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White sneakers have a clean and fresh appearance that makes them the perfect footwear for summer. Incredibly versatile, white sneakers are a classic choice that pairs well with shorts, skirts, dresses, or jeans. However, keeping those pristine kicks looking fresh can be quite a challenge, especially with all the outdoor activities and potential stains lurking around every corner. Fear not! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can ensure that your white sneakers stay clean all summer long.


Regular Maintenance

Make it a habit to clean your white sneakers regularly to prevent dirt and stains from becoming deeply embedded. Start by removing any loose dirt or debris by gently brushing or wiping them with a soft cloth. Use a toothbrush or an old, soft-bristled brush to reach into crevices and remove any stubborn dirt.


Should they need a deeper clean, just follow these steps:


Start by Removing Laces

Take out the laces and wash them separately. You can either hand wash them with mild soap or toss them into a mesh laundry bag and run them through a gentle cycle in the washing machine.


Spot-Cleaning Fabric Sneakers

For small stains or marks on your white sneakers, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and a cup of water. Use a cloth or old toothbrush to scrub the fabric of your sneakers until clean. Avoid excessive scrubbing to prevent damage. Remember, the longer you let a stain sit, the harder it will be to remove. Once clean, allow the sneakers to air dry naturally


Cleaning Leather Sneakers

A great option for cleaning white leather sneakers is to use micellar water. Micellar water is a revolutionary makeup remover product, but it also cleans shoes! Simply pour the “water” on a clean white cloth and use the cloth to wipe your shoes. This also works on rubber or suede shoes.


Cleaning Scuffed Soles

Tackle scuff marks or streaks of dirt on the white soles of your shoes with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Simply wet the sponge eraser with water and scrub around all sides of the rubber sole. Dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with water and wipe off the shoes. Let them air dry completely before wearing them.



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