Home Remedies for Cleaning Shoes

Here are a few interesting tips for cleaning your shoes.  

Westley’s Bleche-Wite whitewall/blackwall tire cleaner. This is reported by some to be an excellent leather shoe cleaner.  Just use a clean cloth to rub in the tire cleaner and then rinse.  This works well with grease stains on leather.

You can use toothpaste to clean leather shoes.  Just put a dab of toothpaste on a washcloth or an old toothbrush and gently rub the stains with the toothpaste, then rinse. 

Petroleum jelly. This is reported by some to be a good cleaner and protector for leather shoes.  Apply the petoleum jelly to a smooth, lint-free cloth and use circular motions to rub the jelly in.  Let the shoes rest before wiping off the jelly with a clean cloth.

WD40. This is used by some to clean and protect their leather work shoes.  First, remove any direct mud or debris, then spray the shoes with the WD40.  Gently buff using a lint-free cloth.

Olive or walnut oil. These two oils may also clean and protect smooth leather.  Before you do anything, be sure to test the oil in an inconspicuous spot, like the tongue of the shoe, to ensure color fastness.  Now using a soft cloth, work a small amount into the shoe.  After that, polish with a soft, cotton cloth.

You can use lemon juice to remove regular dirt spots from leather.  Mix one part lemon juice with one part cream of tarter.  Work the paste into the dirt spot with a clean, soft cloth.  Let it sit for a few hours if needed.  Also if needed, come back and apply more paste. 

To help keep leather supple, you can apply a vinegar and oil mixture.  Mix one part white vinegar with two parts linseed oil.  Pour the solution into a jar with a lid and shake well to mix.  Apply this solution to the leather using a soft cloth.  Let the solution sit on the leather for twelve hours and then buff.  Be sure to change the cloth if it starts to soil. 

Try using Magic Eraser for white canvas sneakers. 

For leather shoes/sneakers, a mixture of bleach, dish detergent and warm water.  Check for color fastness first. 

Well, there you have it.  Some great home remedies for those shoes.  

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