How to Clean White Converse Shoes

White Converse Shoes
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There is just something about a fresh, clean pair of white converse shoes that is really special. They look amazing on the feet and can go with just about everything. People will be glancing at the feet, as the pure white just has that effect on people……..but if the shoes are dirty, then RECORD SCRATCH. Dirty Converses throw everything off

Below I will give you a  step by step guide for those of you who are wondering how do you clean white Converse shoes. It is really simple and it will only take a couple of minutes to have your footwear looking brand spanking new.

What You Will Need

To make your Converse shoes look clean and white, you’re going to need a couple of items to assist you in the process.

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • A brush/toothbrush
  • A washing machine

Step 1


Use Water, Baking Soda & Detergent

The first thing you’re going to do is combine the baking soda,laundry detergent and water together in equal parts. Use an amount that you think will be enough for both shoes.

Step 2

Mix water, baking soda, detergentMix everything around until you get a nice consistent paste. This is the magic sauce that will have your shoes looking perfect.

Step 3

how-to-clean-white-converse-shoes-3In this next step, you are going to take the Converse shoes and run them under water, making sure that they are fully soaked, this will make it easier to clean.

Step 4

how-to-clean-white-converse-shoes-4Take your brush/toothbrush and dip it into the cleaning mixture that you just made. Make sure that the brush has a good amount of cleaning mixture on it to tackle the dirt and grime.

Step 5

how-to-clean-white-converse-shoes-5You are going to use some elbow grease in this step. What you will do is use the brush and cleaning mixture and just go all around the shoe trying to get out as much stains and dirt as possible. This is going to take some time, especially if the Converses are extremely dirty. Just make sure that you try to get out as much  of the stains as possible. You can also scrub the midsoles as well.

Step 6

how-to-clean-white-converse-shoes-8Once you have finished cleaning and  you have rinsed off the shoes, you can either let them air dry or you can try and get them even cleaner by throwing them in the washing machine. This is just an extra step for those of you want the shoe to look white as possible.

You will want to make sure they are washed on the gentle cycle and you can also use some of the gentle detergent that you had used in the mixture above.

Step 7

how-to-clean-white-converse-shoes-9Once the shoes are finished washing, you can take them out and let them air dry. You will not want to put canvas shoes in the dryer as they will shrink and get crinkly, so for this step, the natural air is your best friend.

Once the shoes are dry, they will be ready to be worn and will look almost brand new! You can now hit the streets again with your fresh kicks.

If you’d like to see how to clean white Converses, check out this video tutorial from mariasmakeupxo:

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