On a hot summer day, you’ve got your cool-coloured clothing paired with your beige Brenda. But wait a minute, someone turned around and stepped on your shoes! Now you’ve got an unseemingly dark mark on your once perfect slip-ons.
You get home and try every possible method to get them looking brand new again. However, every YouTube video you find tells you to use Hydrogen Peroxide! You continue to search for more because not every household has this laying around in their house, and the last thing you would want to do is make another trip to the store.
So what are some of the household items we can use to clean your light-coloured shoes?
It works like magic, trust. All you have to do is apply some toothpaste to an old toothbrush and dip it in some warm water. And start to gently scrub the dirty spots. Then wipe off the toothpaste with a warm, damp towel. Repeat the process a few times and you will see some great results.
Another household item used for cleaning is baking soda, almost every household has some. To use this, mix baking soda with warm water and mix it and turn it into a paste. The ratio should be 1:1. Put it on the blemish and wipe it off after 10-15 minutes with a damp cloth.
This method is used against more tough stains and is not recommended for shoes that aren’t compatible with water.
First, scrub the dirty areas with warm water and a toothbrush. Then soak the shoes in vinegar and warm water, 1:1 ratio. The next day, apply the baking soda to the visible stains and scrub. Repeat until no stains are visible. Lastly, wash the shoes with warm water 2-3 times and the vinegar smell should be gone after a few washes, or you can wait for the smell to lighten before wearing.
Maintenance and Prevention
Cleaning them can be painful. That's why after a few wears, it should be gently cleaned. But be careful not to over-clean the shoes since they can be damaged.
Confident enough to buy a light-coloured pair of shoes for yourself?