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Old 08-23-2017, 10:00 AM
 
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I have two pairs of white sneakers that have gotten dirty and want to get them cleaner. i looked up how to do it and i put them in a pillowcase and then in the washing machine with a towel in there too so they don't clunk around. they didn't get any cleaner!! what else can i do? what if i scrub them with oxyclean or something?
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I think that washing them makes them look better but not brand new.

I used to be able to buy "shoe polish" made specifically for white sneakers. That stuff worked well to make them look new-ish, if it is still available. It fixes the color, but does not fix the shape of a worn shoe.

Shoe trees keep leather shoes in new shape but I have never heard of anyone trying those with sneakers.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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I soak mine in the washing machine with soap and Clorox. Let the water fill up, shut it off and open the lid. Let them soak for an hour or more (don't breath the fumes!!).

You can also take a nail brush and scrub them if they need it, but wear rubber gloves (those yellow ones sold by the dish soap).

Let them sit out and dry for several days before you wear them. Don't put them in the dryer!
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Whitening shoe compound. It's thinner than traditional shoe polish, and comes in a bottle with a sponge-tip applicator. It won't make them look new if they're very worn, but it will brighten the white up noticeably.

I don't wear white sneakers, but I did as a kid, and used this. My husband is Navy and uses it on the shoes he wears when they wear the choker whites.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:51 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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I soak mine in the washing machine with soap and Clorox. Let the water fill up, shut it off and open the lid. Let them soak for an hour or more (don't breath the fumes!!).

You can also take a nail brush and scrub them if they need it, but wear rubber gloves (those yellow ones sold by the dish soap).

Let them sit out and dry for several days before you wear them. Don't put them in the dryer!
As a nurse, we all wore white tennis shoes back in the day (after the white "nurse shoes", but that's another story ).

Put them in the washing machine. Leather or canvas, it works. I've never put them in a pillowcase or anything. Just throw them in with an old towel or two. You can try the bleach trick if they're really bad, but be sure there's not a colorful insole that can bleed color.

I like to put them in the sun to dry. It helps freshen as well as brighten the shoes. I actually do this with all colors, not just white ones. The only problem I've ever had was earlier this year when I put some nearly new white Keds in the wash. I didn't use any bleach, and the blue insole bled all over the canvas shoes.
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