You know, we all love to rock some fresh-looking all-white sneakers throughout the year. But, let’s be honest, unless you got them all Saran wrapped, they’re gonna get dirty. And, while we all dig getting down and dirty every now and then, we can’t do that with white kicks. So, this is where you’re gonna learn how to clean white sneakers and – most importantly – how to keep them clean!
Cleaning your white sneakers might not be as easy as cleaning any other sneaker might be. And, learning how to keep white sneakers clean is even harder! But, we gotta give it our best shot – flex them whites! However, if you like your kicks looking like beaters on the daily, then that’s your thing. No judging. If not, then keep reading!
HOW TO CLEAN WHITE SNEAKERS
WITH A DIY CLEANER
First, we’re gonna discuss how to clean white sneakers with a DIY cleaner you can make at home. This works especially well if you don’t want to try any chemical solutions or commercial cleaners just yet – more natural. Here’s what you’ll need:
– White Vinegar
– Clean cloth
Mix equal parts of both and apply the solution with a cloth all over your kicks. Give it a gentle scrub and then leave it out to dry. This method works best on leather uppers and when the stain isn’t TOO old. So, try it out after a day out with your white sneakers or on your favorite Js! If you wanna learn more about cleaning other colored Jordans, just click here!
HOW TO CLEAN WHITE SNEAKERS WITH BAKING SODA
Another way you could try to keep white sneakers clean is baking soda – more natural remedies. Now, this one happens to be very effective, especially with canvas uppers or even our beloved Primeknit. This makes a great tip for cleaning white Yeezys! All you’re gonna need is:
– Baking Soda
– A soft toothbrush
You just mix a bit of water with baking soda to make a paste and use it to gently scrub your white kicks. This works really well when you wanna spot clean certain stains on your white shoes. It also helps whiten your yellowed outsoles. BUT, do not try this on non-white kicks, they might get discolored.
WITH A QUICK BRUSH
Sometimes all you need to do to learn how to clean white sneakers is a simple brush. Granted this mostly works for suede uppers using suede or soft brush. You blot the stain with a dry paper towel and then brush it with a brush. If the stain is very deep-set, you can try the vinegar trick! But, be gentle.
WITH SHOE WIPES FOR ON-THE-GO
Fourth on how to clean white sneakers, QUICK is using quick wipes. This method also helps keep white sneakers clean since you’ll be cleaning as you go. In other words, you won’t let the stains build up by spot cleaning. With the global pandemic and all, you probably have a pack on you anyways!
CLEANING WHITE SNEAKERS WITH MR.CLEAN MAGIC ERASERS
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when cleaning white stuff is bleach. Doesn’t it turn anything white? Well, kinda. If you wanna use bleach to clean white sneakers, you’re gonna need to dilute it with water first. Bleach on its own can (and will) stain your shoes yellow. So, unless you want yellow kicks, don’t do that.
WITH A WASHING MACHINE
The last option we recommend is cleaning your white shoes in the washing machine. Although it could actually be very effective the first few times, it can actually ruin your kicks later on. Not very good shoe care technique.
However, if you’re in a pinch you can go ahead and try it. Toss it in the washing machine with some baking powder and a cup of vinegar alongside your regular detergent. BUT, don’t wash it with any other shoe.
You can also toss your shoelaces in a laundry bag and let it go in the wash with them. They’ll come out sparkly! Or, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get a whole new set of laces for Christmas!
HOW TO KEEP WHITE SNEAKERS CLEAN
Shoe care and repair are the two most essential parts of keeping your kicks clean. It doesn’t matter how well you know how to clean white sneakers, preventative care is key! So, here’s how to keep white sneakers clean:
– Use a shoe protector like Crep Protect to repel water damage and stains
– Keep a pack of white wipes with you and clean as you go
– Clean your shoes as soon as you take them off
– Or, make cleaning your shoes part of your weekly routine
– Use a whitener to hide any scuff or marks on your kicks – like the KIWI Whitener
– Invest in a good sneaker cleaning kit – like the SneakerAid Kit