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4 Brilliant Ways To Give Dirty Old Sneakers A Second Life

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

We expect our shoes to get worn out over time, but we forget that they also get dirty.

Sneakers are the worst culprits: with their rubber soles and many grooves, they quickly get dirty.

If you toss them in the wash, the cloth parts will get clean, but unfortunately the rubber stays just as dirty.

But don’t fret! We tried out four of the best cleaning hacks out there and have the results below!

1. Toothpaste And Water

  • Using a new toothbrush, squeeze whatever toothpaste you keep on hand onto the toothbrush.
  • Wet the toothbrush, then start scrubbing the dirty part of the shoe.
  • Once it is sufficiently scrubbed, wipe off the shoe with a wet cloth.

2. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda

  • Dip a toothbrush into lemon juice, then dip it into baking soda.
  • Scrub the dirty shoe with the toothbrush.
  • Once it’s scrubbed, wipe off the shoe with a wet cloth.

3. Hair Conditioner

  • Squirt whatever hair conditioner you have on hand onto your shoe.
  • Use a rough sponge to rub the conditioner into the rubber.
  • Once you’ve scrubbed the shoe, wipe off any excess conditioner.

4. Wood Cleaner

  • Pour some wood cleaner (make sure it’s nontoxic) into the cap of the bottle.
  • Dip a toothbrush into the wood cleaner, then scrub it into the shoe.
  • After it’s sudsy and fully rubbed in, wipe off the shoe with a wet cloth.

Be sure to watch the video below for step-by-step instructions, and please SHARE!

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