DIY: How to Clean Your Shoes at Home

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Have some time to clean some of your shoes? Have you also been putting it off for months because you just don’t feel like it? 

Same here. So let’s freshen up our shoe game now that we’ve got the time.

 

SNEAKERS

After a quick Google search, you’ll see that there are A LOT of ways to clean sneakers. Every “sneakerhead” seems to have their own technique, but if you’re like me and just want to give your shoes a fresh clean, here’s a simple and easy way to clean canvas shoes (like some Vans and Converse): 

Use an old toothbrush to scrub deep into your canvas using a cleaning paste (made up of equal parts baking soda and warm water). Let the shoes dry with the mixture still on, and then wipe away any excess baking soda pieces with a wet cloth. 

Some companies like Adidas and Vans have specific, more detailed instructions on how to clean their shoes, so a quick Google search before you start scrubbing wouldn’t hurt. 

 

RUNNING SHOES

Whether you wear your running shoes everyday or just use them at the gym, a good clean can’t hurt!

While cleaning running shoes are quite similar to cleaning sneakers, running shoes require a bit more care. Here’s a step by step: 

Create a mixture of equal parts baking soda and liquid washing detergent, mix, and scrub the mixture into the shoe’s canvas, heels, and soles.

Then, use a wet sponge and wipe off the excess soap on the shoes. 

If the shoes are a bit smelly, put some baking soda in the shoes overnight to absorb any odours. In the morning, shake the baking soda out of the shoes and voila. Fresh running shoes! 

 

HEELS (Patent Leather & More)

If you want to get rid of heel marks, it may be easier than you think.

Dab some acetone-free nail polish remover on a cotton ball and wipe over the scuff marks to remove them, but don’t keep it on too long, as it can damage the leather.

And to keep the leather from drying out, rub some petroleum jelly or baby oil over the area.

Here is a full list of ways to clean different types of heels from satin, to suede, to leather.

 

FLIP FLOPS

Some people might just throw out a dirty pair of flip flops and buy a new pair, but now isn’t the best time to be going flip flop shopping.

If you want to clean your flip flops - it’s quite simple.

Run warm water over them, and then sprinkle them with some baking soda. Let them sit for 5 minutes and take an old toothbrush to scrub them clean.

If you want to explore other ways to clean flip flops, here are some other suggestions which include putting them in the washing machine.

 

WINTER BOOTS

We don’t have a need for winter boots for the next little while (yay!), but cleaning them before putting them away in storage is always a good idea.

There are a lot of different types of boots and materials, so we suggest finding your exact pair and finding specific cleaning instructions. 

Here is a list of different boots and how to clean them.

 

There you have it! 

Getting the “new shoe look” is that easy, happy cleaning!