Keeping your shoes clean can be a challenge, especially if you wear them frequently or in dirty or wet conditions. But with a little bit of time and effort, you can easily clean your shoes at home using a few simple ingredients. Here’s how to make an easy homemade shoe cleaner:
Is baking soda a good shoe cleaner?
To use baking soda as a shoe cleaner, you can mix it with water or a mild soap to create a paste, and then use a scrub brush or old toothbrush to scrub the surface of your shoes.
It is important to note that baking soda is a mild abrasive and can potentially damage or scratch some types of shoes, especially those made of delicate materials such as suede or leather.
Gather your materials
You will need a small bucket or bowl, a scrub brush or old toothbrush, a clean cloth, and the following cleaning agents:
Remove any dirt or debris: Use a scrub brush or old toothbrush to remove any visible dirt or debris from the surface of your shoes. Be sure to pay extra attention to the soles and any crevices or grooves in the shoes.
Mix your cleaning solution
In your bucket or bowl, mix together equal parts warm water and dish soap. You can also add in a teaspoon of baking soda and a splash of white vinegar to help lift stains and deodorize your shoes.
Scrub your shoes
Dip your scrub brush or toothbrush into the cleaning solution and scrub the surface of your shoes, paying special attention to any stains or scuffs. You can also use the brush to scrub the soles of your shoes.
Rinse your shoes
Rinse the surface of your shoes with warm water, using a clean cloth to remove any remaining soap or cleaning solution. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any soap residue.
Dry your shoes Allow your shoes to air dry completely before wearing them again. You can stuff them with newspaper or a clean cloth to help them retain their shape as they dry.
With this simple homemade shoe cleaner, you can easily keep your shoes looking and smelling fresh and clean. Just remember to be gentle when scrubbing and to rinse thoroughly to avoid damaging your shoes.