Remove Dirt Stains from Shoes

Shoes are probably the dirtiest things that we own. Think about it; we walk around in them all day on dirty ground and everything we have sticks to them. So that means that it’s really important for us to remove dirt stains from shoes before the dirt totally ruins what we have.

Remove Dirt Stains from Shoes

Removing Dirt Stains from White Shoes

Of course, the one time that you end up wearing your white shoes is the day that it rains. Or the day that you have to go through a really dirty area so that your new, white shoes end up covered in dirt and muck. Are your shoes lost? Absolutely not! Use this method to cut through the dirt and get your white shoes looking great again.

What you will need:

  • Soft cloth
  • Warm water
  • Dish washing liquid or hand soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Paper towels
  1. Remove the laces from your shoes. If they have any dirt stains, wash them as you normally would, that will likely get the stains out without any extra effort on your part.
  2. Use the soft cloth to get any of the dirt and dust off of the shoe. Any solid material should be removed. Important note: If the problem is mud, allow the mud to dry first. If you try to remove the mud while it’s still damp, then you will spread the stain and make it worse.
  3. Rinse off your shoes with warm water.
  4. Take the hand soap or dish soap, mix it with some water, and use the toothbrush to scrub the shoe. Don’t scrub too hard, or you could end up scuffing up your shoes. Keep scrubbing until the stains appear to be gone.
  5. Rinse the inside and outside of your shoes, thoroughly.
  6. Take the paper towels and stuff your shoes with them. As the shoes dry, the paper towels will absorb the water so that it doesn’t take so long and so that the shoes retain their shape. If the paper towels get too wet, then replace them. Allow your shoes to dry all the way before wearing them again.

Note: Some people recommend using newspaper; don’t do this. The ink will run and ruin your shoes.

Removing Dirt Stains from Sneakers

It’s more common that you’re going to get dirt and mud on your sneakers (also known as tennis shoes, depending on where you live), so it’s also important that you use a tried and true method to get rid of the grime on them as well.

What you will need:

  • Scrub brush or old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Water (in a cup or mug)
  • Toothpick or chopstick
  1. Put the baking soda in the water and form a paste by mixing it well. Baking soda works really well for this process because of the fact it is abrasive and it will also help to make your shoes smell pretty good too.
  2. Take your scrub brush or toothbrush and stick it in the paste. Cover the brush well.
  3. Start scrubbing the stained area. And I mean, scrubbing. Scrub it as well as you can, because it may take a while to get the mud and dirt stains off of your sneakers.
  4. Rinse off your shoes on occasion to see how far you’ve gotten with stain removal. Alternate between scrubbing and rinsing until your stains have completely disappeared.
  5. Look underneath your shoes. If any dirt or mud is stuck in your treads, then take a toothpick or chopstick and use it to get in those places.
  6. Rinse the soles of your shoes to get rid of any excess mud.
  7. Hang your sneakers out to air dry.