Washing Your Dirty White Sneakers In The Washing Machine Doesn’t Work. Here Is A Hack To Bring Your Kicks Back To Life


We’ve all done it–put our grubby white shoes into the washing machine hoping they’ll come out good as new. And we’re always disappointed. THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY! Yes, yes there is my virtual friend. You can get your old Jordans back in near-new shape using supplies you can probably find at home.

The hack has been brought forth by the folks at Daily Mail, and promises to deliver results. Try the following:

Use white nail polish to cover scratches. 

Some scratches can’t be washed off, especially if your kicks are a bit old and have crevices. A little nail polish will go a long way in evening out the tone.

Use diluted bleach.

Make a solution of bleach diluted with plenty of water.

Dip your toothbrush in the diluted bleach solution and scrub the shoes gently. Rinse with warm water when you’re finished

Use vinegar to get rid of stains.

Apply vinegar to a clean cloth to effectively rub away shoe stains.

Use a toothbrush.

For the hard-to-reach stains, get in there nice and deep-like with your roommate’s toothbrush, a mild soap and warm water.

Use gentle shampoo on oil stains. 

Simple, yet effective.

Avoid sun exposure.

Store your white kicks in a cool, dark place as sun exposure can leave them with an ugly yellowish tinge.


If you are missing any of the ingredients above, a Twitter user named Sarah Tracey shared her sneaker cleaning hack. You’ll need: water, baking soda, detergent, toothbrush, and baby powder. The proof is in the pics:

The process, laid out by Daily Mail, is as follows:

The first step, she said, was to rinse the shoes with water. Next was the cleaning mix made with a ratio of 1:1.5 baking soda to detergent, scrubbed into the shoes with a toothbrush.

After this, the shoes should be left to sit ‘for a while’ before rinsed once again. Then, they should be thrown into the washing machine.

Once out of the washer, the shoes are dusted with baby powder and left to dry.

So there you have it, bros. Instead of paying $100 for a new pair of kicks, spend an hour and get them back into fighting shape. Godspeed and best of luck.

[h/t Daily Mail]

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