After making a revision of my wardrobe I realized that I need to save my shoes. The thought that trying to say goodbye to them was unbearable. But the prices for dry-cleaning them were unbearable too. So I knew it was a good time for some life hacks!
Bright Side checked some hacks and wants to share with you the experience of saving shoes. There is also a bonus for you at the end of the article!
1. Use antibacterial wipes to clean your shoes.
Leather shoes can be washed by hand and very carefully. After washing the sole, use antibacterial wipes and get into each shoe crack well. It will help you to disinfect them before you start the restoring process.
I must say that after just cleaning the shoes with wipes, they looked much better already.
2. Try using baking soda to make your shoes white again.
That was a miracle! I didn’t expect this effect, but baking soda really works. You need to blend 2 tbsp of normal baking soda and 1 tbsp of water. Rub the shoes with this mixture by using a soft toothbrush and leave for 30 minutes.
I decided to take a risk and left it for 2 hours. And minute by minute the shoes were getting more and more white.
3. Use toilet paper to dry your shoes.
After washing your shoes you may face the problem of how to dry them properly without yellow stains. One good hack can be to use newspaper. But I decided to go further and used white toilet paper because it doesn’t leave any marks from the ink. Moreover, it is easy to return the shoes the right shape by filling them in with soft paper.
4. Rub suede leather with an eraser to get rid of spots.
5. Mix baking soda and white vinegar to make the soles white.
The problem with some sneakers is that their soles are ribbed and all the dirt and dust accumulates, which makes the sole start looking yellow. The toothpaste hack didn’t help me, so I decided that some major artillery was needed.
You need to combine 1 tbsp of hot water, 1 tbsp of baking soda, and 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Then rub the sole with this mixture by using a soft toothbrush and leave for 15-30 min.
The result made me happy.
6. Use nail polish remover to get rid of black scratches on leather shoes.
This method really works. Just do it very carefully so you don’t wash out the color!
Dark scratches on your shoes can be easily removed by using acetone. Just wet a cotton pad with nail polish remover and carefully press each scratch. Don’t rub.
It helped me with a lot of small scratches, but couldn’t save a ripped area completely. But still, the difference is visible.
7. Olive or coconut oil will help you to condition leather shoes.
Use this method at the end, after all the restoring is done. Your shoes will look shiny!
Wet a soft towel or a cotton pad with the oil. I used coconut oil. Apply in small circular motions and rub carefully into the leather all over the boot.
Bonus: Prepare yourself well to restore your shoes.
Just before restoring and cleaning your shoes, prepare all the needed items and don’t forget to use gloves so you don’t damage your skin. Check the shoes before trying a life hack. Some shoes are not supposed to be washed, or the same method can save leather shoes, but damage suede ones.
Do you have your own hacks for how to save your favorite shoes? Please share your experiences with us below!