Nothing is more classic (and affordable) than a pair of white converse. They’re one of my favourite sneakers because of their versatility, you can pair them with anything! A nice summery dress, a pair of denim jeans and a white t-shirt, a chic skirt with a crop top, they’re a go-to without a doubt.
Everyone has owned a pair of white Converse Chuck Taylor All Star’s and with this, everyone knows that the only thing we hate (well some of us), is the rate at which they can get dirty. It’s like they’re magnets for scuffs and dirt. While Chucks look amazing worn, torn tattered and abused, that’s not exactly my style. I love a crisp white pair of converse, so much so, that I use to buy a pair as soon as they got dirty. I didn’t even attempt to clean them.
Over the years, I’ve learned that I was being absolutely silly and restoring my dirty white converse were so simple. I’ve become sort of an expert, and recently when I wore my converse, the #1 question everyone wanted to know was, “how to clean white converse”. No one believed my old converse were just so white as a result of simple cleaning.
Today, I’ll be sharing my easy 1, 2, 3 method for cleaning white converse!
1. Use OxiClean or Baking Soda
I’m in my 30’s and if I lived with my mom, she’d still be washing my clothes. She’s amazing at it, she knows all the tricks, a few I picked up from her, especially these two amazing products. There’s absolutely nothing that ensures that your whites stay crisp better than a few scoops or OxiClean or Baking Soda. I never use bleach, because it can yellow whites, my go-to is always these two. They keep anything white, especially my converse. While baking soda and oxi are my favourites, you can generally use your favourite detergent mixed with water.
I will tell no lies, I hand wash for the first year only. After that, I throw them in the washing machine. When cleaning by hand, I use warm water and the OxiClean or baking soda (or both) and then use an old tshirt to gently clean. If a tshirt isn’t doing the trick, I use a scrubbing brush or soft toothbrush. If using the washing machine, I use the gentle wash setting, with hot water and oxiclean. While Converse doesn’t advise using the washing machine, I’ve never had a problem.