The importance of a good pair of white sneakers in a summer wardrobe is understated. A pair of white sneakers is a great choice for any activity, whether you're going to the beach, the movies, or out for drinks with a friend in the afternoon.

Mesh shoes have become increasingly popular in recent years, and we can see why. What you have here is a sneaker (or a boot) with all the advantages and none of the drawbacks of the genre. Mesh shoes are a great option if you're looking for something that won't weigh you down and will keep your feet cool and odor-free. Just make sure to keep the white color intact so that you can wear them for both fashion and exercise. This is the method we suggest you use.

There are benefits and drawbacks to taking care of mesh shoes because they are made from plastics rather than woven fabrics. While white mesh shoes are less likely to turn yellow than canvas shoes after being washed in a washing machine, they are more likely to suffer damage due to the process. If you insist on machine washing your mesh shoes, do so on a gentle cycle and in a mesh laundry bag designed for delicates.

Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, and we agree wholeheartedly when it comes to the topic of clean shoes. Take care of your shoes so you won't have to resort to extreme measures like throwing them in the washing machine to clean them.

  1. If you wear mesh-toed shoes, you should always wear thick, high-quality socks to prevent sweat stains and odors.
  2. If you care about the shape, color, and smell of your white mesh shoes, you should avoid getting them wet.
  3. Protect your new or recently cleaned white mesh shoes from stains and water by applying stain repellent first.
  4. Be sure to powder your feet and footwear with foot powder before slipping into them.
  5. To quickly and easily remove small marks while on the go, pack a white art eraser and some cleaning wipes.

You might ask, "But what if my shoes are already dirty?"

If, despite your best efforts, your white mesh shoes have become stained and dingy and you wish you knew how to get them clean again, this article is for you.

Keep in mind that the mesh is a delicate material that will break if you treat it roughly.

Because of this, you should clean your shoes with soft bristled brushes and use gentle, circular motions, relying on time and repetition rather than hard scrubbing, to remove stubborn marks and stains.

To get started with any of these techniques, unlace your white mesh shoes. Whether you choose to wash your laces by hand or in the machine, we recommend placing them in a small laundry bag to prevent them from tangling.

Step 1: Use Soapy Water

  1. Take off the laces and use a soft bristled brush to clean the inside and outside of your shoes, making sure to get rid of any loose dust or dirt.
  2. Afterwards, use a damp cloth to clean the shoes. This will help you determine which spots need additional cleaning effort.
  3. Scrub the shoes in a circular motion with a mixture of dish soap and hot water using an old toothbrush with soft bristles.
  4. To help the soap get rid of the stains and marks, you can soak the shoes in lukewarm water, but keep in mind that the longer they soak, the longer it will take for them to dry.
  5. Soap may not remove all stains, so spray the shoes with stain remover and give them a gentle scrub if you still see some.
  6. If the above methods fail to remove all stains and marks, you can try spraying white vinegar on the remaining dirt spots and letting the shoes bleach in the sun.
  7. Make sure your white mesh shoes are completely dry before wearing them again by leaving them in a warm, dry place or by letting them dry in the sun. Leave them for 2 days if they got drenched while being washed. White paper towel can help absorb water and reform the shape of your shoes as they dry.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (Method 2)

  1. Take off the laces and clean your shoes thoroughly by brushing and wiping away any dust or dirt that has settled in.
  2. Create a paste by combining half a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, half a tablespoon of water, and one tablespoon of baking soda.
  3. Rub the solution all over the shoes with a soft bristled toothbrush, paying extra attention to the grimiest areas, and do this in a circular motion.
  4. After 30 minutes, rinse the shoes thoroughly and let them dry completely in the mixture.

Third Approach: Bleach Water

Bleach can damage almost any surface if used carelessly or too frequently; use caution when applying it.

  1. Take off your shoes, brush off any loose dirt, and wipe them down.
  2. Be sure to dilute the bleach with water, using a ratio of 1 part bleach to 5 parts water.
  3. Wearing gloves is recommended when working with bleach, so please do so now.
  4. Use a soft bristled toothbrush dipped in the bleach solution to scrub the white mesh shoes gently in a circular motion.
  5. When you're sure all the dirt is gone, give the shoes a good rinsing and let them dry completely before putting them on.

The Fourth Approach: Using White Toothpaste

  1. Put some cash aside and pick up a tube of white, non-gel toothpaste.
  2. Take off your shoes, brush off any loose dirt, and wipe them down.
  3. Get some water in your white mesh shoes and scrub them with the white toothpaste in small, circular motions.
  4. Use a damp cloth to remove as much toothpaste as you can from the shoes.
  5. Please wait until it is completely dry to put it on.

OxiClean is the fifth technique.

  1. Take off the laces and clean your shoes by brushing or wiping away any debris.
  2. When mixed with water, OxiClean (or another effective stain remover) can be gently scrubbed onto your white mesh shoes to remove any stains.
  3. Clean and air dry the footwear.

Technique No. 6: Shoe-Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your shoes is a breeze with the help of a convenient shoe cleaning kit. Spend your money at your own risk on this method of cleaning shoes, which is more expensive and has mixed reviews.


Watch this video to see examples of some of the suggested cleaning techniques:

Now that you've given those white mesh shoes a good cleaning, you can go back out into the world. Enjoy