I wrote this for all you sneakerheads out there. The Converse wearers among us have been patiently waiting while I covered the cleaning of crocs, running shoes, and keds and toms here at CMS.

How to clean white Converse (and get rid of stains) and clean Converse rubber are among the topics I'll be covering today. And now I'm going to teach you how to make your own shoe cleaner! We can all attest to the exhilaration of donning a pair of freshly polished shoes for the first time.  

Melissa Maker in a pink shirt holding converse shoes

Converse shoe owners can rest easy: their footwear requires minimal maintenance. The laundry can be washed in the washing machine, saving you the trouble of hand-washing. But first, please read these instructions carefully.  

To begin, you can use laundry detergent or a fabric pretreater to pre-treat any stains you find on the canvas (the fabric part of your Converse). You should wait at least 10 minutes before washing that.  

Next, take off your shoelaces. Many people overlook the importance of cleaning shoelaces, despite the fact that they become just as grimy as the shoes themselves. The laces can be cleaned in the washing machine as well, but first they must be removed and placed in a delicates bag. All of the surfaces can be cleaned simultaneously, which is fantastic.  

You need to wash some tough fabric like towels, jeans, and work clothes alongside your delicates bag containing your shoelaces and Converse sneakers. You can get more dirt off your shoes with the help of these fabrics because they will scuff up against the shoe and work the dirt loose. Don't do this with fragile items; your shoes could damage them, and they won't get clean.  

Cleaning shoes is as simple as washing them in cold water with regular detergent. Additionally, if you'd like, you can toss in a tablespoon of oxygen bleach to the wash. Fabrics will be whiter and brighter, and foot odor removed from shoes, as I assume that if the outside needs cleaning, the inside does as well. Check out What is Oxygen Bleach? : Laundry Tips if you want to learn more about oxygen bleach in the laundry room, and try my homemade shoe powder if you need to mask odors in your shoes in between washings.  

Whenever you're done washing your clothes, hang your Converse up to dry. Make sure they get plenty of airflow by placing them in a sunny spot, if possible. Shoes can lose their form while drying; reshaping them with a mesh or other airy material will help prevent this.  

To refashion your footwear, simply stuff each pair with the breathable fabric. Consider the use of cardboard or tissue paper to maintain the form of brand new shoes upon purchase. That's the intended use for the mesh material. Towels and other non-breathable fabrics will soak up all the water, leaving your shoes to sit in the wetness forever. A breathable fabric is necessary for this task.  

And keep in mind that shoes take a while to dry, so don't do this if you plan on wearing them that day. My favorite way to clean and dry my Converse is in the afternoon sun. This way, the following morning, they can get right to work.  

Black converse in the grass

Cleaning shoes in general, and white shoes in particular, is a topic on which I frequently receive inquiries. There are countless outfits that would benefit from a pair of clean white shoes. They look great before they get dirty and stained, though. And that discoloration appears rather rapidly on white footwear.  

To a large extent, white Converse are treated the same way as Converse of any other color when it comes to cleaning. It's just that you need to be more careful about stains and bleaching. So, just do what it says in the final paragraph. However, you should always pre-treat stains and marks, and oxygen bleach is a must when washing your white Converse.  

Sometimes, when I wear white Converse and notice a small stain, but they aren't dirty enough to warrant a wash, I just treat the stain itself. In order to do this, I combine a few drops of dishwashing liquid with a few drops of warm water in a small bowl. So, I take a cleaning toothbrush, wet it with the cleaning solution, and gently scrub the stain. In between deep cleanings, this is effective on light stains.  

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I use a homemade sole cleaner to maintain the condition of my rubber soles. I do this by mixing some baking soda and dish soap into a paste. There is no specific recipe required here; you should achieve a paste-like texture. Add a bit of water if it seems too thick to you.  

Then, using a clean toothbrush and the paste, scrub the bottom of each shoe. Then I scrub it thoroughly and watch the grime, marks, and stains disappear. When I'm done, I give it a good rinse because I don't want any of that paste on the rubber soles of my shoes. So, that's all there is to it! Easy peasy

Converse are fantastic footwear options due to their stylish design and low maintenance requirements. Converse shoes, especially white and light colors, should be treated for stains before wearing. Bleach with oxygen is the most effective whitener and deodorizer.  

You can find more information on cleaning your shoes in The Ultimate UGG Boot Cleaning Guide, and if I haven't covered your favorite shoe type, let me know and I might add it to the list.

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