White shoes are always a chic wardrobe piece. They can freshen and brighten up your outfits—but only if they’re immaculate. Luckily, cleaning them is much easier than keeping them clean. With a little water, dishwashing liquid, and some bleach, you can make white shoes look like new again.

How to Clean White Cloth Shoes

Step 1: Remove shoestrings and place them in a mild solution of dish-detergent water and a little bleach.

Step 2: Secure the shoes in a pillowcase and put them in the washing machine on the normal cycle with 1/2 cup of detergent and a capful of bleach.

Step 3: Handwash and rinse the shoestrings, then place them in the dryer to dry.

Step 4: Remove the shoes from the washing machine. Take them out of the pillowcase and let them air dry.

Step 5: Lace the shoestrings back in the shoes.

How to Clean White Canvas Shoes

Step 1: Make a mild solution of dish detergent, water, and a little bleach.

Step 2: Remove any shoestrings, and follow steps 1 and 3 above.

Step 3: Soak a clean cloth in the solution, and use the cloth to thoroughly scrub your shoes.

Step 4: Use an old toothbrush to scrub some of the harder crevices and areas.

Step 5: Rinse the cloth out with clean water, and use it to wipe up any soap residue from the shoe.

Step 6: Let the shoes air dry.

Step 7: Lace the shoestrings back in the shoes.

How to Clean White Leather Shoes

Step 1: Make a mild solution of dish detergent, water, and a little bleach.

Step 2: Dip the tip of a clean cloth into the solution, and use the cloth to spot clean the shoes.

Step 3: Immediately dry each area as you go.

Step 4: Once dry, polish shoes with white leather polish.

Tip

To gently remove stubborn scuff marks from white leather shoes, use a specialty sponge made to erase scuffs from walls.