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How To Clean Your White Converse

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Cleaning your white Converse

Ya’ll now that it is Summer being in style is a given am I right? I love my Converse, I got my first pair of White Shoreline’s that I haven’t worn since high school. Can you believe that? I don’t know if it’s between being a boy mom or being a stay at home mom but I’m more of a casual dresser. I’ve never been a huge sneaker person. I still stick to my style don’t get me know. You won’t catch me running after my toddler in a pair of flats. Plus, this Summer we have already been doing lots of activities. Also being able to be comfortable but look stylish is what I need nowadays.

With that being said I had already done a number on these sneakers. I’m sure I should’ve done this a couple times beforehand. I read another article where someone said they clean their converse after a couple of wears. Definitely, once I wear and tear these ones I’ll be doing just that. I will admit these current sneakers came out great. Plus it is such an easy process to do. I was so scared but it was so easy anyone can do. Make sure you unlace your sneakers. Don’t wash them laced up.

How to clean your white converse

Items you will need.

  1. Oxi Clean
  2. Clorox Bleach Pen
  3. Two Towels

Step 01.

Remove the laces. I have the Shorelines so my laces are knotted on the ends. I left them like that.

Step 02.

Lather the fabric of the sneakers with Oxi Clean. I still had the powder left at home but your welcome to use the gel  kind as well.

Step 03.

Don’t use any type of bleach product.

Step 04.

Wrap each shoe separately in a towel. I also wrapped a single lace with each shoe as well.

Step 05.

Run the shoes on a delicate cycle.

Step 06.

Do not dry in dryer. Since they’re fabric there’s no telling what could happen.

Since it’s Summer I just put them on my deck and let them air dry.

Step 07.

Voila all done. I did have 1 small dirt spot which is why I stated that’s why you can use the bleach pen. Just waiting until after the whole process is over and done with and you can do it. You don’t want the Converse tag to run.

Converse and Oxiclean

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  1. robin rue
    July 6, 2017 / 9:01 AM

    Mine are pink, but DEFINITELY need a cleaning. They are filthy! I love how yours look brand new again!

  2. karlenaclifford
    July 6, 2017 / 10:20 AM

    They look new! I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing ?

    • Jalisa
      July 13, 2017 / 2:43 PM

      Your welcome.

  3. July 6, 2017 / 1:38 PM

    That is a great way to keep the shoes looking brand new. I will use these techniques for any canvas shoe I have and keep them white.

  4. July 6, 2017 / 3:13 PM

    Love these tips! The girls that I nanny have white converse and wear them to the barn so they are SO dirty–definitely sharing this with them!

  5. July 6, 2017 / 3:19 PM

    I always clean the bottoms of mine with a magic eraser but never know what to do with the fabric. This is the perfect solution!

  6. July 6, 2017 / 5:37 PM

    Honestly, I am always so scared to buy white shoes because I would have had no idea how to clean them without having it done professionally. Now I may have to buy some and use your tips! Thanks!!

    • Jalisa
      July 13, 2017 / 2:43 PM

      haha I can totally relate.

  7. July 6, 2017 / 6:45 PM

    Thanks for the great tips! I’m definitely trying this out on my shoes.

  8. July 6, 2017 / 7:04 PM

    I get stains on clothes all the time! Thanks for the tip on a good stain remover. I needed one!

  9. Jessica Joachim
    July 6, 2017 / 8:00 PM

    They came so clean! It is always so hard to keep white shoes looking fresh, but this is awesome!

  10. July 6, 2017 / 8:12 PM

    mine are blue! but they need some cleaning i will use your method with oxy clean as it can be use with white or color fabric.

    • Jalisa
      July 13, 2017 / 2:42 PM

      Omg yes definitely.

  11. kim
    July 6, 2017 / 9:34 PM

    I needed this! My son’s are awful! He has worn his so badly. Now I also need a solution for my Hunter boots too, lol. Great tips.

  12. July 7, 2017 / 1:10 AM

    This is awesome – white shoes look great until they get dirty and then they look horrible! so I always question where to buy them but if it’s this simple to clean I should do it!

  13. rhianwestbury
    July 7, 2017 / 2:38 AM

    I’ve always steered clear from white converse because I worry they’d get dirty but it’s amazing how easy they are to clean x

  14. July 7, 2017 / 5:40 AM

    I just got some of these shoes and haven’t cleaned them yet. I’ve also heard of people using a toothbrush and toothpaste. I like how they look sparkling white.

  15. July 7, 2017 / 8:39 AM

    Your shoes look brand new again! I can probably apply this to my little old Keds.

    • Jalisa
      July 13, 2017 / 2:41 PM

      Oh definitely. I feel like any tennies or fabric shoes would benefit from this.

  16. July 7, 2017 / 9:47 AM

    I used to dry my converse in the dryer, back in the day. They’d shrink up and feel tight for a day or two. However, it has been years since I did that, who knows what it might look like now!

  17. July 7, 2017 / 1:27 PM

    This looks so easy! I’ve avoided white shoes for years because of this.

    • Jalisa
      July 13, 2017 / 2:40 PM

      I thought it would be so hard or I would mess it up but it was so easy.

  18. July 7, 2017 / 2:14 PM

    I never have white shoes because they are so hard to get clean. These are some great tips to cleaning white shoes.

  19. July 7, 2017 / 2:40 PM

    This is interesting. I also viewed a how to like this before but that was different coz one does not have to let the shoes get well. Your idea is better!

  20. July 7, 2017 / 2:45 PM

    This brings back so many memories of when I use to wear Keds. It was so hard to keep them clean, which is why I tend to shy away from white shoes, but with these tips I now know how to keep them from going yellow.

  21. July 7, 2017 / 3:58 PM

    Wow really?! The last time that you had these pair was in high school?!! But it does not really look old. It is proof that Converse can stand the test of time.

  22. July 7, 2017 / 5:07 PM

    I love oxiclean, it really does work so well. It did an amazing job on your shoes!

  23. July 8, 2017 / 3:34 PM

    Awesome to know! I love oxiclean we have some in our basement that I’ve never used but this would be a great use for it! – Jeanine

    • Jalisa
      July 10, 2017 / 8:09 AM

      I had like 2 whole bottles too.

  24. July 10, 2017 / 5:31 AM

    love this. recently googled it as I didn’t want to buy another pair, but clean my existing.thanks for sharing.

    • Jalisa
      July 10, 2017 / 8:09 AM

      That was exactly what happened to me. I just bought mine back in June and they were already so dirty. I didn’t want to spend the money on them again haha

    • Jalisa
      July 11, 2017 / 9:29 AM

      Your welcome.

  25. July 11, 2017 / 5:47 PM

    I will have to try this! I hate how dirty my shoes get especially now that I’m chasing a toddler around all the time!

  26. August 23, 2017 / 12:42 PM

    I need to try this. So when you wrap your shoes in the towel, do you secure the towel or does it stay put in the towel not tied up, which seems like it wouldn’t…Thanks!

    • Jalisa
      August 23, 2017 / 12:46 PM

      For the most part the towel is for the shoes so they don’t get banged up in the washer. I’ve found that they don’t normally come out of the towel if I use a bigger towel than a smaller one.

  27. May 31, 2018 / 3:05 PM

    Great hack! I just washed two pairs of my hub’s Converse, wish I knew this a few days ago! Might have to do a repeat…

    • Jalisa
      June 1, 2018 / 3:03 PM

      It literally works like a charm.

  28. August 10, 2019 / 12:04 PM

    Thanks for these tips! I super need to clean a pair of white sneakers, but was not sure how to get started!!!

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