How to Clean White Tennis Shoes with Baking Soda

Learn to Clean White Tennis Shoes with Baking Soda: Can anyone resist bright white tennis shoes when you see them in front of you? You will keep thinking about the shoes day and night even if you know how it would play out once you buy. We totally feel you. White tennis shoes are a total fashion statement because they go with anything and everything. You don’t even have to try hard to make your social media outfit game strong when you have them. 

All you need is a pair of white tennis shoes. You can pair them with jeans or with summer dresses, they would look amazing. They are versatile and chic. But no one likes them when they have gotten dirty and look grimy. We know how annoying it can get when it only takes few minutes outside, and BAAM! They are suddenly stained. Getting a new white tennis shoe can be intimidating, and we are here to solve that.

 Today we have a few easy tricks upon our sleeves, and you need a simple ingredient that is baking soda. Keep reading this article as we will be telling you exactly how to clean white tennis shoes with baking soda.

Prevent Your White Tennis from Getting Dirty

The best way to keep your white tennis shoes clean is to prevent them from getting stained in the first place. We know that sounds almost impossible. But there are actually ways to do that. When you are checking out your shoes at the store, just ask for a shoe stain and water repellent treatment. If you are online shopping, just look up one and add it to your cart.

As soon as you get your new white shoes, spray one coat keeping about one forearm’s distance from them. It will add a hydrophobic coating to your new white tennis shoes, which helps to repel liquids and prevent stains. For better results, shake the bottle well and use two coats. Keep spraying until the entire shoe is covered and let them stay in this condition for 24 hours. This method can save you from many embarrassing situations. However, you still have to clean them, and we are going to talk about them now.

There is definitely a guilty pleasure involved when you get to see your newly washed tennis shoes just as white as before. Do you know what the fun part is? You can utilize ingredients lying around your kitchen and home for these tricks.

Also Read: What to Wear With White Sneakers

1. Clean with Baking Soda and Detergent

For the first trick, we will use a method that has been going around Twitter that involves using the following ingredients.

Ingredients you need: 

  • Baking Soda
  • Detergent
  • Old toothbrush

First of all, take out 1 part portion of baking soda, 1.5 part detergent and mix them. Now pat the mixture onto the dirty shoes and scrub it in with the old toothbrush. Let them stay like this for an hour or two. Remove the insoles and shoelaces to put them into the washing machine. Remember to put extra 2-3 old towels with your shoes to avoid damaging and banging them against the drum. Keep them in the washer for about 20-30 minutes in the mildest setting. Let them air dry, and you should be able to see the results. They look the same as new, right?

2. Clean with Baking Soda and Vinegar

If the first trick doesn’t give you satisfactory results for some reason, try out this one!

Ingredients you need: 

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Tablespoon
  • Hot water

Use 1 tablespoon portion of baking soda, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon hot water into a bowl. Mix it well and apply the paste onto the shoe with the old toothbrush. Make sure the bristles are firm enough to scrub. Keep scrubbing in a circular motion until the entire surface area of the tennis shoe is covered. Put the shoes covered with the paste in your backyard under direct sunlight. It should be kept like this for 3 to 4 hours until the paste is dry. Use the toothbrush to wipe out any remaining bits of the paste after dusting them over a trashcan. Remember that this method works best for canvas or leather tennis shoes.

3. Use Baking Soda with Hydrogen Peroxide

Use the following essential ingredients from your home

Ingredients you need: 

  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Tablespoon
  • Old toothbrush
  • Hot water

First of all, remove any big chunks of soil or dirt attached to your tennis shoes. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ tablespoon hot water, and hydrogen peroxide into a small bowl until it becomes a smooth consistency. Remove the shoelaces and the removable sole. Put the paste on the shoes in 2 coatings by using the toothbrush. Make sure the shoes are covered evenly. Put the shoes outside for 3 to 4 hours to activate the mixture. Extract the dried paste from the shoes, and it will look whiter than ever.

4. Use Baking Soda to Remove Bad Odor 

We all know the struggle of how it feels when your tennis shoes have a bad smell. You feel embarrassed, and you don’t want people to realize it’s you. However, they are ways to fix that with baking soda.

Ingredients you need: 

  • Baking soda
  • Tablespoon

Take out 1-2 tablespoon baking soda and pour them into each shoe and cover the entire insole. Make sure that the baking soda is evenly applied and now keep the shoes like this overnight. Remove all the soda crumbs from your shoes in the morning, and it should smell decent now.

Final Thoughts

We have already established that no one likes a stained pair of the white tennis shoe. We hope you are already figuring out which method to follow for your own pair of white shoes. Best of luck!

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