How to Clean White Converse Shoes without Turning them Yellow

What will you do when your brand new converse shoes turn yellow due to too much dirt!

We are sure you don’t want to end up like the others, who cleaned their white converse in a way that they turned yellow. It was not worth 60 USD.  BUT HEY!? Don’t worry! Today, we will show you the best ways of how to clean white converse without turning them yellow.

Converse are mainstream shoes that you can wear anytime. Literally anytime! Let it be going for a run, going to a casual meet-up with a friend or balling with your buddies from the neighborhood. You can use converse shoes for all kinds of activities, but if they are yellow instead of white, you would definitely feel a bit embarrassed. And we can’t let you go zero from hundred that easily.

Converse shoes are totally different kinds of shoes. These shoes are different because they have a rubber toe cap, rubber welt, and rubber sole too! Usually, the toe cap and welt are white, the rubber is not dust resistant and thus when it gets dirty, you’re in trouble (not, if you go through this article carefully).

Read on if you want to know how to clean your white converse without turning them yellow (or frankly any other color than white) and other hacks and tips for your converse. *Star-struck face*

FUN FACT: “Converse” customized shoes for the very first all-African professional basketball team

How to Make White Converse White Again and got a new look again

Before we begin the process of cleaning white converse in a brand new look, if you’re wondering why this happens, we got answers to that as well.

When you use detergents or vinegar to clean your converse shoes. It needs to be made sure that the shoes are detergent-free when you are done washing them. After washing the converse, when they are exposed to air, the detergent soaked in them will react with air/sun and oxidize, thus a yellow layer will form on them.

WARNING – Do Not use the dryer when your converse is wet unless it’s an emergency. This could shrink your shoes.

Easiest of all. Brush ‘em!

We are sure that you take good care of your teeth. They look all good and nice in the mirror once you’re done with your daily brushing routine.

Now it’s your shoes’ turn to get healthy! Take a not-in-use toothbrush and toothpaste.

After you are done with your ‘Best Way to Clean White Converse’ list, take the paste and rub it over all the white areas that are dirty. Then firmly brush over those areas.

After 5 minutes of good brushing, rinse the shoes and put them in the washing machine and let it run for 15 minutes. Thenceforth you’ll take out your converse shoes and dry them. There you go! 1-hour easy fix and get your white converse white again.

If the shoes still have dirt on them, you can make a much better paste to clean all the dirt off the converse. Use the same procedure again using this new paste. Reach out to your nearest pharmacy store and get hold of Hydrogen Peroxide. Then take a bowl and add warm water, one tablespoon of baking soda and half tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Voila! You just made a better paste.

Although you need to wait 30 minutes before you can rinse them. Don’t forget to wear   for precautions before doing anything.

Clean White Converse with Vinegar and Baking Soda in Washing Machine

Slow down. We have reached your destination, the land where traditional ways don’t disappoint you—if you use them the way we guide you to.

Traditional ways include cleaning your converse with simple soap, or detergent, vinegar, and baking soda.

Take any kind of soap there is but be sure that the soap is chemical-free. After being sure, mix warm water with some drops of soap and keep mixing until you see bubbles. Take a brush and rinse it with bubble-water and then rub it in a circular direction. After that rinse the shoes and dry them.

Another of the widely used traditional technique is using detergent, vinegar, and baking soda. Take small and equal amounts of both materials and then mix them with warm water to give it a paste touch.

Apply this liquid on the dirty parts of the shoe (you can actually use it all over the shoe as well). Then leave it for 30 minutes and after that rinse it with clean water or just put them in a washing machine. After that hang them to dry but if you want to remove the grass stains from your shoes then read this post and get the better solution for it.

When life gives you lemons use them to clean your converse.

Lemon almost fixes everything in life, as our grandmothers have taught us like grease-cutting, spot treatment in the laundry, and countless other hacks.

Take a lemon and cut it in half. After that sprinkle it all over the dirty parts and brush it. Now it’s time to just rinse your shoes with water. Tada! Done!

How to Wash White Converse in Case of Emergency

We know that almost every household has a person who loves nail polish, therefore they keep nail polish remover. It’s the easiest object to find in case you’re in a hurry.

All you need is a nail polish remover and cotton pads. That’s it. How to use it though? Simple.

  • Take a cotton pad and dip in your nail polish remover.
  • Rub the cotton pad all over the dirty areas of the shoes. Then wash your white converse shoes in detergent/soap water.
  • Carefully put them in the washing machine, and after that just simply dry them.

Great! What about a little extra care of your Converse Shoes?

If you like to go out in the grass or dusty tracks, it will leave your converse shoes with some permanent stains.

Not unless you mix some shampoo/liquid detergent/soapy solution and water. Now take out your old toothbrush and use it with the solution and scrub off all the stains.

We know how to clean, but why should we?

There can’t be the only explanation for this. Why should we clean our shoes?

Well firstly because it is vitally important to look neat and tidy in almost every situation possible. Let’s assume you’re to go to a party, and you think you’re finally going to make some new friends who aren’t losers. Imagine wearing the best dress you have after taking a wonderful bath. But you forget one thing, cleaning your shoes. Oh boy, we think you already know that people are going to stay away from you because of that.

Converse shoes look best when they are fully cleaned, at least the rubber welt and toe cover. What’s the use of all that money you spent on buying it if you are not going to keep them healthy and neat?

Furthermore, shoe maintenance will make them durable and long-lasting. You definitely can’t afford to buy a new pair of shoes as right after a month of using them. That’s why if you want your wallet to look buff, you need to maintain and take care of your sweet converse shoes.

Lastly, store your shoes in a cupboard or someplace which is dust and insect-free. This would also help your shoes to last longer.

What Can I Do to Take Care of My Converse Shoes?

Your question has multiple answers and we have them right here.

Try different pairs: Give your converse a break! We know you love them and so do we, but if you use them very frequently they will get stinky and some might even deform.

Yikes, so what can we do to avoid it? Give at least 20 hours rest after wearing them. So that they can air out.

Clean them frequently: We cannot emphasize it enough. Literally!

If you see dirt on your converse, make sure to clean them right away. These shoes, though may seem magical, are not going to clean themselves up.

Also while cleaning them, make sure that you don’t use bleach. You may use bleach to tidy up the rubber part of the converse but if it touches the fabric, the fabric will be decolorized into yellow.

Dry your wet shoes: If you try wearing your shoes when they are wet, it’s going to damage the shoes. So avoid it till they are fully dried up. Also avoid using drying machine, because there is a risk that the rubber might come off.

Don’t compromise on your shoes’ health: You go to a doctor when you’re ill right? That’s what we want you to do with your shoes when they are worn out or damaged. Don’t run after a new pair because it will drain your money out then.

Take your shoes to a good repair shop. It can be anything, e.g. your shoe can have a destroyed sole, maybe torn fabric or rubber. These are the things that a good repair shop can fix all over a small amount of money.

Keeping all this in mind, if you think that your shoes are completely destroyed then stop wearing them any further and donate them to someone. Next, go to your nearest sneakers store and buy yourself a new converse!

If you take care of your converse the way we told you to, your relationship with these shoes will be the healthiest! Not only that, but these converse shoes will also last longer if you clean them just the way we suggested in this article.

Kamal Chandel

Kamal Chandel, the founder of and wanted to share his knowledge with other people and that's why he launched Best Shoes Advisor to provide the updated information so that everyone makes more approachable and scalable who are looking for best shoes according to their choice and problems.

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