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Shoe Saving Hacks – Video

SHOE SAVING HACKS – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, May 6, 2019 – 8:50am

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Toe Marks in Sandals

How many times have you gone to put on a pair of sandals and seen those dirty toe marks where your toes sit.  There is a quick easy way to remove those and keep your shoes new looking.  It works for the suede-look lining and also leather or faux leather.

Dampen a microfiber cloth and firmly rub the inside of toe area, where the dark toe areas are.  Keep turning the cloth to a clean area as you work on the shoes.  You can also add a little bar soap to the cloth when working on leather linings. Rub until clean and then reset the nap if they have a suede-type lining, by rubbing in the nap direction with the damp cloth.  Let dry out of sun.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth – 24-Pack



Tough Toe Marks

Add some rubbing alcohol to your microfiber cloth and rub.  Blot.  Allow to air dry.

White Canvas and Leather Shoes – Colored and Patterned Shoes

Do you have a pair of white canvas shoes that need cleaning?  Perhaps you have some colored athletic shoes that need freshening.

For white canvas shoes, apply a paste of automatic dishwashing detergent mixed with hot water to the shoes.  Let this soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub the surface with a nail brush or tooth brush.  Rinse well and allow it to dry out of the sunlight.  Do not put in the dryer.  This will cause a brown line to appear on the canvas where it touches the rubber sole.

 You may also wash the white or colored shoes in the washing machine.  Put them in in a zip up delicates (lingerie) laundry bag with your regular detergent and ½ cup of Twenty Mule Team Borax.  When done, re-shape the shoes and dry out of the sunlight.  Once dry you can apply a coat of spray starch to them so they stay clean longer and clean more easily the next time.

Vivifying Shoes Wash Bags, Set of 3 Mesh Shoes Laundry Bag with Zip Closure


I have also found, while testing ZOTE Soap,  that you can wet the shoe with warm water and lather the ZOTE on the shoe.  Rub firmly or use a brush, rinse and launder as above in the washer or rinse, spin out in the washer and air dry.

Skecher Go Walk-Type Shoes

Nylon/Mesh Shoes: Most non-leather casual shoes can be safely machine washed on the gentle cycle and air-dried, I suggest placing them in a pillowcase or laundry bag before washing in machine. Apply a protectant such as Skechers™ Water Proofer Spray or Scotchgard™ to protect the shoes from water and stains.

Caring for Fabric Shoes

While fabric shoes are a little more of a challenge to keep clean, there are several things that you can do to keep them looking great for years!

Lightly brush dirt and debris away using a soft nylon brush.

Gently wipe with a damp, lint-free cloth.

Light dirt spots can be removed using Club Soda, seltzer water, or soda water and a toothbrush. Wipe to remove excess water and air dry. You can avoid water marks by feathering wet patches with a damp cloth.

Heavier marks and/or stains can be removed using Scotchgard Fabric Cleaner. Scotchgard Fabric Protector will help avoid water spots, and reduce dirt pickup and stains.

Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector, 14-Ounces



Got Stinky Shoes?  Try these odor killers

Rubbing Alcohol

Pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. (Make sure you mark your spray bottle so people know it isn’t safe to consume.)

Spray the alcohol inside each stinky shoe – just a couple spays should do the trick! Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated room or outside.

Let dry completely before wearing.

Queen of Clean – What STINKS?!™    



I like this product because it contains enzymes that digest the protein in sweat, completely and safely removing it. You simply spray, let dry and wear.


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