How do you wash and dry white shoes?

White tennis shoes have become a wardrobe essential because they go with practically everything. However, since they are white, they tend to get dirty very quickly and lose their original and pure color.

For this reason, below we recommend you a complete guide on how to clean, wash and dry white tennis shoes to return them to their original appearance.

White tennis shoes are very versatile and ideal for wearing with pants, skirts or other clothing. They go with everything and are very comfortable. However, their main problem is their tendency to get stained and dirty. Follow the advice below to clean them and make them completely white again.

  1. Remove shoelaces and footbed
    First, remove the laces from your shoes to make the shoe’s material easier to clean. Dip the laces in a container containing warm water, dish soap, and a little white vinegar.

If the laces are very dirty, give them a good rub after soaking. If the stains cannot be removed, immerse them in a container containing half a liter of water, 4 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and another 4 tablespoons of white vinegar for about 30 minutes.

If the insoles can be removed, soak them and the laces.

  1. Remove stains from shoes
    After soaking the laces, moisten the shoes with cold water. Prepare a prewash with baking soda, white vinegar, and castile soap .

With baking soda and white vinegar
Mix 100 grams of baking soda with 500 ml of white vinegar. Once the foaming reaction is over, scrub the solution with a toothbrush. Wait about 10 minutes for the solution to take effect. Do not use metal containers or tools as they could react with the vinegar.

Mit Marseille-Seife
Unless your tennis shoes are very dirty, replace the white vinegar with Marseille soap . Wet the shoe and then rub the soap directly into it. Then continue washing as follows.

  1. Hand wash your tennis shoes
    If you want to continue washing by hand, fill a bucket with cold water and then do the following:

Scrub with a toothbrush and some laundry detergent. Focus more on the dirtiest areas.
Rinse the shoelaces and insoles with plenty of cold water. Be sure to remove all soap and detergent residue.
Dry your shoes on the terrace or balcony.

  1. Wash your tennis shoes in the washing machine
    After pre-treating the stains on your tennis shoes (Step 2), rinse them with plenty of water, then put them in the washing machine and give them a quick wash with regular detergent.

When you finish washing, dry it in the fresh air.