Ever wonder how some people manage to keep their white kicks sparkling white? We’re going over 3 of the most effective ways to clean any white shoes. White is the trendiest shoe color lately, and sadly, the easiest to stain. Fortunately, these simple and affordable ways will help make your favorite white footwear as good as new!

Before we start, here are some simple tips to take care of your shoes:

  • Always store them away from the sun to avoid any discoloration.
  • Before cleaning your shoes, throw the shoelaces in the washing machine to remove any stains.
  • If the soles of the shoes are muddy or dirty, soak them in warm water and soap, then scrub away with a toothbrush.

White vinegar

This trick is the best way to clean suede white shoes and sneakers. Take a cotton cloth, white vinegar, and a pink pencil eraser. Start by blotting the most stubborn stains with the vinegar and finish off with the pink eraser then back with the vinegar. Remember not to scrub the fabric but rather blot it gently while applying pressure.


The same strategy as cleaning your teeth, toothpaste has active agents that get rid of any stains or discoloration on your shoes. First, take an old toothbrush and toothpaste and apply it all over the shoe, including the soles. Scrub well all over the shoe to remove any hard stains and then let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Finally, take a clean towel and remove all the toothpaste from the shoes.

Baking soda

Baking soda is the best multitasking cleaning hack ever. It’s perfect for cleaning any type of white shoes in no time without damaging the fabric. Take a small bowl and add 1 tbsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of vinegar, and 1 tbsp of hot water. Mix well until you get a nice paste consistency. Using the same old toothbrush, scrub away the entire shoe in circular motions. Once you’re done scrubbing, allow the shoes to sit in bright light for at least 3 hours to activate all the ingredients. After 3 to 4 hours, the mixture should be completely dry. The last step is to remove the dry paste by clapping both shoes together or by using a dry brush.


This technique is very effective against any oil stains on your shoes. Just take some mild shampoo and warm water and scrub your shoes using an old toothbrush. Once done, remove the remaining shampoo using a clean cloth and some warm water. This is the most guaranteed way to remove any sticky oil residue.

These are the best ways to clean your white shoes and keep that fresh snow-white color. Let us know if you have tried any of these easy ways. Or you can always write to us if you have any other simple tricks to clean your shoes.