How to Keep White Shoes From Drying With Yellow Marks After Washing

By Angela LaFollette

White shoes can be challenging to clean. Washing the shoes in a washing machine will often not remove all of the dirt and stains, and the dryer with set in yellow stains. Instead of washing the white shoes in your laundry room, you can wash them by hand to remove the dirt and debris from the shoes to prevent yellow marks from drying on them.

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Clean your white shoes by hand to avoid yellow stains.

Step 1

Remove the laces from the shoes. Set the laces off to the side, or throw them away if you plan to replace them.

Step 2

Place old newspapers inside the shoes. Stuff the shoes with newspaper to hold their shape to make it easier to clean them.

Step 3

Fill a sink with mild detergent and water. Agitate the water to form suds.

Step 4

Place a thick towel beside the sink.

Step 5

Hold the white shoe over the water. Dip a soft bristled brush into the water, and scrub the surface of the shoe. Continue to dip the scrub brush into the water until you remove all the dirt.

Step 6

Remove the newspapers from the shoes. Throw the newspapers away.

Step 7

Rinse the shoe off with clean water. Dampen a washcloth and wipe the shoe down with clean water. Place the shoe on top of the towel. Wrap the sides of the towel around the shoe to remove excess water.

Step 8

Repeat the process for the other white shoe. Pat the shoes dry with the towel.

Step 9

Sit the shoes out at room temperature. Allow them to air dry completely before you wear them again.