I used to be a Converse girl. And then I became an Adidas girl. And then I stopped wearing sneakers altogether.
A couple of years ago, wedge sneakers started trending and I found myself back in the sneaker game. Converse dominated my sneaker collection for a short while, but then Adidas took over again. Even though I’ve worn my fair share of different sneakers throughout all this time, one color has been a steady choice: white. It’s so clean, classic, and delightfully versatile, from complementing the most casual of outfits to adding whimsy to a dressier look (like with this flounce dress). But with white comes the headache of keeping it white, so below, I’ve shared 9 easy hacks to keep your white sneakers clean and bright.
- Never toss them into the washing machine. It’s the easiest way to damage any pair of shoe!
- Use white nail polish to cover up minor scratches.
- Use a Mr. Clean wipe, magic erase, or a rag dipped in vinegar to spot-clean stains.
- Use an old toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas…. but be gentle in the scrubbing.
- Clean white laces by rinsing them with warm water and gentle soap… not by throwing them in the washing machine.
- After you’re done cleaning your shoes, stuff them with paper towels to speed up the drying process.
- Use your gentlest shampoo, warm water, and a toothbrush to eliminate any oil stains.
- Store your sneakers indoors in a cool place, as too much sun exposure results in fading and discoloration.
- If you must use bleach to fight blemishes, make sure the bleach is diluted. Standard ratio is one part bleach to five parts water.
I actually spent a good chunk of today writing and analyzing, so my brain is currently pretty fried at this point. I apologize that today’s post isn’t one of my best work, so it is with more gratitude than usual as I say a huge thank you for reading today! Better content coming at you later this week, so stay tuned!
Photos by H