OT - Cleaning white tennis shoes

Submitted by MH20 on February 19th, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I bought a pair of Nike Air Agitate+ back in the fall and have worn them occasionally since. However, they are super white and any dirt/smudging is very easily seen, and now I'd like to clean them up a bit as we get closer to spring. But, I don't want to ruin them by using a product (bleach for example) that ends up discoloring the shoes.

So, does anyone have experience cleaning white tennis shoes with success? I was thinking maybe Tide To-Go or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but I wanted to get some input before I potentially ruined my shoes.




February 19th, 2010 at 2:51 PM ^

Has a shoe cleaner that's awesome. I can't remember the name exactly but it comes in an orange pump container. It comes out as a foam and you only need a little bit over the dirty areas. Pump on the foam and scrub with a rag and it gets quite a bit of dirt off without leaving your shoes wet afterwards.


February 19th, 2010 at 3:43 PM ^

All you need is a toothbrush, some hot water, and bleach. Its worked for me since my first pair of whites. Oh and always have an extra pair of white laces as well, it really makes a huge difference to change your laces whenever they get dirty.


February 19th, 2010 at 4:19 PM ^

Thanks, guys.

I might try that foam cleaner, someone else mentioned that could work, too. Definitely going to get another pair of laces, too.

Louie C

February 19th, 2010 at 4:26 PM ^

I used to use warm water, dish soap and toothbrush until I met my wife. She is a nurse and owns about umpteen million pairs of tennis shoes and she just throws them in the washer with a little bleach, and it works pretty good. I have two white pairs shoes; Nike Cortezes and K-Swiss that I've owned for a year and a half and they still look pretty damned good.


February 20th, 2010 at 12:26 PM ^

Once you get them clean you might consider treating them with a clear silicone sealer to resist staining and make them easier to clean in the future. An ounce of prevention...


February 20th, 2010 at 12:30 PM ^

On a side note, what is your preferred terminology for that type of shoe? I used to say "tennis shoes," but at some point I switched to "gym shoes" and I've found myself saying "sneakers" sometimes, which I never said when I was a kid.