How to Clean White Sneakers (9 Ways)

Have your white sneakers lost their shine? Are you wondering how to quickly clean your shoes so that they become white again? It’s true that white sneakers get dirty very quickly! No need to panic! Luckily, there are some foolproof tips to get your white sneakers back to pristine. Here are 9 tried and true tips to get your sneakers back to their original white color.

1. Toothpaste

How to Clean White Sneakers

  1. The trick is to rub your sneakers with toothpaste. Look:
  2. Take a tube of toothpaste.
  3. Moisten your shoes with a sponge.
  4. Put white toothpaste on an old toothbrush.
  5. Scrub the soles and white parts of the shoe vigorously.
  6. Wipe off with a cloth.

2. Bicarbonate + Hydrogen Peroxide

Even after washing them, they still look greyish? With time, they have turned yellow? Impossible to give them back their original color? Here is a magic duo that will whiten your sneakers in no time and eliminate yellowed traces.

Hydrogen peroxide is known to whiten or lighten any surface. Your sneakers are no exception! Baking soda is an excellent natural cleaner that also removes dirt.

To get your sneakers white again, follow this recipe:

  1. Take a bowl.
  2. Put a tablespoon of baking soda in it.
  3. Add 1/2 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Mix to make a smooth paste.
  5. Apply the mixture to the surface to be cleaned.
  6. Scrub with an old toothbrush. The toothbrush exerts just the right amount of pressure to remove dirt without damaging your shoes. It is firm enough to remove the dirt and penetrate the paste.
  7. Repeat the process once.
  8. Soak the laces in the rest of the mixture in the bowl.
  9. Then place your shoes in direct sunlight for 3 to 4 hours. Or, just wait for the paste to dry and come off. But be aware that the longer you leave them in the sun, the more effective it is.
  10. Remove the excess paste with a brush.

Put the laces back on. And you’ll be amazed at how white your sneakers will be! This tip is perfect for cleaning white sneakers and white soles.

But be careful, hydrogen peroxide has the power to bleach fabrics and surfaces. If you have colored canvas sneakers, be very careful not to get it on the fabric. You risk making stains that are very difficult to remove.

3. Baking Soda + White Vinegar

Baking Soda + White Vinegar

If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide, you probably have white vinegar at home.

This very acidic product can replace hydrogen peroxide with effectiveness.

  1. Pour 200 ml of water into a bowl.
  2. Add a tablespoon of bicarbonate.
  3. Put 15 g of bicarbonate
  4. Add 30 ml of white vinegar.
  5. Soak a cloth or an old toothbrush in your mixture.
  6. Scrub the stains until the sneakers are clean.

This method has the advantage of working on both leather and canvas sneakers.

4. Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Sometimes the easiest solutions are also the most effective! You probably have a simple multi-purpose cleaner in your cupboards.

  1. So grab it and expect to have cleaner than clean sneakers!
  2. Pour the multi-purpose cleaner into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray your shoes with your cleaner.
  4. Take an old toothbrush and scrub the dirty areas. Wipe off excess product with a soft cloth.
  5. Scrub again with the wet toothbrush until the sneakers are bright white.

This is a good alternative for all faux leather, synthetic, and nylon sneakers.

5. Washing in a washing machine

Cleaning sneakers in the washing machine

In my experience, the simplest solution is often the most effective. Cleaning your canvas sneakers in the washing machine can give very satisfying results.

But be careful, you don’t want to do anything foolish.

  1. Remove the laces from your shoes
  2. Put the sneakers and laces in a protective net and put everything in the washing machine drum.
  3. Choose a gentle cycle with a cool program.
  4. Start the machine.
  5. When the machine is 3/4 full of water, add the detergent. But only add half the usual amount.
  6. When the cycle is finished, air dry your shoes.

The advantage is that you clean both the inside and the outside of your tennis shoes. An extra tip? You can add a little Vanish to enhance the effectiveness of the wash.

6. Magic sponge

Have you heard of the magic sponge (or eraser)? This thing is just amazing! And it’s super easy to use. It’s an effective way to get white shoes clean. Especially those with rubber soles, like Converse.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Take your magic sponge.
  2. Dampen it slightly.
  3. Wipe it over the marks.

This little bit of magic foam can remove almost any mark!

7. Micellar water

Do you have micellar water at home? Then you’ve got a perfect solution for cleaning your sneakers.

Micellar water is not only a revolutionary makeup remover…

But it’s also a product that cleans your shoes.

Surprising, isn’t it?

  1. Pour micellar water on a clean cloth.
  2. Rub it into the stains on your sneakers.

That’s it! And it’s clean. This stuff has the added benefit of being super gentle on your shoes. Do you know what I mean?

So it works just as well on leather sneakers, leather turnovers, rubber sneakers, patent sneakers as it does on suede or nubuck or mesh. Very practical!

8. Toilet paper + water

You’ve tried everything and your canvas sneakers still have yellow marks?

Here’s a very surprising, but equally effective tip. Wrap them in toilet paper. Yes, you read that right!

  1. Grab some toilet paper.
  2. Soak them in water.
  3. Cover your sneakers with the wet paper as if it were paper mache.
  4. Let it harden and dry for 12 hours.
  5. Remove the paper… and miracle! All the yellow marks are gone!

Your white sneakers are clean and streak-free. It’s amazing, isn’t it?

9. Bleach

Admittedly, this is not the most natural solution! But bleach has the merit of being effective and economical.

So, to great evils, great remedies! Be careful! If you have colored canvas sneakers, this tip should be avoided. You risk staining the canvas.

  1. Take a container.
  2. Pour in one part bleach.
  3. Now add four parts of water.
  4. Take an old toothbrush and dip it in the mixture.
  5. Scrub the dirty parts.
  6. Rinse the brush with water.
  7. Then scrub the wet brush over the stains until they disappear.
  8. To enhance the whitening power, let them dry in the sun for as long as possible.



And that’s it! Your sneakers are as white as the day they were worn 🙂

Easy, isn’t it? Your shoes quickly regained their original colors without effort.

Nike Air Max, Adidas, Asics, Reebok, Stan Smith, Veja, Lacoste, your white cycling shoes, or your favorite sports shoes…

Whatever your pair of sneakers, they’ll look like new again. No need to buy new ones!

All you have to do is put on your favorite pair of sneakers!

Now it’s your turn…

Have you tried these tips to get your sneakers back to white? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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