From just regular wear or perhaps you found yourself accidentally running or stepping in some mud, your sneakers could probably use a little TLC. There are some easy ways to make your favorite pair of shoes look brand-new again and it’ll hardly take you any effort at all. We are sharing a couple ways you can get your sneakers looking bright white again from hand washing to throwing them in the washing machine.
Baking Soda and a Toothbrush
If your white sneakers need a bit more TLC than just popping them in the washer then, we recommend doing a little backing soda and toothbrush treatment before popping them in the washer. You might be able to get away with just doing this method, but know you can do this method and then add the washer into the mix afterward too.
Mixing up 1 TBS of baking soda, 1/2 TBS water, and 1/2 TBS laundry detergent in a small bowl. Gran a toothbrush and lightly work it into your shoes to get after that dirt and other marks. Be sure to coat your entire shoe with the mixture. Then let them sit overnight. To tell if they are ready, the mixture will be dry. Grab your toothbrush again, this time with just a little water remove the dried mixture from your shoes. Underneath should be that color you remember when you first purchased them.
The Washing Machine
From searching the interwebs high and low we have found that a lot of people swear by this simple method. Start by removing the soles and laces from your shoes, then put just your shoes in a mesh weather bag. Set your washer to cold water and a medium spin. Add your regular detergent and drop the sweat bag in. After they’re done in the washer, do not put them in the dryer—just let them air-dry. If your laces need some TLC too then let them soak in a bowl of warm, soapy water for an hour, rinse them off, and let them air-dry, too.
If you don’t trust the washing machine, you can also try soaking your shoes like you did with your laces. If they need a little extra TLC, then grab that toothbrush and get scrubbing.