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How To Clean White Converse Fast & Easy

Be fashionable and comfortable

The converse styled shoes have been in trend for the longest time now. People just cannot seem to let them go, all for the right reasons. These shoe style does not happen to fail any sort of fashion trend that you are following, they just blend right in smoothly. This is mainly for those who want to remain fashionable yet comfortable in no matter what they wear. You can swirl around in your Jeans, Shorts, Skirts or even a dress without a care in the world. When you have your favorite pair of converse on, the world may seem to be under your toes. 

Types Of Converse

Various types of Converse

Mainly, the converse has been the style of the 20th century but they were dragged to the 21st due to their amazing blending capacity and comfort. If you do not have a pair of converse, your wardrobe is basically incomplete. These shoes are basically flat-soled shoes with a hard white tip covering the fingers, while the rest of the shoe is made out of fabric. There are significantly only two main styles that they are worn in; Low top shoes and High Top shoes. 

  • Low Top Shoes

    The basic distinguishing factor here is that this style does not cover the ankle of the person who wears it. The fabric of the converse shoes remains below the ankle and helps in better movement that way better.

  • High Top Shoes

    Now the high-top shoes differ from the low-top shoes by the fact these cover the ankle of the individual they are worn by. Mostly used for fashion and style rather than quick movements required during sports.

These might be the two major differences but the last decade was indeed a colorful one if we talk about the converse. The basic white remained the same where the fabric was painted in gorgeous colors of red, green, yellow, almost any you liked. People even painted their converse into gorgeous pieces of art. 

Why Does White Converse Turn Yellow?

Why Does White Converse Turn Yellow?

The white converse is everyone’s go-to footwear because they make a match with everything. 

A major drawback about these are:

  •  white converse turns yellow  
  •  converse smell bad

Mainly the yellowing of your white converse may occur due to the side effects of inaccurate washing methods that the shoes might have gone through.

Most individuals are not aware of how to dry converse because if shoes are left under the sun to dry after washing them, they might oxidize to a yellowish unpleasant color, not something one would like to walk around in. Another of the reasons for these discolored converse might be that there are detergent or soap deposits left on the shoe when it was washed. These deposits cause a chemical reaction under the sun, thus turning the shoes into a yellowish color. 

Well, now you must be wondering what to do now? Do not worry because we have you covered with the best tips for your converse restoration and how to keep your white converse white. 


Methods To Restore Your White Converse

How to Unyellow your Shoes?

We will be breaking down this information into two parts so you can understand it better. First of all, there are some basic steps you would need to follow for each separate homemade cleaning solution we will tell you about.

These steps are enlisted down below.

  1. First of all, remove the laces from your white converse shoes and put them aside because they will be washed separately.
  2. Now, put on some rubber gloves because things are about to get messy. Take a tub or bowl, small enough to fit in your converse shoes. Put mild warm to cold water in it and soak your dirty converse. Let them sit for a while to ensure that they are completely wet. 
  3. Once that is done, take any of the following ideas for a homemade efficient cleaning solution and create one for yourself which suits you best. The best part about these solutions are that almost all of their ingredients are already available at your home. Check all of them and choose the one that you have all the ingredients of and which is more convenient for you to make and utilize. 
  4. Take an old worn-out toothbrush and with it, pick up a wholesome amount of this solution and rub it well all around the entire shoe. A toothbrush is a small tool that can reach all the critical small areas so make sure you hit every edge that there is, the tongue and the sole as well. (Wear gloves exclusively for this part because these solutions can be harmful to your skin or otherwise just make hands very rough). 
  5. (Optional) you can even toss these converse in the washing machine for some extra action. This may help to really work those cleaning agents at work due to rigorous movement. However, we would still suggest that if you do plan on carrying out this step, keep it down a notch and put the machine in ‘Sensitive’ or ‘Delicate’ mode because otherwise, the fabric can be ruined. 
  6. Now, dip the cleaning solution-laden shoes back into the tub of water and rub them with your hands (with gloves on). But since this might still leave deposits of these solutions on the shoe, you need to take it a step further and rinse your shoes under running water. While you are doing that, rub it thoroughly with your hands to ensure that all of the solutions has been rinsed out and your shoes are clean as new. 
  7. After you are done, have a nice look to ensure that the job is done. However, if you are still unsatisfied with the outcome, you can repeat step 4 or try step 5 if you did not before. Take your time. 
  8. Now for the drying part. Here we need to be a little extra careful. First of all, never sundry your converse shoes because as mentioned above, leaving them out for too long will turn them yellow. You can hang them to dry or dry them a bit by your hairdryer and then hang them to finish. Although, drying converse in a dryer should be avoided tumble drying can be given a shot. While doing so, you should apply low heat and put some dry towels as well to smooth and speed up the process altogether. 

Now put back on your shoes and you are ready to rock the day!

Here are a few homemade solutions you can make to clean your converse back to life!

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 Clean Your Converse

Clean your converse 

Clean Your Converse Through Baking Soda And White Vinegar

What will you need?

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • A Bowl 
  • Hot Water
  • Toothbrush to apply


Put 1 part of baking soda and add 2 parts of white vinegar. Add some warm water on top and mix with the toothbrush and you are ready to scrub those dirty bad boys. You can increase the number of your ingredients depending upon your need.

Clean Your Converse With Toothpaste

Remove yellow spot by using tooth brush

 What Will You Need?

  • Any white-colored Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush for application


Nothing much to tell here, the method is simple. Apply toothpaste on the brush and then use that to cover all the dirty spots. Rub the paste in to let it work its magic and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse complete the other mentioned steps.

Using Bleach To Clean White Converse

What will you need?

  • Bleach 
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking Soda
  • Warm water
  • Toothbrush


Take 50 ml of liquid bleach, add in a little baking soda and some toothpaste along with warm water, mix the ingredients well and dig on to those nasty shoes of yours. Do not forget to soak your shoes for a few hours before you move on with other steps.

Nail Polish Remover Can Clean Your Converse

Clean your shoes by using nail polish remover

What will you need?

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads


This works majorly in emergencies when you are out of other ingredients. Soak your cotton pads in nail polish remover and rub them on the shoes. Wash with soap and water before doing other processes.

What if your white converse is made of leather?

Leather Is A Fairly Easier Medium To Cleaning Your Converse 

What will you need? 

  • Paper Towel
  • Ivory Soap
  • An Old T-shirt
  • A sponge


First of all, rub off the external easy mud that is visible on the leather shoes, with the help of wet paper towels. Wet your sponge and apply the ivory soap, with that, really get into the tiny places of your shoes, dig in deep, and scrub all the attached dirt away. Afterward, take a damp old T-shirt and remove the soapy mixture off of the shoes. Squeeze out the absorbed mixture from the shirt, damp it again, and repeat the process until you are satisfied. Dry these by hanging them or with a hairdryer.

Cleaning your converse can be a tiresome job but using these methods will really calm your inner OCD monster. Happy cleaning! 

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