White shoes are super stylish but can be challenging to clean. Washing them in a washing machine doesn't always remove all of the dirt and stains, and the dryer can set yellow stains. Cleaning them by hand is a better option for keeping them looking their best.
Remove the shoelaces and set them aside.
Place balls of old newspaper inside the shoes to hold their shape and make it easier to clean them.
Fill a sink with mild detergent and water. Agitate the water to form suds.
Place a thick towel beside the sink.
Dip a soft bristle brush into the water, and scrub the surface of the shoe with it. Continue to dip the scrub brush into the water until you remove all the dirt from the shoes.
Remove the newspaper and discard.
Dampen a washcloth with clean water and wipe the shoes down.
Place the shoes on top of the towel. Wrap the sides of the towel around the shoes and pat them down to remove excess water.
Sit the shoes out at room temperature. Let them air dry completely before wearing them again.
For heavily soiled shoes, add a small capful of bleach to the water. Dilute the bleach with 1 gallon of water. Use a dye-free bleach to avoid yellow stains, and make sure you rinse the shoes off with clean water after applying the bleach solution.
To remove stains, combine an equal amount of baking soda and water to create a paste. Place the paste on the stain and let it dry. Scrub the dried paste off.
Apply a white shoe polish to keep shoes white.
Wear gloves when handling bleach products. Never add ammonia to bleach because it produces harmful fumes.