How to Clean Shoes at Home: Best 6 Ways

After we wear clothes, we wash them. But after we wear shoes, which invariably come in contact with the ground, how often do we take the time to clean them? If you're someone who gains it a habit to keep her kicks in a natural condition, kudos! And have fallacious reasoning regarding the state of your shoes, then I have news. There are household things that clean shoes of grime, scuffs, and stains. After reading this article, you will get a better idea on how to clean shoes at home.

I wore my favorite flats to an unusually rough night at a bar I seldom go to. A night out normally ends up with my shoes looking the same as they started. But on this remarkable evening, I came home with sticky soles, dirty edges, and dirt blemishes on the top where people had walked on my toes and spilled foreign substances *shudder*. I might have shed a tear in sadness because I thought my shoes would never be the same again. But the next morning, I observed a breaker of faith that I could find the beige below all that brown. I took a wet cloth to my flats, and the dirt came off.

I realize that was an incredibly anticlimactic story, but if a few water can erase a night at the bar, think what a cleaning agent can do.

How to Clean Shoes at Home

Here are six that you probably have around the house that will have clean your shoes, sandals, pumps, and tennis looking like new.

1. Toothpaste: For canvas shoes, put a tiny toothpaste on a cloth to clean away any marks. Just make sure to wipe off any excess with a clean, damp cloth afterward.

2. Nail Polish Remover: Scuffs on patent leather or sports shoes are no rivalry for nail polish remover. Add a small to a cotton ball to clean away marks. Since this method can be a little hard, make sure to apply baby medicine or petroleum jelly to the newly clean areas to preserve the shoe's material.

3. Petroleum Jelly: Add a little Vaseline to a cloth to quickly rub away sounds from patent leather shoes. Then just use a damp material to wipe any leftover goo off after.

4. Windex: Windex is not just for windows. This household staple also operates wonders on patent leather shoes. Just spray on a cloth and rub down shoes, it easily erases scuffs and makes shoes shine. Do not put leather shoes in the sun to dry, as this causes a blemish.

5. Rubber Erasers: Have scrape marks on cheap basketball shoes? Just erase them with a regular rubber eraser like the ones on the end of pencils.

6. Baby Shampoo: If your shoes are OK getting wet, put a baby shampoo on it and clean with a cloth till it is clean. Then just rinse with water and let your shoes air dry.

Here are some don’ts tips for keeping your shoes tip-top:

 Don't use a colored cloth to clean your shoes

 Don’t use a pressure washer! – Yes it seems mad, but it has been tried! Pressure washers will tear through running shoes, so don’t be influenced no matter how muddy they are!

 Don't squish the shoes into a bag or a pile bags or clothing on top of the shoes in the closet. It may ruin the shape of shoes.

Hopefully, this will help you to keep your trainers or running shoes clean, so they last a bit longer. If you have any question please leave a comment or send us messages.

  • Updated September 30, 2017
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