How to clean Converse shoes

Have you ever been irritated because your newly purchased Converse shoes are constantly getting dirty because others step on them?

Have you ever regretted wearing a pair of pure white Converse when it suddenly rained heavily?

There is a truth that everyone has to face: when wearing a pair of shoes, no matter how carefully we preserve them, we cannot avoid the fact that they will be dirty.

How to make your shoes always white as when you just bought from the store?

The answer lies in the following article!

Converse shoes

Before washing shoes

Clean up any dirt on the surface and check under what conditions your shoes can be washed.

Check the shoe labels

As with washing clothes, you should always pay attention to the label of your shoes before washing to find out the correct information about the fabric of the shoes and consider which washing method is suitable for that material.

This step is very small, but you need to pay special attention. Otherwise, you will risk saying “goodbye” to your beloved shoes!

With Converse shoes, you can check the label on the back of the tongue.

In addition to naming the place of manufacture, the size of the shoe and the type of shoe for men or women, the label of the shoe also states the materials of each component on the shoe.

For example:

Upper: Made of textile

Outsole: Made of Textile Rubber

Shoesops will give you some notes on how to wash with some materials of Converse shoes:

  • Canvas: Use soft cloth. Wipe gently with warm water and mild detergent soap. DO NOT wash in a washing machine or dry in a dryer!
  • Leather/synthetic fabrics: Use a soft cloth, wipe gently with warm water and mild detergent soap. DO NOT use a washing machine or a dryer!
  • Suede fabric: Polish the shoes with a suede brush. DO NOT use water and dryer!

Remove shoelaces

To make cleaning the shoe easier, remove the laces before washing. Then, dip your shoes in warm water before you start washing! After all, you can apply some methods of tying shoelaces that Shoesops has introduced to you.

Shake dirt from the sole

Before washing Converse shoes, especially white Converse shoes, you should shake the dirt off the sole. This both makes cleaning the shoes quicker and easier and protects your shoes from such dirt.

After performing the above steps, let’s start cleaning your Converse shoes!

There are many ways to clean your shoes and any way can help your shoes regain the shiny look.

All you need to do is check what equipment you have available and then just apply our tips!

8 ways to wash Converse shoes that everyone must know

Depending on the condition of the stain, you can apply more than one method at the same time.

1. Wash Converse shoes with washing powder

One of the easiest ways to wash Converse shoes is to use washing powder. It’s not difficult for you to find some available laundry detergent in the house, right?


  • Washing powder
  • Warm water
  • An old gentle toothbrush
  • A small pot
  • A soft towel

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Mix washing powder with warm water in the ratio of 1: 1 to get a slightly thick paste.
  • Step 2: Dip the brush into the mixture.
  • Step 3: Use the brush to clean the shoes gently: rotate the brush in small circles and gradually increase the force. Scrub vigorously with areas of adhering dirt.
  • Step 4: Rinse the shoes clean with warm water.
  • Step 5: Dry the shoes with a towel.

2. Wash Converse shoes with soap

In addition to washing powder, soap is also an easy-to-use item to clean Converse shoes. However, one point to note is that you should only use soap with mild or moderate detergent such as hand soap.


  • A bar of soap or soap solution
  • Warm water
  • A sponge
  • A soft towel

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Mix a few drops of soap with warm water and swirl evenly until the surface bubbles.
  • Step 2: Use a sponge soaked in warm water and gently rub the shoes.
  • Step 3: Rotate the sponge to remove stubborn stains.
  • Step 4: Rinse the shoes clean with warm water.
  • Step 5: Use a dry towel.

3. Wash Converse shoes with toothpaste

Have you ever cleaned your shoes with toothpaste? If not, try now, because toothpaste is a very effective way to wash Converse shoes!

However, not all toothpaste can be used. You can only use white toothpaste and no gel. If you use colored toothpaste for white Converse shoes, you’re accidentally staining your shoes!


  • An old toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • A soft towel
  • Warm water

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Put a little toothpaste on the surface of the shoes.
  • Step 2: Use a brush with a rotating force to remove stains.
  • Step 3: Leave the toothpaste on the shoes for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Wipe the shoes with the soft towel dipped in warm water.

4. Wash Converse shoes with baking soda and vinegar

You’ve probably heard of the cleaning power of baking soda and vinegar, right? To get rid of dirt that is hard to clean, try this method!


  • Hot water
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • An old toothbrush

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Mix the mixture: vinegar, baking soda and hot water in a ratio of 1: 1: 1 until the mixture thickens.
  • Step 2: Dip the toothbrush in the mixture and start cleaning the shoes.
  • Step 3: Use the force of rotation to clean the stain more effectively in the sole of the shoes.
  • Step 4: Dip the shoes into warm water to drain off baking soda and vinegar.

5. Wash Converse shoes with nail polish remover

Have you ever thought of using nail polish remover to clean Converse shoes?

Despite not as popular as the above methods, it can still help you clean the stains on your sneakers!


  • Cotton
  • A vial of acetone (nail polish remover)

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Dip the cotton into nail remover.
  • Step 2: Rub that piece of cotton on the stain to remove it.

Note: When rubbing stains with acetone solution, rub with strong force.

6. Wash Converse shoes with lemon

One method to clean Converse shoes that you should also try is to use lemon. Lemons are very popular for their use as a very effective natural cleanser!


  • 1 lemon
  • Clean water

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Cut the lemon in half and use each side for each shoe.
  • Step 2: Rub the shoes with lemon to remove stains.
  • Step 3: Let the shoes soak in lemon juice for about 15 minutes.
  • Step 4: Rinse the shoes clean with clean water

7. Wash Converse shoes in a washing machine

For shoes that are machine-washable, you can try doing this way, but you need to keep in mind more than just putting the shoes into the washing machine and letting it be!


  • 1 bucket of warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Dish washing liquid
  • An old toothbrush
  • Laundry detergent

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Fill the bucket with warm water.
  • Step 2: Pour 2/3 cup of baking soda into the bucket.
  • Step 3: Add some dish washing liquid into the bucket.
  • Step 4: Use the tip of the old brush to stir the water to dissolve until bubbles form on the surface.
  • Step 5: Use the brush to scrub the stains on the surface of the shoes.
  • Step 6: Use the brush to rub the protective part on the sole of the shoes.
  • Step 7: Put the shoes into the washing machine with a slow spin without adding anything else.
  • Step 8: Use ½ cup of laundry detergent and start washing.

8. Wash Converse shoes with Vaseline

You will be surprised to find that the regular Vaseline wax bottle is used to clean Converse shoes very effectively.

See how to clean Converse shoes with Vaseline wax!


  • 1 vial of Vaseline wax
  • A brush
  • Clean water

Steps to follow:

  • Step 1: Get a little Vaseline wax on the brush.
  • Step 2: Use the brush to scrub the stains on the shoes.
  • Step 3: Leave the shoes on for 5-10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Rinse the shoes clean with clean water.

Notes after washing

Many people dry their Converse shoes in a wrong way after washing them. Please follow the below steps to dry your Converse shoes in a right way!

  • Step 1: Put newspaper or other materials into the shoes to keep the form of the shoes.
  • Step 2: Never dry the shoes with a dryer, because even the smallest heat can damage the glue in your shoes. You should let the shoes dry naturally under the sunlight and the wind.

Note: Avoid putting dark shoes under direct sunlight as the sun may cause white spots on the shoes.


You must know how to clean your beloved Converse shoes by now, right? Please choose for yourself the easy-to-do methods and use the materials available in your family. If you feel that one method is not strong enough to get rid of stubborn stains, then apply two or three methods to clean your shoes.

Shoesops wishes you success!