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How To Clean Your Shoes
It’s always frustrating when getting mud, dirt, and road dust on our shoes, especially if they are light or white in color…or new even! Here’s our tried and true method for how to clean your shoes in five easy steps.
Step #1: Remove Your Shoe Laces
Removing your shoelaces will make it easier to thoroughly clean your shoes. After removing your shoe laces, let them soak separately in a small container filled with warm water and a bit of detergent.
Step #2: Rinse In Cold Water
Drench your white shoes in cold water (cold water prevents any stains from setting in or any colors from running). You can either rinse them under a running faucet or put them into a large bucket or basin of cold water.
Step #3: Make A Paste With Baking Soda And Vinegar
Next, mix two parts baking soda with three parts white vinegar in a glass or plastic bowl to create a thin, foamy paste. Note: Do not use a metal bowl or spoon during the process. Metal will react negatively to the vinegar. Need an alternative to baking soda and vinegar? Trying using powder laundry detergent or liquid laundry detergent.
Step #4: Scrub Away
Thoroughly scrub the white fabric on your shoes with the baking soda/vinegar paste (or detergent) using a clean toothbrush or nail brush. Make sure you scrub the entire canvas surface of the shoes, focusing on any dirty areas.
#Step 5: Rinse In Cold Water
Thoroughly rinse the paste off of your shoes with cold water.
#Step 6: Toss Your Shoes Into The Washing Machine
Place your shoes inside the washing machine with detergent. Run the machine on a full cycle with cold water. If you are worried about your shoes banging around the washing machine, then you can wrap them in a laundry bag before placing them in the machine.
#Step 7: Let Your Shoes Air Dry After Washing
Post washing machine, let your shoes air dry and do not place them in the dryer or near excessive heat. The heat will result in the shoes losing their shape.
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