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A pair of white shoes is a very chic item to have in your arsenal. They give a clean look to an outfit, and certain styles even lend a cool mod touch. The only problem is they show every little mark and can end up looking dirty. Here's how to keep many types of white shoes clean.

Always start by doing a clean sweep of the shoe. Wet a washcloth with warm water and place one drop of dish soap on it. Wipe down the shoes with the washcloth.


Pour some bleach into the cap of a bleach bottle, and dip an old toothbrush in it. (If the shoe is off-white, dilute the bleach with some water.) Scrub the scuff marks with the toothbrush, and repeat until the scuffs are gone. Make sure to dry the shoes as soon as you've finished. Use a white towel or place them in the sun.


Put some some whitening toothpaste on an old toothbrush and scrub the scuff mark. Wipe away the toothpaste with a wet washcloth, and then let the shoes dry.

White Vinegar

Pour some white vinegar on a dry washcloth and rub it over the scuff marks. To neutralize the smell, wipe the shoes off with clean water afterward. Dry the shoes with a towel, or place them in the sun.

Nail Polish Remover

Pour nail polish remover onto a paper towel and wipe the shoes back and forth until the scuff marks disappear. Rinse the shoes clean with a wet paper towel and dry in the sun.


Test a small area of the shoe first to make sure the products you're using to clean it don't alter the color or the material.