The Ultimate Guide to Getting Clean, White Sneakers

The easiest way you can tell someone is Singaporean is by looking at their shoe stash – you’ll find more sneakers than you do high heels and dress shoes.

But when you have a thing for white sneakers, you should know that they can get dirty really easily and cleaning them can take a lot of time. No matter how careful you are or how frequently you try to keep them pristine, there will always be that one scuff mark or smudge.

So how do you keep them clean on the regular? Here’s how you can say goodbye to those scuff marks and smudges for good:

Small Scuffs

On your way to work and found a random smudge on your brand-new shoes? Just use a high-alcohol hand sanitizer, slather, and scrub it gently using an old toothbrush. Once done, wipe it off with a rag cloth. Voila!

Large Scuffs

If your sneakers are that dirty and no amount of hand sanitizer will solve it for you, it may be better instead to reach for that bottle of rubbing alcohol and a clean rag (gloves are optional, but great if you don’t want the alcohol drying out your hands).

All you need to do is dab a small amount on the clean rag and rub away – and what do you know, clean shoes at an instant!

Dedicated Shoe Cleaners

If you’re serious about shoes and like having a specific item that lets you keep your white kicks looking pristine, there are products out there in the market that can accomplish this for you.

Often, you’ll find that different store brands have their own cleaners in bottles, and that they come with their own brush applicators to make the process easier. Be sure to look for natural cleaners that don’t have any harsh chemicals, so your footwear doesn’t wear out quickly.

Quick shoe wipes are also available for you if you’re on-the-go, so keep them handy when you can.

DIY Shoe Cleaner

Perhaps the only downside to having dedicated shoe cleaning products is that you’ll have to invest quite a bit into them, so if you don’t want to shell out that amount, use a DIY solution made of one part water and two parts white vinegar.

This solution should work on most materials as long as the stain is new, but works particularly well on leather.

Baking Soda

Arguably, the best way to clean white sneakers is with a paste of baking soda and water, and using it to scrub stains for a quick and easy spot-cleaning.

The reason baking soda works so well is that it breaks up soil particles, and because it releases carbon dioxide, it also eliminates that sweaty foot smell.

However, this solution only works for white shoes, as baking soda can and will discolor any non-white shoes you plan to clean with it.

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