On average, women own about 20 pairs of shoes. Men, on the other hand, own about 12 pairs of shoes

If you’re guilty of a shoe obsession, chances are you have a pair of white sneakers in your closet.

While white sneakers are great, they also get dirtier faster. In this article, we’ll walk you through 5 tips for cleaning white shoes.

1. Vinegar Solution

If you want to keep track of what you use to clean your white sneakers, you can always go the DIY route. 

A DIY method works best on newer stains that haven’t been there for a long time. To get started, prepare a mixture of equal parts water and equal parts vinegar. 

Using a clean cloth, scrub away the dirt off your shoes. You can use this vinegar solution to clean pretty much any white shoe.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great method to clean white shoes because it’s a proven household cleaner.

If you want to step up the vinegar formula for shoes that are a lot dirtier, you should add baking soda. In a bowl, mix one tablespoon of vinegar, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one tablespoon of water until it forms a paste.

Using an old toothbrush, grab a little bit of the paste and scrub the shoes. Make sure you apply a little bit more pressure to the more soiled areas. 

Put your shoes out in the sun and let the paste dry off for about 3 to 4 hours. 

3. Store Shoe Cleaner

When you don’t have the time to make your own white shoe cleaner, you can always use a store-bought cleaner. Most shoe stores sell shoe cleaners that do the job. 

If you go the store-bought route, make sure you get a cleaner that comes with a brush so you can scrub away the dirt.

4. On the Go Cleaner

One way to keep your white sneakers cleaner longer is by cleaning them on the go. On days when you’re going to wear your favorite white sneakers, you can carry a couple of wet wipes in your jacket or your purse. 

Many brands sell individually wrapped jackets. In case of emergencies, you can also do a makeup or baby wipe.

5. Washing Machine

If you have flyknit or white fabric shoes, you can always throw them in the washing machine. 

Make sure you put them in a mesh bag or pillowcase and run it through the delicate cycle. You should also remove the shoelaces and insoles for a better clean. 

You should let your shoes air dry and never run put them in the dryer. Of course, if your shoes are too dirty, it might be time for new ones. View more white shoe options here.

Cleaning White Shoes: The Bottom Line

After reading these tips, cleaning white shoes will never be easier. You can use DIY formulas, get a store solution, or throw them in the washing machine.

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