The Secret to Life (and cleaning white shoes)

One of the greatest struggles in this era is cleaning dirty white shoes.

My white shoes after cleaning

From when I bought them, I tried to keep them as clean as possible as a result of my OCD. However, through everyday use and accidents like spills or people stepping on them, it became increasingly hard to keep them in their original condition. However, after some snooping online, I found the perfect way to clean them. This is a real life saver and something I would love to share with the public.

Items needed:

  1. Baking soda
  2. old toothbrush or soft-bristle brush
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  4. water
  5. aluminum foil





  1. Wait until 12-1 PM before starting.
  2. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water in a bowl. Note- the consistency should not be so thick that it becomes a soup, but rather it should be a watered-down paste.
  3. cut out a sheet of aluminum foil and place it outside.
  4. place the shoes, baking soda mix, and old toothbrush on the aluminum foil.
  5. Using the old toothbrush, dip it into the mixture and apply it to the shoes. Make sure to put more on the parts that are dirtier until you cannot see the stain. If the area looks very clumpy, that is OK. We’ll get back to that later.
  6. leave your shoes outside for at least 4 hours.
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    After 4 hours of drying in the sun

    After they dry up, they will look and feel very rough and dusty. That’s OK! Simply brush off any big excesses with a towel or the toothbrush and whack the bottoms of the shoes on a hard surface to get all of the powder off.

    Important- Baking soda is somewhat of a “temporary” technique of cleaning white shoes because it acts like a paint that sticks onto the shoes and therefore will need to be redone every month or half-month. However, they are safer than the risk of permanently damaging your shoes in the washer or through bleaching.