Posted on: November 1, 2017 at 11:07 am
Last updated: July 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Our shoes go through a lot of wear and tear. They literally carry us around our lives, day in and day out. It’s not a surprise that they can pick up a lot of the dirt that we encounter on the street. With the price of shoes soaring, it’s important to take care of the shoes that we do have for as long as possible (especially if they’re our favorites!). Check out how this ‘Halloween Queen’ got her dirty, old converse looking bright and new again using common household products.


Twitter user ‘Halloween Queen’ posted a before and after photo of her old converse, stating “I am a miracle worker.” The response she’s gotten from social media is positive, with people posting photos of their own shoe transformations.

One user tweeted: “Wow! Nice, wish people could do same to their relationships, fixing it instead of getting new ones.”


Another said: “Girl, you could wash away humanity’s sins!”

If you want to work miracles on your shoes, just like ‘Halloween Queen’, then follow along and use these common products that you likely already have in your pantry to get those kicks looking as good as new.

How to Clean Shoes to Get Them to Shine

how to clean shoes


1.5 cup Baking Soda

Laundry Detergent


Baby Powder


  1. Mix 1.5 cup of baking soda with laundry detergent
  2. Scrub the mixture into the shoe with a toothbrush
  3. Let the shoe sit to absorb mixture, then rinse
  4. Put the shoes in the washer
  5. Apply baby powder
  6. Let the shoes dry and you’re ready to wear them!

Pro Tip: Take the laces off before putting them in the dryer. This will prevent the laces from getting tangled, and will help to clean the areas around the shoelace eyelets.

Pro Tip: Turn the washer on gentle to prevent the shoes from banging around

DIY Laundry Tricks to Keep Your Clothes Looking Their Best

Cleaning Shoe Laces

You may have noticed that the directions of this homemade shoe cleaning remedy instruct you to remove the shoe laces before putting the shoes in the washer. Well, in a lot of cases the laces are just as dirty as the shoe, and will need to be cleaned as well.


  1. Remove the shoelaces
  2. Fill up the sink or a bucket full of water
  3. Add a small amount of laundry detergent into the bag
  4. Place your laces inside the bag and submerge the bag in the water
  5. Allow the bag to soak in the water for 15-20 minutes
  6. Remove the bag from the sink and rinse the laces with clean water
  7. Hang the laces up to dry

Quick and Easy Shoe Deodorizer

If your shoe problem is less about cleanliness and more about smell, then try this easy, 2-ingredient homemade remedy to deal with stinky shoes. All you need is baking soda and essential oil, and it will instantly diminish smell so you don’t have to be embarrassed every time you take off your shoes.

Natural Laundry Detergent

If the idea of using commercial laundry detergents has you cringing, (just like us! That’s why The Hearty Soul team uses MyGreenFills instead), you can make your own homemade, natural laundry detergent free of chemicals and toxins. This fabulous recipe uses Castille soap, washing soda, baking soda, epsom salt, white vinegar and essential oils to keep your clothes looking fresh and smelling great.

With the amount of time that we spend in our shoes every day, it can be easy to feel like they are a part of us. Sadly, that means that they take a hit when it comes to dirt and grime. But, with these awesome cleaning hacks, there’s no need to throw out your old clothing just because they’re a little dirty. Using natural, homemade cleaning agents you can make your clothes and shoes new again, so you can keep the nostalgia, while still looking and feel great.

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