How to Wash White Sneakers in the Machine and by Hand: The Best Ways

White sneakers look very fashionable and dressy, but have a significant drawback – they get dirty very quickly. After a long period of wear such shoes lose their marketable appearance.

Preparing to clean your shoes

Before washing sneakers from them you need to remove the insoles and laces. Wipe your shoes with a damp cloth or brush. If there is fresh dirt on the shoe, wait until it dries so that there are no streaks when cleaning.

When cleaning sneakers, apply the product to a small area of the shoe first to make sure that the product you choose does not damage the fabric.


Apply a small amount of white toothpaste to the dirty area. Rub the paste into the surface of the shoe with a dry brush. Allow it to set for five minutes and then rinse with a cloth soaked in warm water.

Baking Soda

Mix baking soda with a little water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the shoes and rub it in with a brush. Allow it to set for 10 minutes. Rinse off with a wet sponge.

Vinegar and Laundry Detergent Mixture

Prepare a mixture of two tablespoons of vinegar, one teaspoon of baking soda, two tablespoons of washing powder, and one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Rub this mixture into the sneaker and leave it for 15 minutes. Then rinse the shoes with warm water.

Potato starch and milk

A 1:1 mixture of potato starch and warm milk works well for leather sneakers. Apply this mixture to a cloth or cotton pad and wipe the entire surface of the shoe. After cleaning, rinse with warm water.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover should not be used on tops, but it cleans white soles well. Apply the product to the soles, leave it for 30-40 minutes, and wipe the shoes with a wet brush.

How to wash sneakers in the machine

Machine washable fabric sneakers of good quality. Do not put cheap shoes in the machine, as they may stick to the sole after washing. Soak your sneakers in water with bleach for a couple of hours before washing them in the machine. Pull out the laces.

Immerse the sneakers in the machine and choose the “hand wash” or “sports wash” mode. Use the power rinse mode, and turn off the spin and dry modes. Wash your sneakers without powder, but with liquid soap.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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