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How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home?

by Fajar Sugiarto December 24, 2022 10 min read

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home | New Balance 550

How do you clean white sneakers at home? It's a question repeatedly asked, and the answer is sometimes unclear. In this day and age, just about everyone wears sneakers. Whether you're a workout enthusiast, a busy mom, or need a slip-on shoe for running errands, bright white shoes are a perfect choice.

They go with anything, they're comfortable and versatile and let's face it, they look good. The only problem is that keeping them looking clean can be a challenge. But don't worry; We have made this simple step-by-step guide to help you.

This blog post will share tips on cleaning white sneakers at home, ensuring safeness and effectiveness by using this method for sneakers for women, men and even your kid's sneakers.

We will also provide a detailed guide on cleaning shoes using different methods to make your sneakers look new. So whether you have a pair of white New Balance, Converse, Nike, Adidas, or even expensive kicks like the Gucci Ace sneakers, read on for the best way to clean them.

Steps To Clean White Sneakers

From our four years of experience and loads of trial and error, household cleaning solutions such as bleach, dishwashing liquid and oxy-action agents are unsuitable for cleaning your sneakers. The effects have been evident that the harshness of these products can discolour and damage delicate leathers and especially suede.

Before And After Results

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Before and After

What will you need? 

Aether Care Premium Sneaker Cleaning Kit

1. Remove Excess Dirt And Dust With A Stiff Brush

Dirt and dust can accumulate on sneakers, making them look dirty and old. You can use a stiff brush to remove this excess dirt and dust. Start by brushing the loose dirt and dust off the sneakers' surface.

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Remove Excess Dirt And Dust With A Stiff Brush
How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Remove Excess Dirt And Dust With A Stiff Tooth Brush
How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Use A Tooth Brush

If there is any caked-on dirt or mud, you can use a soft, damp cloth to help loosen it up. Once you remove the soil, brush the shoes to remove any remaining water or moisture.

2 - Scrub Away Any Remaining Dirt Or Stains Using Aethers Sneaker Cleaning Solution

Once the shoes have been soaked, any remaining dirt or stains should be easy to scrub away using the Aether Sneaker Cleaning solution. The Aether Sneaker coconut oil extract solution is excellent for removing dirt and stains from all types of shoes.

Apply a small amount of Aether Care cleaning solution onto the brush.

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Step-By-Step To Clean Sneakers

Working in a circular motion scrub away by starting on the undersole, the dirtiest part of the sneaker and repeating the same process on the midsole.

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Synthetic Brush

Wipe down the excess dirt and water with the microfibre cloth to check for any dirt or stains that require more work. Once you are satisfied with the undersole and midsole. Re-apply Aether sneaker cleaning solution on the synthetic brush on tougher materials such as canvas and harder leather.

3 - Use the Premium Hogs Hair Brush On Delicate Materials

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: Premium Hogs Hair Brush

Use the premium hogs hair brush on fabric tongues, suede, mesh and soft leather to which the premium brush has been designed.

Clean Delicate Materials With Premium Hogs Hair Brush

Get into the nooks and crannies of the sneaker by using a used toothbrush to get into the finer details in between the thread and areas where the synthetic and premium brush can not reach.

Use Synthetic Brush And Hogs Hair Brush To Clean White Sneakers

Aether sneaker cleaning solution is formulated with a coconut extract and is safe and easy to use rejuvenating all materials, including leather, suede, canvas, and nylon.

3 - Wipe Down Your Sneakers And Let Them Air Dry

After scrubbing your sneakers:

  1. Wipe down the remaining excess water and dirt with the microfibre cloth.
  2. Let the shoe air dry in a shady well-ventilated area.

Do not place your sneakers in the dryer as this will deform and damage the materials and adhesives. Once completely dry, your sneakers should look clean and new!

4 - Put Them Back On And Admire Your Clean White Sneakers!

Now that your sneakers are clean, you can put them back on and enjoy showing them off! Be sure to clean them regularly to keep them looking their best.

How Do You Clean White Sneakers At Home: End Result

Tips On How To Keep Your White Sneakers Clean for a Longer Time

1 - Waterproof Spray

Apply two (2) even coats over the entire sneaker and let it dry. The waterproofer will act as a barrier against dirt and debris, ensuring the leather does not discolour.

