If you find it’s not doing the trick, then you may want to add: baking soda, bleach, baby powder, or even toothpaste to the mixture.
Bleach (sodium hydroxide)
Mix a small amount of bleach with five parts water
Dip your toothbrush in the diluted solution
Scrub the white shoes or trainers gently
Rinse with warm water
Air dry outside or by a window for several hours if the weather is not great
Combine one tbsp of hot water, one tbsp of baking soda and one tbsp of white vinegar
Mix until it has a paste-like consistency
Use a toothbrush to lather the paste onto your shoes
In circular motions gently scrub
Once covered, leave outside in the sun for 3-4 hours
When dry, clap the shoes together to remove
Use the toothbrush and shake it all off
Shoes should appear brighter and whiter
A non-gel white toothpaste (avoid coloured toothpaste)
Apply the toothpaste to your dirty shoes in circular motions
Apply extra pressure to extra-dirty places
Let it rest for 10 minutes
Use a damp towel to wipe away the toothpaste
Repeat if necessary
– Stain remover or magic eraser
A magic eraser or stain remover contains cleaning agents that can effectively remove stains such as mud, grass and other tougher marks. They can also be used to remove scuff marks on the sole of the shoes. Each is different, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before use.
– Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is the best choice for scuffs or small stains such as ink. Simply dip a cotton ball or pad into some rubbing alcohol and saturate the stained area. Repeat this until the stain has gone.
– Nail polish or eye make-up remover
Nail polish remover and some eye make-up removers are great for removing scuff marks and ink stains. Use the same method as you would for rubbing alcohol.
– Paint thinner
If you’ve managed to get paint on your white shoes, then a dab of paint thinner should help you remove the stain.
– Lemon juice
Combining lemon juice with four parts water is a wonderful home remedy for removing stains. Dip a sponge in the mixture and lightly scrub the stain. Once you’ve removed the stain, rinse the area with clean water.