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The baking soda hack that’ll save your white sneakers from an end-of-summer toss


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Labor Day is no longer the cutoff when it comes to wearing white—especially on your feet. Which means lacing up your favorite pair is fair game all fall.

But after 99 days of action, it’s likely that, by now, your go-to kicks don’t look as fresh and clean as they did over Memorial Day Weekend. Given the right DIY treatment, however, you can make them look as good as new and avoid tossing them (and your hard-earned dollars) in the trash.

All you need is a little of the most versatile and hardworking item in your pantry, baking soda, some laundry detergent—and a little bit of elbow grease.

Below is an easy recipe retrieved from the deep end of Twitter that’s been retweeted almost 100K times. Best of all? It’ll work on your flip flops and rubber or foam sandals, too.

How to clean white sneakers without bleach

Ingredients

1. baking soda

2. laundry detergent

3. toothbrush

Instructions

1. Rinse the shoes with water.

2. Scrub down the shoes or sandals with the toothbrush using the baking soda and detergent mixture.

3. Leave shoes to sit overnight.

4. Rinse again with water

5. Put in the washing machine on delicate with cold water and let air dry.

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