8 Hacks to Keep Your White Sneakers Clean

Meghan Blalock
·2 min read

It's beyond clear at this point that fashion girls are obsessed with white sneakers. But one infrequently discussed aspect of these on-trend wardrobe staples is just how to clean white shoes and keep them so fresh. After all, one quick trip to the coffee shop could result in a number of mud-, dirt-, or oil-centric disasters. Yet celebrities, bloggers, fashion editors, and everyone in between always seem to sport only the whitest of white sneaks.

How do they clean their white shoes to keep them in such pristine condition? We did a bit of digging to come up with some super-helpful tricks to keep those babies sparkling long after you've made the initial purchase. While some of these hacks are straightforward, like cleaning the white laces in warm water, some of the other tips you'll find here genuinely surprised us, too. How to (really) clean your white sneakers is no longer a mystery.

1. Use White Nail Polish to Cover Scratches

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Amazing Grace ($20)

Nike Blazer Low Se Sneaker ($75)

Sam Edelman Ethyl Low Top Sneaker ($100)

2. Use a Magic Eraser, Shoe Cleanser, or Just a Rag Dipped in Vinegar to Spot-Clean Stains and Blemishes

Jason Markk Ready-to-Use Foam Shoe Cleaner ($16)

Birkenstock Deluxe Shoe Care Kit ($18)

Tretorn Nylite Plus Lace Up Sneakers ($75)

Superga Platform Sneaker ($80)

3. Use a Toothbrush or Shoe Brush to Get Hard-to-Reach Areas

Jason Markk Suede Cleaning Kit ($12)

Jason Markk Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit ($16)

Veja V-10 Sneakers ($150)

Tory Burch Howell Sneaker ($198)

4. Cleanse White Laces By Rinsing Them With Warm Water

Reebok Club C Double Sneakers ($80)

Puma Love Leather Sneakers ($70)

5. After You're Done Cleaning, Stuff the Shoes With Paper Towels to Speed Up the Drying Process

Fila Disruptor II Premium Sneakers ($65)

Converse Chuck Taylor® Low Top Sneaker ($50)

6. Use Gentle Shampoo on Any Oil Stains

Noodle & Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo ($16)

Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo ($17)

H&M Platform Sneakers ($29.99)

Veja Condor 2 Sneakers ($160)

7. Always Store Them Indoors to Avoid Too Much Sun Exposure

Whitmor Shoe Box Set of 4 ($8)

APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Pro Sneakers ($140)

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Sneakers ($85)

8. Make Sure Bleach Is Diluted and Use Small Quantities

Nike Daybreak Sneaker ($90)

Sam Edelman Ethyl Sneakers ($100)

With these hacks in your back pocket, go forth fearlessly in your white sneakers. Because now you'll always know how to keep them in mint condition.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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