There’s nothing like a sparkling white pair of tennis shoes to put a spring in your step and accent your wardrobe. Unfortunately, maintaining those crisp, white shoes can be a real chore. All it takes is one muddy puddle, one scuff mark, or one run-in with the bottom of someone else’s shoe to ruin the look. If you are interested in ways to restore your shoes to their former whiteness, check out these tips.
8. Baking Soda and Detergent
Combine equal parts baking soda and liquid clothes detergent to make a paste. Gently apply this solution to your canvas shoes with a toothbrush or other cleaning brush. Allow your sneakers to sit before rinsing the cleaning solution away. Twitter user sarahtraceyy then tosses the shoes, sans laces, into the washing machine. Next, she allows them to dry before dusting them with baby powder.
7. Baking Soda and Vinegar
You can also make a paste of baking soda and vinegar to apply to your shoes with a toothbrush. Apply this paste to your shoes and gently scrub away dirt and stains using a circular motion. Rinse your shoes, then allow them to thoroughly dry out. Placing your shoes out in the sun to dry will allow them to benefit from the bleaching properties of sunshine. Sunshine is also helpful for brightening yellowed pillows and dingy pillowcases.