A Baking Soda Hack That’ll Bring Even Your Dingiest Sneakers Back to Life

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White sneakers are like the Goldilocks of footwear. They look best when you've worn them in just right—not too new, not too old. One easy way to keep your kicks from crossing over from distressed to dingy is by using a DIY baking soda treatment.

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 100,000 times.

How to clean white sneakers without bleach


1. baking soda

2. laundry detergent

3. toothbrush


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.

This story was originally published on September 11, 2018; it was updated on November 19, 2018. 

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