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How to Clean White Converse Shoes?

After writing on how to clean white vans?, we will discuss the best ways to clean white converse shoes. They look great when they are brand new but over time, they quickly turn an unappealing shade of brown as dirt gathers along their sides and top. There are various great cleaning techniques you can use to clean white converse and restore its original beauty. Start reading the ways to wash white converse:

how to clean white converse shoes

Best Methods to Clean White Converse Shoes:

1. Try Baking Soda and Vinegar

Steps to Follow:

  • Do not attempt to wash your converse with laces put on. Remove laces from your shoes to expose as much of the white canvas as possible as this will make it easier to thorough clean your sneakers. You can clean your laces separately by soaking them in a bucket of warm soapy water. There is also a great alternative to cleaning your shoe laces, just replace them with new ones.
  • Soak your white converse shoes in cold water. You can rinse them under a running water tap or submerge them into a large bucket of water. Do not use warm water as it may lead to stains. You need to work over the sink for the whole process. You can also use an alternatively by spreading out a sheet of wax paper or plastic over your floor and work on that.
  • The process of cleaning white converse can cause a mess so you should cover the area with plastic on which you are working to avoid letting any excess drip off. You need to make a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Now, combine enough baking soda with white vinegar in a bowl to form a foamy, thin paste.
  • Metal has property to react with vinegar so you can avoid the use of white vinegar by replacing it with liquid detergent. You can also use washing powder instead of baking soda totally depending on which you have on hand. It does not matter which combination you want to use, both of them work very well.
  • The paste should be about 2 parts of baking soda and 3 parts of vinegar. Now, dip a clean toothbrush or nail brush in the cleanser. Gently, scrub the surface of the shoes cleaning all sides paying special attention to dirty areas.
  • Place the shoes in the washing machine along with detergent and then run the machine on a full cycle using cold water. Finally, let the shoes to air dry and to speed up the, place your shoes in a warm, sunny, and dry location to dry.

2. Detergent or Soapy Water 

Steps to Follow:

  • In a bowl take a scoop of detergent and a few drops water to it.
  • Mix it thoroughly to get a thick paste.
  • Dip a toothpaste into this paste and scrub it over the scuff marks.
  • Rub it until the marks are removed.


  • Plain soap and water can help you remove scuff marks on the white converse.
  • You need to scrub the scuff marks with a sponge dipped in soapy water.
  • Do not use harsh soap on the shoe instead use hand soap or a liquid dish detergent.
  • Blend a few drops of soap into a cup of warm water and stir until bubbles start forming.
  • While scrubbing the scuff mark you should rub the shoe with your sponge using firm, circular motions.

3. Magic Eraser to Clean White Converse

Steps to Follow:

  • Damp your white converse in cold water and scrub the shoes with moistening “magic eraser” cleaning product from toe to heel, getting as much of the material as possible. Keep few sponges to replace when one spot of the sponge gets dirty.
  • Magic is a great option if you have pets or young kids as it does not use any harsh chemicals. You can also use polymer base eraser as it feels flexible and somewhat soft to the touch. The eraser will literally scrape the dirt away with physical force.
  • Finally, you need to air dry your converse so place in a warm, sunny, and dry location to dry.

4. Use Washing Machine

  • Simply stick it on any stained spots you wish to remove.  You should use the moistened tip of the stain stick to the stain on the shoe using a firm, circular motion. You will need to extend the cleanser outside the edge of the stain in order to prevent the stain from spreading.
  • Toss your converse into the washing machine.
  • Add a scoop of standard laundry detergent. Run the washing machine using cold water.
  • To avoid your shoes from banging around the washing machine you can wrap them into the  laundry bag or in a mesh before putting them into the washing machine.
  • Once your shoes are washed, dry them into the shed to prevent turning them yellow.

5. Try Bleach to Clean White Converse

Steps to Follow:

  • To bleach white converse, take some bleach in the bowl.
  • Add some water to it and mix it thoroughly to get a thick paste.
  • Dip a clean toothbrush into the paste and bleach white converse.
  • Scrub it gently and remove the scuff marks from it.
  • Bleach is a whitener, however, if used in excess it could damage the fabric as well.

6. Toothpaste

Steps to Follow:

  • Take a pea size non-gel white toothpaste on an old used toothbrush. Colored toothpaste can stain your shoes.
  • Rub the toothbrush on the dirty sports to remove dirt. The leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  • After the given time, wipe it off with a damp towel.
  • Repeat this step until you get clean white shoes.

7. Lemon to Clean White Converse

Steps to Follow:

  • Cut a lemon in half. Use one-half on the scuff marks.
  • Scrub the lemon on the shoes to remove the marks.
  • Leave the juice of the lemon on the shoes for 20 minutes and then rinse it with cold running water.
  • You can also, rub lemon juice over the scuff marks with a rag or toothbrush.

8. Rubbing Alcohol

Steps to Follow:

  • Dip a cotton ball into the rubbing alcohol and rub it over the scuff marks.
  • Scrub it nicely. Then remove the residue of the rubbing alcohol with a wet washcloth.
  • Repeat this until you get cleaned white converse.

9. Acetone

Steps to Follow:

  • Dip a cotton ball into the acetone or nail polish remover.
  • Scrub the cotton ball over the scruff marks until it is cleaned completely.
  • Rub it vigorously to remove the stubborn marks.

10. Petroleum Jelly

Steps to Follow:

  • With the help of a washcloth rub, some petroleum jelly or vaseline over the scuff marks for a few minutes.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes, then wipe it off with the damp washcloth.
  • This is a nice remedy to remove dirt and debris from the rubber part of the shoes since it might leave a stain on the fabric of the converse shoes.

11. Dishwasher 

Steps to Follow:

  • Place your shoes in the dishwasher. Make sure the dishwasher is empty.
  • Rinse the shoes in the warm water.
  • Apply dish-washing liquid to it and rub it thoroughly.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it with the cold water.
  • Dry it under the shed.

12. WD-40 to Clean White Converse

Steps to Follow:

  • Sprays a WD-40 directly on the scuff marks and fawn the marks away with a sponge or rag.
  • You should only use it on the rubber part of the converse but not on the canvas.
  • It can leave stains on material like canvas.

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