We used to think that people who managed to keep their white sneakers were magical. Whatever we tried, nothing seemed to work. This was a problem because as every fashion girl will attest, white trainers are as ubiquitous as skinny jeans and leggings. They feature in every style-obsessed person's wardrobe—whether they're the popular Adidas Stan Smiths or classic Converse high-tops. They're what you go to when you don't want to wear heels. The trick, of course, for them to be as eternally chic as possible is to keep them looking box-fresh. But how?
That's a mean feat (pun unintended) when you live in a city or when you want to wear your bright-white shoes on repeat. While the A-list might be able to purchase another pair when they get theirs dirty, but how can we mere mortals ensure our shoes continue to look brand new? We've uncovered nine incredible tricks for keeping your sneakers clean and white so you can make everyone believe that you only bought them yesterday. Keep scrolling for nine hacks on how to clean white sneakers.
It's as simple as that. If you see a little scratch or smudge on your spankin'-new white sneakers, just take out your favourite white nail polish and do a little touch-up. It works wonders.
This is a big no-no. Even on the gentle cycle, a washing machine is a bit too rough-and-tumble (we had to) for white trainers. Stick to hand-treating your footwear.
Use an old toothbrush, warm water and gentle soap if your shoes have some dirt spots in hard-to-reach places. Scrub gently.
You might be tempted to just toss your white laces in the washing machine—but don't do that. Instead, hand-wash them in warm water with gentle soap, and let them air-dry.
Your shoes might be a bit damp after you're done cleaning them; to help them dry faster, put crumpled-up paper towels inside of them to absorb excess moisture and help the shoes dry more rapidly.
Let's say you stepped in an oil slick crossing the street or dropped a big greasy french fry on your new white sneakers (it happens to the best of us). When you get home, use your gentlest shampoo, warm water, and a toothbrush or rag to gently wipe at the oil smudge. It should come right out.
Don't leave your white sneakers outside. They're already getting enough UV exposure as it is, which can lead to fading and unwanted discolouration. Treat them well, and store them in a cool, dark place when they're not being worn.
To the crux of the issue: Can you use bleach on white sneakers? Yes, you can, but you have to dilute it. Most shoe-care guides suggest mixing one part bleach with five parts water; any more than that and you risk turning your white fabrics a weird yellow tone. Dip your toothbrush in the diluted bleach solution, and scrub the shoes gently. Rinse with warm water when you're finished.
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