You can't have enough of white sneakers. Be it celebs or people on the street, you can see everyone riding on this trend. However, maintaining this fashion staple is a real pain. Thanks to dirt, rain and what not, our pretty sneakers soon lose their shine and whiteness. So before you decide to pack them away, here are easy DIY options that will keep your shoes as good as new.
Baking soda and detergent: This hack works for white cloth sneakers. Recently, a Twitter user sarahtraceyy shared a simple cleaning hack which turned out to be a game changer for many. She even shared before and after picture to prove that this hack works.
She advised to mix one part baking soda and one and a half parts regular laundry detergent together, and simply scrub the shoes with a toothbrush. Let it sit, then rinse the shoes in water and put them in the washer. She finished off the DIY by putting baby powder on the sneakers and letting them dry.
Baking soda and vinegar: You can do more than just be an ingredient in your food. Just mix a spoon of baking soda and vinegar each with some warm water to form a thick paste. Use an old toothbrush to coat your entire footwear with this mixture. Allow it to dry. After 15 minutes, use a hard brush to scrub off the paste. Wash the shoe once, let it dry and it’s ready to face the world again.
Toothpaste: Toothpastes are not just meant to be used twice a day, especially when your shoes need it. Fluoride toothpastes (ones that are white and not gel-based) can clean away all the shoe stains. Use a rough toothbrush to rub the paste on your shoes. Allow the shoe to dry totally. Post this, use a damp cloth to clean the surface. Say hello to your pearly whites now.
Bleach: Bleaching agents are a plenty in the market and you can just about choose any one. Using bleach directly on your shoes can be dangerous, it can harm the fabric, leather and even make the shoe pale from several areas. Use a pinch of bleach and mix it with twice the water. Dampen a cloth in the mixture and slowly rub over the entire shoe. If the stains are stubborn, repeat till they are gone completely. Once you are done, wash the shoe with cold water and allow to dry.
Nail polish for touch ups: We know how bad it feels when you accidently scratch your white sneakers by bumping somewhere and they end up being chipped from the sides. While chipped shoes do actually look ugly, you can repair them with your humble nail polish. Just use your favourite nailpaint and do a little touch up on the smudged or chipped areas. Make sure the colour is the same and your strokes are neat.