How to Whiten Tennis Shoes

Tennis shoes are notorious for being very easy to get dirty. This is mainly because most tennis shoes are made of materials that are highly susceptible to dirt. Another more important reason is that most tennis shoes are white in color. There is nothing worse than a pair of beautiful white tennis shoes slowly turning yellow over time. There are a variety of ways to return your dirty shoes to a bright white life. Check out these handy tips and tricks when you need to learn how to whiten your tennis shoes.


Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water make an outstanding cleaner that will also whiten your shoes. Go ahead and. raid your kitchen for your trustworthy packet of Baking Soda. For your hydrogen peroxide, check your bathroom cabinet. You can skip the peroxide if you do not have it on hand, and make the paste from only baking soda and water.
This is what you should do:

The following should be added in a small non-metal bowl or measuring cup.

  1. 1 tablespoon soda for baking
  2. One-half of a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (omit if you do not have)
  3. 1⁄2 tablespoons of warm water (if you don’t apply peroxide, double to 1 tablespoon)

Stir until it has formed a paste. Now follow the steps mentioned below.

Using a scrub brush or an old toothbrush, dip into the baking soda paste and add it directly to the stains on the shoe.

Scrub, pushing the paste onto the surface in a circular motion.

Let the baking soda solution dry on the shoe, for at least half an hour.

Clap off any excess until cleaned, and thoroughly rinse the shoe with clean water. You can also use a wet rag or a clean sponge if you want.

If required, repeat until all the stains are gone.

Multiple applications can be needed for more stubborn stains, such as coffee, blood, or paint. In that case, the peroxide-baking soda solution would be marginally more effective.


Here is an alternative recipe to whitewash your white tennis shoes again. As a whitener, it also uses baking soda and another household staple that is readily accessible: white vinegar.

You will need these ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  2. White vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  3. Hot water – 1 tablespoon

Combine all of the ingredients and blend into a paste-like consistency in a small bowl or measuring cup.

Then use an old toothbrush, directly on the stains, to apply the paste to the shoe. Scrub gently using a circular movement. Cover the shoe’s entire surface. Soak the laces in any solution that remains.

Place them outside in direct sunlight for 3-4 hours after the shoes are fully sealed. The sun helps accelerate the process of whitening.

Clap the shoes together over a trashcan to knock the dried paste free once the paste is completely dried, then use a dry toothbrush or scrub brush to remove any left.

Learn More: How to Clean White Tennis Shoes with Baking Soda


Yes, you read that right. Toothpaste, especially if you’re in a rush, is an excellent way to clean white shoes. In a pinch, white toothpaste will cover a stain. All you have to do is just brush it over the stain directly and feather it out to the edges. If you have the time to properly clean your shoes, toothpaste will even help to remove stains from your shoes, much as it does on your teeth.

Keep in mind that you do have to use a non-gel white toothpaste, ideally one called “whitening,” to clean your shoes.

On an old toothbrush, squeeze some toothpaste and work on the stains in circular movements. For 10-15 minutes, let the paste stand on the shoes. Wipe the paste off the shoe using a damp towel or a clean sponge.

As needed, repeat until the stain is gone.

Toothpaste also works very well for cleaning the white stripe on the sides or the reinforced toe of those shoes.


When using bleach to whiten tennis shoes, the only thing you have to keep in mind is that you have to dilute it carefully. As for how much bleach to use to clean white shoes: It varies, but for every five parts of water, most shoe-care guides recommend mixing one part of bleach. Any more bleach used will improve the chance of turning an odd yellow tone on your white fabrics.

It is important to remember that household bleach (sodium hydroxide) is theoretically not known to be corrosive or poisonous. However, exposure to bleach can still cause eye, mouth, lung, and skin irritation.

You can follow the same bleach protection tips that you use while dealing with bleach during your daily loads of laundry. This means remaining in a well-ventilated environment and shielding your eyes and skin from exposure.

You’ll need bleach, a bottle, water, a toothbrush, and a fan or a nearby open window to clean your white shoes with bleach. In a well-ventilated area, mix a tiny amount of bleach with at least five times as much water. Dip the diluted bleach solution with your toothbrush and gently clean the shoes. When you are finished, rinse with warm water and then let the shoe air dry for at least several hours. If possible, keeping them overnight will be significantly better. 

Also Read: What to Wear With White Sneakers


We hope all the tips and tricks mentioned in this article helped you find a way to whiten your favorite pair of tennis shoes. However, we do believe that prevention is better than cure. So take some time to clean the dirt and stains of your shoes after a few wears. This will surely increase the longevity of your pair.

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