place the shoes in the washer with a couple of towels, add soap, and boom, clean shoes.

  • Method two: Hydrogen Peroxide

Materials: 1/2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1/2 tbsp water, 1 bowl, 1 old toothbrush, and the sun.


  1. Mix hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water into a bowl until it forms a white paste.

  2. Unlace the shoes and brush the paste onto the outside of the shoe. Apply two coats of the mixture.

  3. Either wash the laces in the washing machine or place them into the remaining mixture.

  4. Leave the shoes and laces outside in direct sunlight for at least 3-4 hours.

  5. Remove the caked on mixture by either clapping the shoes together or rinsing them off with water.

  6. Re-lace and enjoy!

  • Method three: Nail Polish Remover

Materials: Nail polish remover, towel or toothbrush or cotton balls

Procedure: Simply saturate a towel with nail polish remover and scrub at the dirt. This method works best on the rubber base of shoes and is less successful when removing dirt on canvas.

  • Method four: Vinegar

Materials: 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 bowl, 1 brush or toothbrush


  1. Mix the vinegar and baking soda together in a bowl.

  2. Brush the mixture into the shoes, making sure to coat all surfaces.

  3. Let the mixture sit on your shoes for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Rinse off with cold water.