Waterproof Your White Sneakers With Aether Care Spray Protector

2 - Use a Magic Eraser To Spot-Clean Stains And Blemishes

If you have a Magic Eraser, you can quickly and easily remove any unsightly marks from your shoes. Dampen the eraser and rub it over the affected area. The eraser will lift away the dirt and grime and won't damage your shoes' finish.

Tooth Brush To Clean White Sneakers
Tooth Brush To Clean Hard To Reach Places

3 - Use a Toothbrush to Get Hard-to-Reach Areas

Try using a toothbrush or shoebrush if you're having trouble cleaning your shoes in hard-to-reach areas. These brushes are designed to reach tight spaces and help dislodge any dirt or debris lodged in your shoes.

Clean White Sneakers With Shoebrush
Clean White Sneakers With Shoebrush In Hard To Reach Places
Use Toothbrush and Shoebrush
Clean Shoe Laces
Clean White Sneakers Laces With Old Toothbrush

4 - Cleanse White Laces by Rinsing Them With Warm Water

If your white laces look a bit grubby, you can clean them by soaking them in a mixture of warm water and coconut extract cleaning solution in a bowl of warm water and let the laces soak for 15 minutes. After washing, rinse the laces with cold water and allow them to air dry. Use the microfibre cloth and run the laces through the fabric in a pulling motion.

5 - Stuff the Shoes With Paper Towels to Speed Up the Drying Process After Cleaning

You can stuff your shoes with paper towels to help speed up the drying process. Crumple up a few sheets of paper towel and insert them into your shoes. The paper towels will absorb excess moisture and help your shoes dry faster.

6 - Cleaning Oil Stains

If you've got an oil stain on your shoes, apply the coconut extract cleaning solution to remove it. Apply the solution to a clean microfibre cloth, work in a circular motion to break down the oils, and help to lift the stain. You may need to repeat this process several times to obliterate the colour.

7 - Always Store Them Indoors To Avoid Too Much Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure can cause your shoes to fade and become discoloured. To avoid this, always store your shoes in a cool, dark place when they're not being worn. If you must keep them in the sun, rotate them, so they all get equal amounts of sunlight.

Now, you know how to clean your favourite white sneaker be sure to check back in with other cleaning tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of cleaning product is best for white shoes?

When it comes to cleaning white shoes, the type of cleaning product you use is key. Different materials and fabrics may require different solutions to effectively clean them without damaging them. This can be a difficult decision to make, as there are many products on the market that claim they will do the job, but knowing which one is best for your shoes is essential.

When selecting a cleaning product for your white shoes, there are two main types to consider: natural and chemical-based cleaners. Natural cleaners are usually made from ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice.

These ingredients can help remove dirt and grime without causing damage to the material or fabric of your shoes. Our cleaning solution is made up of natural ingredients such as coconut extract and de-ionized water.

Chemical-based cleaners tend to contain harsher chemicals that may be more effective in removing tough stains but can also have a detrimental effect on your shoes if used too often or incorrectly.

It's important to read the manufacturer's instructions before using any cleaner on your white shoes as some materials may not respond well to certain solutions or require special treatment like handwashing or air-drying.

Additionally, spot-testing a small area of the shoe prior to use will give you an indication of whether it’s suitable for the material or not. With this information in mind, you can then choose an appropriate cleaner that will leave your shoes looking their best while still being gentle enough not to damage them. Our cleaning solution is hard on dirt but gentle on shoe materials.

In summary, when cleaning white shoes it is important to select a cleaning product that is suitable for both the material and fabric of your shoe.

Natural products tend to be less harsh than chemical-based ones and reading the manufacturer's instructions before use should ensure that you get the best results with minimal damage caused by incorrect application methods or unsuitable solutions.

How often should I clean my white shoes?

When it comes to white shoes, cleaning them can be a bit of a chore. But how often should you be doing this task? Most people are unsure, and the answer will depend on the type of shoe and its use. In general, however, it's best to clean your white shoes once every two weeks.

If you wear white shoes for everyday activities such as going to work or school, you'll need to clean them more frequently than if they're just worn occasionally.

