How-To Clean White Leather Sneakers

There are few things in life as trustworthy as a pair of white tennis shoes or sneakers. They're comfortable. They look good with everything. And they're great for any situation: trips around town, hanging out with your friends, even weddings, for some adventurous folk. So what do you do when some clumsy stranger on the street unwittingly steps upon the beautiful, bright face of your white sneakers? What do you do when the cold, cruel world deigns to soil your white tennis shoes with all sorts of dirt and filth? What do you do when the powers that be try to tell your white shoes, "No, you cannot shine as bright as you please"? You learn how to clean your white sneakers, that's what.

  1. Wipe off any loose dirt, mud, grass, debris.
  2. Wet the outsides of your shoes with a damp cloth or paper towel. Your shoes shouldn't be soaked, just wet enough to allow toothpaste to foam.
  3. Toothpaste is a surprisingly effective cleaner on leather shoes. Dab a small amount of toothpaste onto your shoes, particularly around any bad stains or scuffs. Rub it in with your fingers.
  4. Scrub any stains and dirt away with an old toothbrush.
  5. When you're finished, wipe away the dirt and toothpaste with a wet cloth or paper towel.
  6. Dry your shoes initially with a dry cloth or dry paper towels. Then let them sit and dry indoors, away from direct sunlight.
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