How I Brought my Converse Back to White
Y’all know I love my Converse All Stars and own them in several colors. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve worn my white Chuck’s here on the blog, and it’s not because I’ve preferred to wear other colors. The primary reason is because after owning and wearing my white ones for around three years they were on the dingy side. OK, to be honest, they were beyond dingy and had entered the dirty realm awhile back. Since they were in excellent condition beyond the grime, I knew it was time to give them some TLC, and crossed my fingers they could be restored to their original bright white.
I wish now I had taken a “before” photo, but at the time I wasn’t really thinking about writing a blog post. Honestly, I was pretty dubious at how successful any attempts would prove to be, and was ready to just plunge on in and get it done. Besides, if you have ever worn white Converse you know how quickly they can become dirty, so you probably have a good idea of how they looked.
The first thing I did was consult Pinterest. I read a lot of different methods and ultimately decided to piece together my own solution based on things I knew worked well, and also taking into consideration what products I had on hand. After I came up with my customized game plan, I removed the shoes strings and rinsed my shoes in cool water to get rid of any loose debris. Then I sprinkled baking soda all over one side of the shoe and spritzed with white vinegar (I keep those inexpensive travel spray bottles on hand in the kitchen for vinegar and olive oil). After all of the bubbles died down, I thoroughly scrubbed with a toothbrush, then repeated this process all over the entire shoe. Once both shoes were scrubbed I let them sit in this state for about 10 minutes. The next step was my own addition – I soaked my Chuck’s and shoestrings in warm water and a healthy scoop of Borax for a couple of hours. Next I tossed them in my washer with some white towels and another scoop of Borax, plus a regular Tide pod. I have a front load washer, so I placed the Borax directly in with towels and shoes and washed on the heavy duty cycle. Finally, I let them dry in the sun, as it is supposed to bleach them even whiter, and it isn’t good for the soles to place them in the dryer. After they were completely dry I was amazed they looked like new again! I didn’t even have to scrub the rubber beyond the light bit I did with the baking soda and vinegar at the beginning.
- Tee – Apt. 9, Kohl’s
- Jeans – a.n.a., JCPenney
- Converse All Stars
- Cuff – Charming Charlie
- Scarf – D&Y
I am happy to say the small amount of work I put into cleaning these was well worth the effort. I am so happy to have them bright and ready to slide back into my spring rotation. If you decide to give this a try with your Converse I would love to hear about your results!