What's the Best Way to Clean White Shoes?

It’s almost spring; white shoes are a versatile must-have in every closet. From fresh white kicks to leather boots and clogs, we can’t wait to style bright outfits in anticipation of warmer days. 

The only downside to white footwear is that it shows dirt. If you’re like us, wear and tear is nearly inevitable. 

Wondering how to clean white shoes – should you wash, scrub, or polish them? This guide explains the best way to clean shoes so they look good as new.

Keeping White Canvas Shoes Looking Fresh With Pantry Ingredients

Easy-to-clean white and stylish women’s sneakers, like Star, are a staple in many shoe closets. There’s no need to hide your dirty sneakers under the table out of embarrassment because we’ll tell you exactly how to clean canvas shoes.

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If you notice a little surface dirt, whip up a mixture of a cup of warm water with a spoonful of baking soda and two spoonfuls of white vinegar. Use a cloth to apply and scrub with the mixture. 

If this is not enough to tackle tough dirt, you can typically throw your white canvas shoes in the laundry by themselves. Just be sure to remove the laces and footbeds! Let them air dry and they should look as squeaky clean as the day you bought them.

Buff Away Dirt When Cleaning White Suede Shoes

If there is a wet stain on suede, never rub it with a cloth as this will spread the liquid on the surface. As a result, instead of cleaning your white shoes, you could end up destroying them. Instead, gently blot and wait until the stain has dried before tackling it. With a dry stain, take a pink pencil eraser and rub it over the stain. This should lift up the dirt from the nap of the suede. 

Any remnants of a mark can be carefully cleaned with a bit of the white vinegar mixture we described earlier. As a final step to clean white shoes, use a suede brush to restore them to their soft original state and spritz a Waterproof Protector spray as an added layer of protection. Learn more about waterproofing shoes so that you don’t have to worry the next time you get caught in a Spring shower!

Now that you know how to clean your shoes, you can extend the life of white shoes you thought were goners. White shoes may get dirty easier than other colors, but trust us when we say that they’re worth the effort! Clean white shoes go with everything and make a fresh fashion statement any time of the year. Show your white shoes some TLC and they’ll last way longer than you’d expect!


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