Whenever I wear my white converse, I always get reader comments asking how to keep them clean, and how they want to buy a pair but are worried about them getting filthy dirty so fast, especially with kids.
So today I’m sharing my secrets for keeping mine bright white so you don’t have to be scared of buying a pair — really it’s so easy.
1. Plan for the days you wear them. If it’s raining, or you’ll be going through dirt or mud for some reason, skip them. Because that’s a guaranteed way to get them super dirty. Errands or park days give you a better chance of keeping them clean.
2. Run them through the wash every few wears. A spin in the washing machine with your towels will make them like new!
3. Remove the laces when you wash them. Wash the laces too, but don’t leave them in the shoe or else they won’t come out completely clean.
4. Use a bleach pen for those tough spots. Just a quick swipe of the bleach pen (I do it pretty much all over the shoe — not just on spots), then throw them right in the washing machine. If the rubber gets dirty, use a magic eraser to clean it off!
5. Don’t run them through the dryer! I think this makes the biggest difference in how the shoe holds up. When converse get old, they tend to look shriveled and shrunken a little bit. Know what I mean? Mine will instantly do this when run through the dryer, probably because it shrinks the cotton material. Instead, pull them out of the wash and stuff them with crumpled up plastic bags, wash cloths, or a shoe tree to give them back their original shape. Let them dry completely, and then re-lace them.
Now don’t be scared — go buy yourself a pair!