White-soled sneakers are all the rage in the fashion world, forget about people who actually exercise. The issue is, white-soled sneakers are hard to keep in near-new condition, which means pretty much as soon as you get them out of the box, you’ll be committing a fashion faux pas. Even if you wear your running shoes for working out, you still want them to look on point. So, here’s how to clean running shoes and keep those white soles looking white!
Cleaning White Running Shoe Soles
- 1 part Baking Soda
- 1 part Laundry Detergent.
Mix this well and apply to the dirty areas on your sole with a cleaning toothbrush. Scrub well until the area looks clean. Finally, take a clean sponge or cloth, dip it in water and wipe away the soapy area to ensure all of the cleaning solution comes off. This is important since you don’t want your clean soles to have any leftover soap residue left behind. Dry with a microfiber cloth. There are some people that suggest using a Magic Eraser to do this job, I haven’t tried this because I don’t want to potentially ruin the soles of my shoes (these erasers are quite abrasive). If you do want to try this, make sure you test it in an inconspicuous area first.
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How To Clean Your Running Shoes
Because there are so many brands and styles there are lots of different rules about cleaning your running shoes. The first step is to find out what the manufacturer of your shoes specifically recommends. Some materials simply cannot get wet, so cleaning them may not be an option! However, here are some general guidelines on how to clean running shoes.
- Begin by removing dirt. Choose a dry brush with softish bristles, tip your shoe down and start to brush the dirt off, letting it fall to the ground.
- Mix up a solution of: 1 teaspoon of laundry detergent, and 1 cup of water.
- Dip a cleaning toothbrush into this solution and begin to clean the mesh, fabric and rubber areas by simply brushing in the solution.
- When done, take a clean sponge or cloth dipped in water and wipe off any suds.
- Allow to air dry naturally.
- Alternatively, some running shoes can simply be machine washed, so… easy-peasy!
So now you know how to clean your running shoes and keep them looking—and smelling—on point!
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