14 Easy DIY Ways To Clean Your Sneakers

If I had one wish in the world, and the stipulations for this wish were that it had to be on something that relates only to me, and I couldn’t wish for a million dollars or a kind robot to do all of my chores for me, I know exactly what I’d do: I’d wish for my white Stan Smiths to stay clean and pristine forever.

This is a dumb wish. I get it. But, as you can see, my hands were tied–and, if you, too, happen to own white Stan Smiths (or any other sneaker just, like, in general, for that matter), you’ve probably found yourself wishing for the same thing at some point or another too. Sneakers are trendy, and they look definitively cool in way that few other things do when they first come out of the box, but after a certain amount of time (a month? A year? It’s impossible to say), you notice that, at some point during your ownership of them, they lost almost all of their luster.

It makes sense that they would pick up some dirt and grime–they are shoes, after all–but it still feels patently unfair. But, as it turns out, you don’t have to live with this injustice–there are a bunch of ways you can clean your sneakers that require minimal effort.

So, if you want to give your sneakers an illusion of eternal, effortless cleanliness, check out these easy DIY ways to clean your sneakers here:

1. This sounds obvious (and, um, it is), but if you just have a few random stains, you can totally spot treat them with a Tide To Go pen:




2. You can also use a Magic Eraser for this:




3. To make your white shoes feel new, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together and scrub with a toothbrush:




4. If you have stains on the soles of your shoes, you can use nail polish remover to clean them:




5.  Don’t feel like doing anything high-maintenance? Buy a net for your washing machine and stick your sneakers in it during a cycle:




6. Or just stick them in the washing machine:




7. If you have canvas slides, just use stain remover and a toothbrush to spot clean (or stick them in a washing machine if they’re really dirty):




8. If you have white shoes that are really dirty, mix a tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon water, and 1/2 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and use a toothbrush to brush it over the surface. Then, place them in the sunlight to activate the formula:




9.  You can also use powder detergent and a little bit of warm water to brush over your shoes:




10. Borax works well, too:




11. If you have Nikes, try this advice from the brand on how to clean them:




12. Got scuffs? Try this (adorable) advice on how to remove them:




13.  If your shoes are just smelly, try mixing baking soda and tea tree oil and putting the mixture in your shoes:




14. Or just use plain baking soda:



Do you wear sneakers a lot? Do you have any tips for keeping them clean? Let us know in the comments!

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