Sunday 1 September 2013

Tips, Tools & Techniques - Cleaning Converse Shoes!

Hello! Here's our regular feature where we share tips, tools & techniques that have caught our eye, things we have Pinned, and things we have tried. These are probably not going to change your life(!) but might make it a bit easier...
After a  good year or so of playing in parks, going to the beach, and some great gigs & festivals, (not to mention every day wear... and dingy nightclub wear!!), my trainers were in need of a good clean up. This is the "after" pic! They turned out great (PS. I don't normally wear my jeans like this of course - it's to show off our good work!!)

I haven't had much success with throwing my trainers in the washing machine before, and I couldn't be doing with using any harsh chemicals. Luckily Pinterest came to the rescue with this great post by Learning to Be Me using everyone's favourite ingredients: Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) and Vinegar!!

This is how we adapted the instructions:

  • Bicarbonate of Soda (2 parts)
  • White Vinegar (1 part)
  • Hot Water (1 part)
  • An old toothbrush, cloths etc

Mix the ingredients to form a paste and then scrub your trainers where they need it (all over on mine!!). Then just rinse off under a cold water tap. That's it! The longest part of this is waiting for them to dry. Make sure you allow enough time and weren't naively planning to wear them the same day...!!!

This is one of those "Wow, that was really needed" clean up projects!!!


  1. This is helpful, thanks for sharing!! My sneakers need cleaning - stat!
    Once I made the mistake of washing my sneakers and they turned yellow - ugh worst thing ever.

    1. You're welcome Del! I would definitely be too scared to put mine in!! xx

  2. Great tip! The shoes look brand new!
    Thanks for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Have a wonderful day!

    Katie @

  3. This is SO helpful! Thank you! I gave up cleaning my shoes since I was in middle school and thought it a good idea to use Shout! on them to whiten them and completely ruined my $60 vans! They were, indeed, whit but every time I wore them my feet wreaked something awful. I only used those shoes a handful of times and had to throw them away, no matter how many times I washed them the smell just wouldn't go away. Anywho, (long story, sorry. lol) this was helpful. Thanks again for linking up to last weeks party. :)

  4. Great final results! Tip from me: Pour half a bottle of rubbing alcohol on the outside of the shoes and let them sit for at least five minutes, killing any present bacteria. Be careful not to use an alcohol-based solution with more than 10% water, because this may water damage the shoes


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