If your white shoes are used daily, then aim for once a week when washing them with our cleaning solution mixed with water.  Spraying our Impervious spray will keep dirt, dust and grime at bay while also helping to prevent discolouration and staining.

On the other hand, if the white shoes are only worn occasionally - perhaps for special occasions or events - then they can go longer between washes. Every two weeks should be enough in this case since there won't be as much dirt build-up over time. You can also spot-clean any areas that accumulate more dirt or grime with a damp cloth as needed during this time period.

No matter how often you clean your white shoes, it's important to remember that regular care is essential for keeping these items looking their best and lasting longer. Taking care of your footwear properly will ensure that your shoes remain in good condition for years to come!

How do I remove stubborn stains from white shoes?

A. Removing stubborn stains from white shoes can be a challenging task. Whether it’s mud, grass or a spilled drink, these types of stains can be difficult to get out of. Fortunately, there are a few methods that can help you remove them quickly and effectively.

One way to tackle stubborn stains is by using a stain remover. Stain removers come in many forms, such as sprays, gels and liquids. Depending on the type of stain you’re trying to remove, you may need to use multiple different products or use our premium sneaker cleaning solution.

If the stain remains after using the homemade solution or store-bought product. You may need to use an abrasive cleaning agent like baking soda or powdered laundry detergent mixed with water.

Use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the mixture into the stain until it lifts away from the fabric. Afterwards, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any residue and let air dry completely before wearing your shoes again.

Can I use water to clean white shoes?

Cleaning white shoes can be tricky. Not only do you have to worry about the fabric, but you also must consider the type of stain and the best way to remove it. One common question is whether water can be used to clean white shoes.

The answer is yes, although it's important to take some precautions first. For starters, make sure that your shoes are made of a material that can safely be cleaned with water.

If they are leather or suede, for example, you should use a special cleaning agent instead of just using water. However, if your shoes are made of canvas or another form of cloth, then you're in luck. Good soaking will help loosen dirt and stains without damaging your shoes.

When using water on any type of shoe, apply it carefully and evenly with a damp cloth or sponge. Rubbing too hard could damage the fabric and cause discolouration or fading.

Additionally, if you use hot water on certain fabrics such as leather or suede, it could cause them to shrink or even crack! So be sure to use lukewarm water whenever possible.

Finally, after cleaning your shoes with water, remember to dry them completely before wearing them again. Water can be an effective way to clean white shoes so long as it is used properly and in conjunction with other cleaning agents when necessary.

What is the best way to dry white shoes after cleaning?

A. The best way to dry white shoes after cleaning is an important question to consider. Depending on the material of the shoe, there are different preferred methods to ensure that the shape and colour of the shoe remain intact.

For leather or faux-leather materials, it's best to let them air dry naturally - never use a hairdryer or other form of direct heat. Place newspaper inside the shoe and leave it at room temperature. This will help absorb extra moisture and keep the material from being stretched out by excess water.

For canvas or fabric shoes, you can use a towel to gently pat away any leftover water. Again, avoid using any direct heat because this can cause damage and deformity in the material. If possible, place your shoes outside in indirect sunlight so they can air dry without becoming too hot and damaging the material.

When it comes to drying white shoes, patience is key. It's essential not to rush through this step as doing so may cause harm to your shoes' appearance and quality. If you're using appropriate methods according to your shoe's material, you should be able to achieve great results without causing any damage!


It's important to keep your white shoes clean, so it's good to know how to do it properly. I recommend using a specialized cleaning product for the best results.

This can help your shoes look their best and last longer. Additionally, you should clean your white shoes regularly and use a brush or cloth to remove stubborn stains. Water can be used for light cleaning but avoid submerging the shoes in water as this could damage them.

Finally, make sure you dry your white shoes thoroughly after cleaning, preferably with a towel and some air circulation. Doing this will help prevent any damage or discolouration that could occur if the shoes stay wet for too long.

With these tips in mind, you can keep your white shoes looking bright and clean for years to come.

If this is too much effort for you and would rather have a professional clean your sneakers, then consider booking the Aether Care Cleaning Service to do the work for you.

Aether Care Cleaning service includes a complete cleaning treatment for multiple pairs with an option for in-store drop-off or local delivery so you can relax at home and know for certain that your well loved sneakers will be returned in pristine condition.

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