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The Quintessential Canvas Sneaker Cleanup

The Quintessential Canvas Sneaker Cleanup

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Have no fear, that ratty old pair of sneakers you can't let go of just yet is in the clear for a little while longer. This step-by-step guide will surely bring your kicks back to life! Read on for some sneaker saving tips!

*Fair warning: not all shoes will make it out looking refreshed. You have to to be realistic here—if they're that bad, please, just replace them! Options include these Keds, $45.00 at JCPenny or Converse, $50.00 at Zappos.com. Hey, a little shopping trip never hurt anyone!

What You'll Need:

Dirty sneakers

A deep sink or a wash basin

Baking soda

Clear, white vinegar (NOT red or balsamic, for obvious reasons)


Washing machine

Mesh laundry bags


The Process:

1. Remove laces: Soak them in warm, soapy water. Or you know, just buy a new pair, $2.09 at Rakuten!

2. Rinse shoes in cold water: Keyword: COLD. A warm or hot rinse will set stains, making it harder to get your sneakers looking clean. Use the washing basin (or sink) to get your sneaks completely soaked.

3. Make a cleaning paste: Combine two parts baking soda and three parts vinegar to form a thin, foamy paste. Example, two tbsp baking soda mixed with three tbsp vinegar.

4. Scrub away spots: Using an old toothbrush, scrub the entire surface of your scuffed up sneaks. Pay extra attention to darker spots.

5. Rinse again in cold: This step is important to keep your washing machine safe, also it will make the sneakers less sudsy

6. Optional: Hit tough stains again (using the same paste, or simply whip up a little bit more).

7. Toss shoes in the washing machine: Use a little detergent and place on the rinse cycle. The detergent will help get rid of the vinegar smell! Optional: Wrap shoes up in a mesh or cloth laundry bag to prevent rigorous banging.

8. Air dry: It's important to put shoes in a warm and sunny space to bask in the heat, so they can dry for a clean and fresh look.

That's all she wrote. It's not too hard to keep your sneakers looking good as new with these little life hacks—big savings in your wallet, and you can sport your faves for an extra few months!

Have you tried these tips? Do your sneakers look as good as new?

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