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How to Clean White Canvas Sneakers

Does anyone else love the look of clean white sneakers? I am just utterly obsessed! Quite literally, I have to stop myself from buying all sorts of different styles of white sneakers. They are the perfect wardrobe staple to sport year round and the perfect choice when you’re having a hard time making choosing which shoes to wear each day! The first few times you wear those sparkling clean white sneakers are great. They polish a look perfectly. But after a handful of wears, the exposure to any environment besides the safety of the box they came in, certainly shows.


Don’t panic. Don’t toss them in the back of the closet. Don’t run to the store or hop online to order more. Why do any of that when you can clean and restore them to look almost brand new? If you know Rockin’ Green laundry detergent at all, you know that we can definitely clean more than just your typical laundry. We find ways to clean all kinds of stuff with our plant-based, gentle and powerful formula. In fact, Rockin’ Green Platinum Series Active Wear Detergent works great at cleaning white canvas shoes that have seen better days. This is how to do it:

Things you’ll need:

- Toothbrush or soft cloth

- Rockin’ Green Platinum Series Active Wear Detergent

- Warm water

- Bowl/Sink/Bath tub

- A little bit of time

- Washing machine (if necessary)

Step 1: Gather up your dirty sneakers and brush off any loose dirt or visible debris from the canvas.

Step 2: Whether you’re cleaning your dirty white sneakers in a bathtub, kitchen sink, bucket or bowl, fill your vessel of choice with warm water.

Step 3: Next, add in one scoop of Rockin’ Green Platinum Series Active Wear Detergent and mix around with your hands to create the cleaning agent for your white canvas sneakers.

Step 4: Submerge and saturate your dirty white shoes fully in the soapy detergent water.

Step 5: Wet the toothbrush or soft cloth with your soapy water and gently wash and scrub the dirtiest spots on your white sneakers. Scrub, scrub, scrub until they’re at a decent-looking point.

*Do know that your white sneakers will look dirtier wet than they will when they are completely dry.

Step 6: Rinse your white canvas sneakers well with clean water and transfer them to your washing machine.

Step 7: No additional laundry detergent is needed; they just need to be rinsed really, really well. So run them through a rinse cycle on hot. Yes, we know hot water can set stains, but your shoes have essentially been thoroughly pre-washed, so it’s safe to rinse squeaky clean with hot water. But if you’re wary, simply run them on a cycle with warm or cold water, instead.

Step 8: Remove your freshly cleaned white sneakers from the washing machine and find an appropriate place for them to air dry. If you want them to be the whitest they can be, allow them air dry in direct sunlight. The sun has bleaching abilities when it comes to fabrics, and can potentially whiten and brighten your sneakers even more.  

And voila! You’re all done. Once they dry, you’ll be left with clean white shoes yet again! How do they look? The same cleaning quality that our Active Wear Detergent can deliver to funky workout gear can also breathe life into dingy white sneakers again.


Give Rockin’ Green Platinum Series Active Wear Detergent a try instead of reaching for DIY remedies like dish soap, white vinegar and baking soda. Keep those ingredients in your kitchen and pantry, where they belong.

And do take note — this amazing cleaning process has been conducted safely by our Rockin’ Green staff members on canvas sneakers only. We don’t particularly recommend cleaning white leather sneakers in the same way.

So, we want to know — have you tried this and LOVED your results? Tag us on social media and show us your clean sneakers using the hashtag #ActiveWearChallenge.

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