How to Clean White Shoes : A Simple Guide


Cleaning your old dirty white shoes

It doesn’t take much to stain and soil a new bright pair of white shoes and if you have ever owned a pair then you know how much of a nightmare they are to clean. That is why some pick darker colored shoes but I think we both know those don’t compare to the aesthetic of white shoes, whether they are leather shoes, sneakers or formal shoes. Well, fortunately for you, we have done our research and have created this definitive list of the best and most convenient ways of cleaning up white shoes.

The Best methods to clean White shoes


Now, this might sound like a no-brainer, but I thought it was important enough to mention. Wipe your shoes with a cloth or a towel after use. Perhaps not every single time you wear them, but regularly enough so that the dirt doesn’t get into the fabric. This is very simple but it makes everything so much easier. Your future self will thank you each time you do this.

Before we get into the various methods of cleaning your white shoes, first take out the laces from your shoes; they just get in the way. Also, make sure to lightly wipe your shoes (mainly the treads) with a cloth or towel just to get rid of the more recent dust particles accumulated on your shoes.

Alright, now we can jump into the meat of the matter. Here are the 4 easiest and reliable ways to clean white shoes:


Ah, all the things you can clean with some toothpaste. If your shoes aren’t super dirty and you don’t want to go overboard then this method is for you. Just make sure the toothpaste is white (duh) and non-gel.

  1. Squeeze the same amount of toothpaste you use to brush your teeth on a toothbrush and start brushing your shoes.
  2. Move your toothbrush in circular motion around the stains.
  3. Don’t be afraid to squeeze out more toothpaste if necessary.
  4. Once you’re done with the brushing, leave the shoes for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Then wash the toothpaste off with a damp cloth.
  6. If the shoes aren’t completely clean already, repeat the process.

If your shoelaces are dirty as well then you can clean them with toothpaste separately.

         Baking Soda

In my opinion, this is the most satisfying method to clean white shoes. For this you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. of hot water
  • 1 tbsp. of vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of baking. soda

Once you have all these, follow the steps accordingly:

  1. Mix the hot water, vinegar and baking soda until the solution is in the form of a thick paste.
  2. Once again, grab a toothbrush and brush the shoes with the paste.
  3. After brushing, leave the shoes to dry for 3-4 hours.
  4. Then, just clap the shoes together a few times and the dry paste comes off spectacularly!

The tools needed to clean your white shoe


Warning: Do not use this method for suede shoes. For this method, you’ll need:

  • A detergent pod
  • 1/2 bowls of hot water
  • A toothbrush/shoe brush
  • A towel or cloth
  1. Mix the detergent pod in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Keep dipping the brush in the detergent as you brush the shoe.
  3. If the brush catches too much dirt, you can dip it in a bowl of clean water and repeat.
  4. After you are done brushing, wipe the detergent off with a cloth or towel.
  5. If the shoes aren’t completely clean already, repeat the process.


Warning: Do not use this method for suede shoes. Now, this method is a little risky but very effective:

  1. Make sure to dilute the bleach in 1 part bleach and 5 parts water.
  2. Now grab a shoe brush or a toothbrush, dip it in water, and scrub the shoe.
  3. If the brush catches too much dirt, you rinse it with water and repeat.
  4. No, leave the shoes to dry for about an hour.

Hit the pavement!

After all that, your shoes are sure to be looking many times more white than before! Of course, the best way to keep your white shoes clean is to clean them regularly and not let stains stay for too long. Just a light brushing and wiping is good enough and if not, then this list will come in handy next time as well!

Trying out your new clean white shoes

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