How to Clean White Converse
The worst feeling ever is stepping into a mud puddle wearing your favorite pair of shoes, especially if they are white converse! So how can you make your now muddy shoes nice and bright again? How can you get the sneaker fabric that is now turning a yellow color back to it natural white? It is your lucky day, because this article will help you clean your white converse sneakers and keep them clean. The secrets of the best maintenance of a perfect white sneaker are unveiled below.
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How to Clean White Converse Fabric
Cleaning white canvas fabric can be quite the challenge. There are a ton of methods out there that offer ways of hot to properly clean your sneakers, converse star and all, without the use harsh chemicals. We have compiled the following list that has displayed the best ways to clean your sneaks without risking your health through exposure of harsh substances. Here is a little table of contents of the list that we put together:
- Powder Detergent
- Baking Soda
- Toothpaste (Not a typo)
- Nail Polish Remover
Best Way to Clean White Converse at Home
It is time to dust off those tan converse that used to be white and clean them with this common technique! This is one of the best ways to clean your high tops because of how affordable it is. If you clean your own clothes at home with a powder detergent, this way of cleaning your white converse will be free! By keeping that money, you can put that towards a rainy day fund or that cruise you have been dying to go on. Here is what you will need to clean you white sneaks with this method:
- Powder Detergent (the more abrasive, the better)
- Warm Water
- A Bowl
- A Scrubbing Tool (toothbrush, the scrubby side of a sponge, etc.)
Easy enough? Now that you have the tools you need, start mixing together the warm water and powder detergent. You are aiming to create a paste-like consistency without adding too much water. When your detergent paste is perfect, start scrubbing your converse with your scrubbing tool. Afterwards, toss them in the wash for a final clean that will leave your white converse looking like they just came out of a shopping bag, not a washer.
How to Clean White Converse Clean with Baking Soda
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I don’t know about you, but my cupboard always has baking soda in it. Whether I am using it to make cookies or whiten my teeth, I can always use some baking soda. Baking soda works in the same way with shoes as it does with teeth; making your dirty shoes, fresh and white again. Whether your white converse are dirty because of mud or age, baking soda will do the trick. To use baking soda to clean your converse, mix together:
- 1 tablespoon of hot water
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
A 1:1:1 ratio of the three ingredients is the trifecta of clean. Stop mixing the ingredients when it is a paste viscosity. Put the mixture on a toothbrush and scrub away at the dirt and grime that have taken up residence on your beloved white converse.Rubbing in circles will reap the best results. Rinse in lukewarm water when finished to remove the unwanted excess paste.
How to Clean White Converse with Bleach
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Yes, I know that bleach is a harsh chemical, but it is impossible to talk about cleaning white converse without mentioning using bleach. When cleaning your sneakers with bleach, you do not have to worry about protecting the rubber sole. To clean your white converse with bleach, do not just throw them in the washing machine and call it a day. Instead, be sure to remove the shoe laces and put your converse in a bag to prevent any extra clanging around. Also, be sure to not put in too much bleach, use a cap full at the most. A little will definitely go a long way. You may have to do some extra scrubbing on the rubber parts of your converse, but using bleach will leave your converse shining when you pull them out of the washing machine. For the best results, air dry them as soon as they come out.
How to Clean my White Converse Toothpaste
Toothpaste can whiten teeth, so why can’t it whiten my used-to-be-white shoes? That train of thought is correct when using the right kind of toothpaste. When picking out toothpaste to clean your white converse with, be sure not to buy any with color in them or are a gel, this has a chance of adding a tint to your shoes. Not cool. Toothpaste that has whitener in it is the best kind if you have that at your disposal. Now that you have your toothpaste and an old toothbrush, start brushing the dirty spots on your shoes in a circular motion. Leave the toothpaste on for 10 minutes and then rinse of with a damp washcloth. Repeat if any dirty spots remain.
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How to Clean White Converse Shoes with Nail Polish Remover
This is a wacky one, but believe it or not, converses can be cleaned with nail polish remover. Get some cotton balls and your dirty white converse and start rubbing! An acetone-based is ideal for this method. Soak up a cotton ball with acetone based nail polish remover and start to forcefully and roughly scrub at the dirty spots. Do not be afraid to put some muscle into it. If you are breaking a sweat, you will also be breaking down dirt on your soon-to-be-shiny white converse!
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How to Clean ALL White Converse DIY
All converse can be cleaned using on of the following above techniques (powder detergent, baking soda, bleach, toothpaste, and nail polish remover), but there is one more method that you can use on any pair of converse. This method of cleaning utilizes lemon juice. Cut a lemon in half and start rubbing and scrubbing your dirty shoes. You can also soak the juice with a sponge or toothbrush to scrub. Leave it soak for about 15 minutes before rinsing and/or continuing to clean your shoes using lemon juice.
Clean White Converse Techniques
Some techniques to keep in mind while cleaning your converse include:
- Remember to take off the shoelaces before cleaning (especially bleaching).
- Do not be afraid to scrub, scrub, scrub!
- A paste-like consistency seems to be the perfect mixture viscosity.
- Air drying converse will help ensure a better fit and brighter white.
- You may have all the ingredients you need to clean them already in your house, so double check your stock before going shopping for new ingredients!
- Circular motions when scrubbing are better than scattered ones.
- Using rubber cleaning gloves can prevent your hands from drying out.
- Investing in a bleach or Tide to go pen may be a game changer.
With these techniques, your white converse shoes will be the boldest and brightest part of your outfit. You will have tons of friends, family, and strangers coming up to you and asking for your secret. Have the freshest shoes on the block, heck in the state, with these techniques of how to properly care and clean your white converse shoes.
Cleaning White Converse Video
If you are a visual learner, like myself, a video will help you understand much better compared to solely reading the article. Here is a super helpful and informative video that will help aid and guide you in the converse cleaning process. The YouTuber below uses a mixture of laundry detergent, water, and baking soda to achieve a pristinely white pair of converse. It took her about 15-20 minutes per shoe, so be sure to set a good 40 minutes aside to clean your pair of white converse shoes. Enjoy!
Here is another super useful Youtube video to watch before or while you are cleaning your white converse sneakers. This YouTuber uses a similar mixture as the previous YouTuber, but shows all or the steps and techniques that you can use when cleaning your converses! I found this video extremely helpful in visualizing what the processes and steps look like.
This article was able to cover 5+ ways of cleaning you white converse sneakers or other types of white canvas shoes. These easy solutions to creating a whiter and brighter pair of shoes implement tools and supplies that can be found around the house, so cleaning your used to be white shoes will cost close to nothing. Using the methods and videos above, your dirty white converse sneakers do not stand a chance. These quick and easy solutions will make them whiter and brighter in no time. We are super eager to hear how these techniques and methods worked for you and any twist or spin that you put on them to make your white converse sneakers look cleaner and newer. Thank you for reading the article and feel free to comment any questions, thoughts, or experiences you have concerning the cleaning of white converse sneakers! Happy cleaning!