When it comes to people seeking fashion advice, I’m always asked how to clean certain items. The common ones are how to clean a leather jacket, how to clean suede booties, etc. Lately I’ve been asked how to clean white Vans. If you’re going to buy a pair, read this post because it will help you keep them squeaky clean!
How to Clean White Vans
I had to do a little research on the best ways to clean Vans and even called a friend of mine in the shoe business to specifically ask how to clean white Vans. There’s something special about Vans. You want to keep them (especially the white ones) as fresh and as clean as you possibly can.
There’s just something about white Vans. They are the kind of sneakers that go with just about everything. They’re classic. They’re simple. They’re versatile. Not to mention you can wear them year round and with so many different outfits!
The Classic Slip-On has a low profile, slip-on canvas upper with all-over checker print, elastic side accents, Vans flag label and Vans original Waffle Outsole.
The question than becomes How to Clean White VANS! Everyone knows that you can’t keep your Vans as crisp as can be, but you can keep them looking good. I love having them look worn, but I don’t want them looking hospital white. I know that’s something that is just not going to happen… for anyone, especially moms!
3 Ways on How to Clean White VANS:
1. Detergent and Water: My friend gave me this advice. Take a bowl of warm water and add in a few drops of detergent. Mix it u to get a good solution mixed. You will see a few bubbles and that’s the way it should look. Take a washcloth and dip into the mixture.
Take your time, but start going over your Vans with the cloth. The point is to get a good coating on the sneaker, so don’t be afraid to get them wet and really get the cleaning mixture over them. The point is to get it good clean, so make sure you’re washing it well.
2. Vinegar and Baking Soda Mixture: I’ve seen this one talked about online for years when it comes to general white (canvas/cloth) sneakers. I used to have white Converse sneakers and loved them, but they would always get dirty, so I would use this easy mixture on them. Here’s the only thing, if you hate the smell of vinegar – this is a tough one at first!
Take (2) tablespoon of baking soda and (4) tablespoons of white vinegar and mix them together in a about 2 cups of water. Mix it up as best as you can. You will start to see a paste come into play and then you’ll know you’re on the right track. If you have a smaller brush (cleaning brush or even a toothbrush would work!), use that to clean the entire sneaker.
You’ll see the mixture start to get dry because well, it’s baking soda! That’s OK! Just keep using it and you will see that the areas that need to be cleaned are getting cleaned. Then just take a cloth and wipe away the mixture. I love to let my shoes sit outside in the sun for a quick dry, too (depending on the weather!).
3. Use toothpaste. Don’t laugh with this one! My fashion friend shared this one with me. Like she said to me, “You clean your teeth to be white with toothpaste, why not try with our white shoes?” The logic is there, right? Buy a toothbrush that is super cheap and use it to literally brush your sneakers.
When I started my research on How to Clean White VANS, I never (ever) thought about toothpaste. I thought bleach out of the gate, but I always get worried about bleaching ANYTHING because I’m always afraid it will get everywhere. (PS – you can bleach sneakers, just make sure to look up the proper ratio!).
As you’re brushing your sneakers, make sure you’re really getting in there with some good and solid scrubs. I think it’s a great and easy way to get sneakers clean and I love that all of these are non-toxic options. I really do get scared washing things that I wear with harsh chemicals.
I hope these (3) ways on how to clean white Vans help you out! I know that Vans aren’t super expensive, but any money you invest in anything is money. You want to make sure you’re taking care of your sneakers and keep them looking as good as new!
Share with me some other great cleaning advice on how to clean white Vans! You can apply these tips to all white canvas sneakers, too. I know that people keep asking about Vans, but use on Sperry sneakers, KEDS sneakers, Converse sneakers, etc. Whatever you’ve got – these should apply!
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