Ducks 'n a Row: How To Clean White Canvas Sneakers

09 March 2014

How To Clean White Canvas Sneakers

By Sinea Pies

clean white canvas sneakers with toothpaste

Simple solutions are the best, don't you agree?  My dilemma was that I was very short on cash and needed something to wear for our preschool "Pajama Day." As their teacher, it was important to my students that I fully take part in our fun day but I had nothing to wear. I needed a simple, inexpensive solution!

So, I ordered some very reasonably priced flannel pajamas from Amazon. They are bright turquoise and will look nice with my light green fluffy bathrobe. However, I could not bring myself to buy slippers that I would only wear once. White canvas tennis shoes were a perfect solution but mine were dirty. New ones? $39.00 I don't think so!  Simple solution?  Get my dirty canvas sneakers to be WHITE once more!


So, I surfed the net, pulled together some ideas and am happy to report that the toothpaste method worked!
clean sneakers with toothpaste

Here's how:
1. Dampen the sneakers with water and generously apply whitening toothpaste (white, not gel). I used Colgate whitening toothpaste with baking soda & peroxide.
2. Leave the sneakers sitting for 1-2 hours.
3. Fill sink with very hot water and soak the sneakers for another hour.
4. Scrub sneakers with brush and rinse.
5. Place sneakers in washing machine with similar colors.
6. Wash in warm water and laundry detergent.
7. Remove sneakers when load is complete and set out to dry for 24-48 hours.
8. Put some clean towels of similar color (white? light?) in the dryer and add the nearly-dry sneakers to them. 
9. Dry them the rest of the way. 
It was very very easy and, best of all, it worked! Mind you, my sneakers aren't NEW but they are clean! I forgot to mention, at the beginning of this process I removed the shoe strings from them and swathed them with toothpaste, as well. The shoe strings were washed in the same manner as the shoes.

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Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything purchased from Amazon through this website will result in a small commission for me. In advance, thank you.

Product Note: I used Colgate toothpaste and am very happy with the results. This post is simply my experience and not an official endorsement of any product.
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