How to Clean Sneakers with Baking Soda

28 November 2022
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Vacuum Cleaner with a soft brush attachment
Protective rubber gloves
Sneaker cleaner
Hand sanitiser with peroxide in it
Bicarbonate soda (cleaning and whitening agent)
Nail brush
Paper towels
A couple of microfiber towels


Nothing is worse than dirty sneakers; scuffs and dirt just don't look good. The minute you wear them, you will be picking up dirt, stains and scuff marks. That is why it is essential to clean your shoes on a regular basis to prevent grime build-up and keep them looking their best.

In this post, we will teach you how to clean uppers with a dedicated sneaker cleaner. For cleaning the soles, we use a hand sanitizer that contains peroxide and baking soda paste to restore their whiteness.

Continue reading to find out how to make your sneakers look new in no time.

Step-By-Step Instructions

The best way to clean sneakers within a few easy steps.

How to Clean the Uppers

Step One:
Vacuum the sneakers thoroughly with the brush attachment to remove any dirt.

Step Two:
Give the shoe a good brush with your nail brush to remove any residual dirt.

Step Three:
Take a paper towel and wipe it over the fabric. This will get rid of any remaining soil.

Step Four:
Use a dedicated sneaker cleaner, which will not harm the mixed materials on your sneakers. Apply liberally on the shoe, so that it is not drenched, yet damp enough to do its job.

Step Five:
Brush the cleaner into the shoe with your nail brush. Gently brush across to agitate and loosen it rather than pressing too hard.

Step Six:
Concentrate on the toe of the shoe since this is the most soiled area. Repeat steps 4 to 5 for this area.

Step Seven:
Firmly wipe over the shoe with your microfiber towel to lift the cleaning chemical into the microfiber towel.

Step Eight:
Repeat the process with the other shoe.

How to Clean the Soles

Step One:
Liberally spray the cleaner on the soles' whites.

Step Two:
Apply the solution with a nail brush to help it penetrate.

Step Three:
Allow the cleaner to sit for 15 minutes.

Step Four:
Using the microfiber towel, remove any residual dirt from the sole.

Step Five:
Apply peroxide hand sanitiser to the soles. The peroxide hand sanitizer contains a whitening ingredient as well as rubbing alcohol. This will loosen up any remaining soil.

Step Six:
Work it into the sole with your nail brush.

Step Seven:
Allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping it away.

Step Eight:
The final step is interchangeable with hand sanitizer. Or can be used to remove any extra stains.

Step Nine:
Make a paste with baking soda and hot water and apply to the soles with the nail brush.

Step Ten:
Set aside for 15 minutes.

Step Eleven:
Using a hot water basin and a nail brush, gently brush the baking soda from the sole.

Final Thoughts on Cleaning Sneakers with Baking Soda

We are pleased with the results; the sneakers cleaned up nicely. They appear significantly better, and the soles are indeed whiter. Without a doubt, the most efficient way to whiten sneaker rubber is to use baking soda paste in hot water.

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