One of the first things other people notice is your footwear, and one of the most empowering and self-esteem boosting feelings is wearing a pair of brand new, unworn, smelling “new” and flawless from toe to toe. The dark side of reality is that nothing lasts forever, especially if it’s a pair of white-soled sneakers, which, no matter how careful you are where you walk or how much time you spend cleaning them, always end up changing color.
Not only dirt, but also the passage of time, stains caused by various substances and exposure to the sun, cause them to lose their original white color day after day and turn yellow.
Fortunately, there are certain tricks to keep them spotless without having to make too much effort, without spending on expensive products and best of all: easy and fast. In the past we told you how to clean white sneakers and make them as good as new, in this opportunity we reveal how to whiten the sole of tennis shoes and give them back the neatness that characterizes them so much. Take note and try it yourself!
How to clean yellow soles of sneakers with baking soda
Baking soda is a great ally for housework, and in this case it works wonders! To put it into practice you must do the following:
- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one and a half tablespoons of liquid detergent.
- Once this is done, with a toothbrush you should rub this mixture on the soles.
- Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse well and wash the shoes without the laces in the washing machine (put them in a cloth bag or pillowcase so they don’t get damaged).
Bleaching yellow tennis shoe soles with hydrogen peroxide
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It is a cleaning and disinfectant product and also very efficient as a bleach. Even when they are old and yellowed in the area of the shoe fabric. This is the ideal way to wash them to make them look like new:
- Fill a basin with warm water and a good amount of hydrogen peroxide.
- Introduce the tennis shoes in the mixture and let soak for 30 minutes for it to take effect.
- Remove the shoes, brush to remove dirt and stains and rinse with warm water to finish.
Note: For greater efficiency, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water in the basin. Perfect in extreme cases!
Toothpaste to clean the white rubber of sneakers
Yes, you read that right! Toothpaste, in addition to being able to maintain a good smile and excellent oral health if used properly, is a great option when it comes to cleaning your sneakers. So if you were looking for a way to get the yellow out of your Nike or Adidas sneakers in minutes , this is it!
- On an old toothbrush, add some white toothpaste (it’s important that it’s white!).
- Moisten it a little with water.
- Rub the yellowed area of the tennis shoes (leather, rubber, mesh or plastic).
- Finally, remove the excess with a damp cloth.
White vinegar and baking soda, the perfect pair
Another effective alternative to bleach yellowing gum from shoes is to combine these two products that are a must in the home. Widely used for a variety of tasks, including removing moisture from clothing, stain removal from various surfaces and objects, and serving as an antibacterial agent. Apply this powerful household cleaner to your shoes like this:
- Fill a container with equal parts vinegar and water and add a tablespoon of baking soda.
- Dip a toothbrush or a clean cloth in the liquid and rub the shoes insistently until the color changes and leave it for a few minutes.
- Wash with clean water and let air dry. Never in direct sunlight to avoid stains!
Removing stains from the soles of sneakers with an eraser
Also called “Magic Eraser”, this tool, which has been with us since school, is ideal for whitening white rubber-soled tennis shoes. Simply moisten the sole a little and rub with the piece of eraser all the black marks and stripes you see on them. And that’s it!
Liquid soap and salt to quickly restore white soles
This is one of the most unknown tactics, however, no less powerful. Tear dirt and remove odor from the soles of your shoes without waiting with this homemade product:
- Dissolve two tablespoons of dishwashing soap and 3 heaping tablespoons in a little water.
- With a soft sponge or brush, rub vigorously all the edges until foam is formed and the dirt is loosened.
- Rinse with clean water or remove residues with a damp cloth.
Stain remover for white soles with nail polish remover
This liquid substance composed of acetone, so often used to remove nail polish, is excellent for removing stains from the yellowed soles of tennis shoes without the risk of damaging them. Its solvent properties help to remove stubborn stains and adhering dirt.
- Soak a brush in this liquid and pass it over the sole, rubbing it little by little and repeatedly.
- Soak a rag in acetone and go over the sole again for a final finish.
- Dry the tennis shoes in the open air without direct sunlight.
As with hydrogen peroxide, if you mix it with a tablespoon of baking soda,the results will be even more remarkable. Try it and let us know how it goes!