Cleaning Tricks for Fresh Party Kicks

Bye bye sticky soles.

by ISABELLA FALCIONE  ★    APR. 19, 2018

 
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As spring rolls around and darty season quickly approaches, you’ve probably realized that your go-to frat sneakers laying in the back of your closet have seen better days. Stained, covered in mud and who knows what else, your party shoes most definitely need a spa day. With just a few weeks left in the semester, it is essential that you find some time to take advantage of one of these simple methods to keep your kicks looking fresh until May.

Method 1: Clorox Wipes

This classic cleaning tool commonly used for wiping down your kitchen counter can also be used to make your sneakers look shiny and new. It’s quite simple: just take a disinfecting wipe and scrub away the dirt, dust and sticky jungle juice residue. You’d be surprised what a quick wipe-down can do.

 
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Method 2: Dish Soap

This trick is almost as quick and easy as using clorox wipes. Rinse your shoes under warm water and grab any dish soap that you have on hand. Scrub the dish soap onto the shoes with your hands. If you’d prefer keeping your hands clean, feel free to use a washcloth, sponge or any other cleaning tools. Mix in some stain remover for an extra-deep cleanse.

 
 

Method 3: Vinegar, baking soda, & toothbrush

This method requires a bit more effort, but the results are worth it. First, rinse your shoes under cold water. In a small bowl or cup, roughly measure about a tablespoon of baking soda. Add the same amount of vinegar (roughly one tablespoon) to the bowl and stir with a toothbrush. Measurements are not super important, but consistency is key.  Do your best to create a “thin paste”, as shown in the photo below. Layer the paste onto your shoes with a toothbrush. Let the paste dry in sunlight for 15 to 20 minutes. Lastly, rinse your shoes off with cold water. Use this toothbrush hack to scrub away the hidden dirt in all the nooks and crannies - Get brushing!

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Revive your go-to party shoes with these quick and easy tricks. After one cleaning, you’ll be able to complete your perfect going-out look with sneakers that look as good as new. Let those shoes shine!

Tayler Bradford