Keeping your white shoes and trainers free of scuffs and stains can seem like a losing battle. Even when you’re careful, it’s normal for white shoes to change colour over time. But there are many unusual allies to help you clean white shoes — from white nail polish to Jif cream. Here are some secret ingredients you may not have considered.
How to clean white sneakers with Jif cream
Jif is a highly versatile cleaner that you can apply to all types of shoes — canvas sneakers, rubber soles and synthetic leather. Squirt a drop of Jif onto a cloth or toothbrush and lather it onto the stain. Rinse with water. Once washed, hang your sneakers up to dry.
How to clean white converse with bleach and baking soda
Bleach is a powerful whitener and so it’s no surprise that it’s ideal for battling canvas fabric that becomes faded and discoloured over time. Take a spoonful of hydrogen peroxide, bicarbonate of soda and water and mix into a paste using an old toothbrush. Cover the stains with the mixture and leave to dry in the sun. Once dried, scrunch up the laces to remove dried paste and brush off excess residue.
How to wash white shoes with detergent and baking soda
This is a variation on the above for canvas shoes but using detergent instead of bleach. Mix one and a half tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of detergent and mix together with a toothbrush. Scrub the canvas sneakers with the mixture using the toothbrush and leave for 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the surface of your shoes with clean water (don’t put this in a washer as this can shrink your shoes) and then leave to dry.