Tutorial: How To Clean Your White Converse (Canvas) Shoes

Hey guys! I apologise I haven’t been able to do anything lately – I have been at a summer scheme for the last week or so and just haven’t got the time to get on – but here I am!

So today I’m doing a tutorial on how to clean your white Converse shoes. This method is so simple and only takes a short period of time to do!


Everybody has a favourite ‘go-to’ pair of shoes that we will wear regularly. And there is no point denying that the shoes slowly, but surely, get mucky, ripped and worn down soles. I have had my white Converse shoes for about a year and a half now and although I’ve cleaned them before, they just seem to get increasingly filthy over time. Finally, I gave in and decided to give my old Converse a good wash!

N.B. The shoes in these pictures look a lot dirtier in real life. Also, because they have been worn constantly for a long period of time, some of the marks are permanent and are never going to disappear.

What you will need:
Bowl etc.
1. Bowl containing luke-warm water   2. Plain bar of soap   3. Old toothbrush   4. Toothpaste

Remove the laces from the shoes and put them in an old/dirty pair of socks. Do this by stuffing the shoe laces into one sock then, take the other sock, put them beside each other and proceed to fold one into the other like so:SocksThe reason the laces are put into a pair of socks is because we are going to put them into the washing machine and you don’t want them to get lost or damaged during this process.

While your laces are being washed, take your pair of shoes and soak them in cold water – this makes Step Three a lot easier. It is important you use cold water as heat could possibly deform the rubber soles of the shoes (and we don’t want that, do we?!)
Cold Water

Personally, I find this step the most fun! Take your bar of soap and toothbrush, dip the soap into the luke-warm water and start moving the toothbrush over the soap in circular movements until it has has transferred onto the bristles of the toothbrush.

Work this soapy consistency into the canvas part of the shoe. Remember to scrub everywhere, including the sides, back and the tongue. (Here, you can also wash the rubber parts, but this is optional as they are concentrated on in the next step anyway.)

Put some toothpaste onto the toothbrush and scrub the rubber parts of your converse shoes. (Nail Polish Remover is another option as it has been said to be fix scuff marks too.) Again, don’t forget the front, back and both sides when doing this.
3 shoes

Next, wash the shoes under cold water to get rid of any excess soap and toothpaste. Make sure they are thoroughly rinsed as you don’t want your shoes having dried up soap on them – you can ensure this by using the toothbrush whilst rinsing.

Squeeze out any excess water with your hands as best as you can, then leave them outside to air-dry, preferably in the sun-light, and hang the tongues out the opposite way – simple!
(I found leaving them on the grass a little risky so try leaving them to dry on something a little higher than ground-level!)
993607_408657185918093_156433855_nWarning: They may take up to a day to dry, but don’t be tempted to throw them in the tumble dryer – it may only cause more damage to the shoe.

This is only my way of cleaning my Converse, and as I mentioned previously, these shoes will always have some irreversible marks. Also, a gleaming white pair of shoes aren’t guaranteed from this method of mine as it only cleans most of the dirt off the Converse. Many people prefer to put their Converse in the washing machine at a low temperature and that may be another option for you to try!

Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the end result, but I will upload one shortly.

Thank you so much for reading this and I hope I have inspired you to whip out your toothbrushes and experiment with your worn-out shoes that beg to be new again! Feel free to share your thoughts and leave your comments in the box below! See you next time! Bye!

(A big thank you to my friend Rachel for letting me use her camera for this tutorial.)
(All photographs FeatheredDreams©)