Converse Clean-Up

If there was one thing that was long overdue this winter, it was cleaning my Converse. It's like cleaning makeup brushes. You know you HAVE to, but it is just something you don't want to take the time to do, ha! Besides that, I was also so scared to turn my precious chucks yellow because I've seen so many horror stories about doing just that by cleaning them wrong. Eventually I bit the bullet and did it. 

Clean Converse Cocktail: OxyClean, Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, Dawn Dish Soap

My starting point was slightly embarrassing, but to be honest I've had these shoes for a long time and hadn't washed them once yet. When I first bought them I used scotch guard on them to keep them as white as possible for as long as possible. With them being my favorite shoes though (perfect for mom life), they took a beating and they couldn't stay pristine forever. 

Remove shoelaces and soak them in a cup of water and OxyClean.

Mix equal parts baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish soap. Use a toothbrush and scrub the hell out of the shoes. Let sit for 5+ minutes then rinse and let air dry.

If they aren't white enough yet, soak in a bucket of water and OxyClean then run through the washing machine on cold/gentle with some towels. Then leave to air dry again. 

All the research I did said to avoid letting them sit out to dry in the sun, so I put them in front of an air vent in our house to dry as quickly as possible. 

I knew these would get dirty again and need to be cleaned, so I really went for a clean yet lived in finished result. It is about time to do it all again (I didn't Scotch Guard after, whoops!), and I may do a pair of Nate's shoes that are looking a little rough too. 

Thanks for stopping in! Hope you learned an easy way to clean your white canvas shoes without bleach/sun/harsh chemicals that may turn them yellow!

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