cleaning the sneaker

You’re happily walking around in your new white shoes when you accidentally step in a puddle of mud.

Your clean, $70 investment is now nothing more than a brown, stained mess! We’ve all been there, but luckily you can get those shoes looking fresh and new again.

Keep reading to learn more about how to clean bottom of shoes!

How to Clean Bottom of Shoes

Whether you need to return a pair of shoes or you just want to clean them up, there are a variety of ways to clean your shoe bottom.

Here are a few different methods…

Mix Baking Soda and Detergent

Before you use baking soda or detergent, you’ll want to clean any loose debris from the shoe.

You can do this by slapping the shoes together or slamming them on the concrete. Any leftover debris can be removed with a toothbrush or a washcloth.

While debris will be cleared, there may still be a stain left on the bottom of the shoe. So, you’ll want to create your baking soda and detergent solution.

Start by adding two tablespoons of your favorite laundry detergent to a bowl. Add one tablespoon of your baking soda. Next, you’ll want to slowly start adding your water, as the texture can easily become too watery.

Add water drop-by-drop until you have a thick paste. Dip your old toothbrush in the solution and begin scrubbing any stains. Repeat this step as many times as necessary until the stains are gone.

Use Warm Water and Dishwashing Powder

If you don’t have baking soda or laundry detergent to spare, you can also use warm water and dish powder.

Just as you did in the previous method, you’ll want to remove debris before applying the solution. Once loose debris is gone, add lukewarm water to a bucket or tub. You’ll only need enough water for the sole of the shoe to be covered.

Add about two tablespoons of the dishwashing solution. Mix the water and powder until evenly mixed.

Place the shoes in the tub and soak for no less than 15 minutes. Wipe the soles with a washcloth and soak for another 15 minutes if stains are lingering.

Once shoes are clean, considering disinfecting them with UV light. Look here for solutions to disinfect with UV light.

Apply Nail Polish Remover

Many of us have nail polish remover hiding in a cupboard somewhere in the house.

Did you know this product can actually remove stains on the sole of a shoe as well? Keep in mind that nail polish remover should only be used with white shoes. 

To clean the sole with polish remover, use a cotton ball to spread it all over the sole. Scrub with a toothbrush to remove stains. Repeat these steps as many times as necessary, but avoid breathing in the fumes.

How Will You Clean the Sole of Your Shoes?

There are plenty of reasons you want to clean the sole of your shoes.

Dirty soles track dirt or mud onto the carpet. Also, dirty shoes can track germs throughout the house. Now that you know how to clean bottom of shoes, browse our other lifestyle content to learn more!