White shoes are a one-way trip, once you start wearing them there is no way to go back. And they go with everything! They look great, they’re casual and, particularly in summer, they’re my favorite. The headache with them is that they get dirty in the blink of an eye and sometimes cleaning white fabric sneakers is a real odyssey if you don’t use the right materials.
Luckily, there are certain inexpensive materials and foolproof – and proven – home tricks to remove stains from fabric, achieve impeccable results and without spending a lot of money on commercial chemicals that, to be honest, don’t do the job in the end. Would you like to meet them? Read on and see step by step how to make your white sneakers, tennis shoes, sneakers or canvas sneakers shiny.
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5 homemade tricks to clean white fabric sneakers
Chances are that you have all the materials and ingredients at home without knowing it, since they are everyday products, affordable and easy to obtain. So, let’s get to work! When you see how white they look, you’ll want them to dry soon so you can show them off to the world and share this new knowledge.
You will need the following:
- Sodium bicarbonate.
- Liquid bleaching detergent or neutral soap.
- White toothpaste.
- 1 toothbrush.
- A clothes or shoe brush.
- 1 cloth.
- A couple of containers.
- An eraser.
Baking soda and detergent
This is one of the most effective and least damaging techniques for the canvas of the shoes. This is the process:
- The first thing to do is to remove the laces or shoelaces.
- In a bowl place one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of detergent and one tablespoon of water.
- Stir gently for 1 minute.
- With the toothbrush spread this mixture over the shoe and all the stains on it with gentle movements so that the fabric is not broken or damaged.
- Let stand for 30 minutes.
- With the dry cloth, remove all the mixture and let it dry overnight.
For the laces or shoelaces you only need to use this same mixture and let the laces soak for a while, finally, scrub a little and rinse as usual.
Baking soda and vinegar
This is another mixture quite useful for softening heavy stains on any surface, not only on the fabric of shoes, but also on the kitchen, countertop and pots full of grease. Follow these steps:
- In a bowl with a little warm water add two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda and mix.
- Soak the stain and rub this mixture with a toothbrush.
- Let it act for 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle another bit of baking soda on the most severe stains and rub again.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all residues.
- Leave to dry in the shade at room temperature so that the sun does not deteriorate the fabric.
Lemon, stain remover par excellence
This is a natural degreaser that you can use as a replacement for bleach and without the risk of it being abrasive to the fabric. All you have to do is the following:
- Cut the lemon in half and rub on the surface of the shoe (harder on the stains).
- Then scrub with a toothbrush and leave for a few minutes.
- Finally, rinse with warm water and let them dry at room temperature.
Toothpaste for rubber or soles
- Place a small amount of white toothpaste on a toothbrush or shoe brush and scrub the entire sole (including underneath) to remove all the dirt.
- Moisten the brush with a little water to create a lather and remove all the dirt.
- Rinse thoroughly and remove all excess residue.
- Allow to dry in the shade.
The same one you used in elementary school, which, although at first glance seems unusual, it really works and has a lot of power. It is an effective, harmless and immediate method to clean the soles of white sneakers. Just rub until the stain is removed until the dirt disappears.
- Use asoft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damage to the fabric of the shoes.
- Never let them dry in the sun because they can deteriorate quickly.
- Washing fabric slippers in the washing machine is possible on a short duration program for cotton and without spin, however, they do not come out completely clean and it is not 100% recommended as they could be damaged. The world-renowned brand
The world-renowned brand advises to wash them by hand.
- If your canvas footwear has residual lint or balls that have appeared after washing, you can remove them by gently wiping them with a razor blade to make them look as clean as possible.