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How to Clean White Shoelaces – From Nasty To Nice In Minutes

How to Clean White Shoelaces – From Nasty To Nice In Minutes

How to Clean White Shoelaces – In Minutes


If you like your sneakers or shoes to look their best, then knowing how to clean white shoelaces will certainly come in handy. After all, there’s no point in wearing a pair of crisp white sneakers if your laces look like they’ve soaked up a streets worth of grime.

Before you shell out for a new pair of shoe laces, there are easier ways to get them looking like new – even within minutes.

We’ve put together a short guide on ways to whiten shoe laces that can get them looking their best again – fast.



What to do before cleaning white shoelaces

Before you get into the cleaning, there needs to be a little prep work to make life easier and give you better results

1.Remove the laces from the shoes. You could wash the laces with your shoes (if the shoes are canvas), but then you’ll have to deal with waterlogged shoes for days on end. So yeah, try and separate the shoe laces from the shoes when you can.

2 Once the laces are removed from the shoes, they should be brushed to remove any excess dirt. This is especially important if they’re impacted with mud

3. Now the laces should be ready for cleaning.


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How to Clean White Shoelaces

How to clean white shoe laces

If you’re still undecided about the importance of cleaning your shoe laces, here’s a stomach churning fact: The University of Arizona recent studies found as much as nine infection-causing bacteria on people’s shoes – this includes those laces. That makes your average shoe dirtier than most toilet seats! When we clean shoelaces and shoes regularly this stops the spread of those germs.

So now your sufficiently motivated, let’s discuss the best ways to clean white shoelaces. The below methods are easy to do and some take minutes to complete. Use the machine wash method for old and stubborn stains .  If you prefer handwashing, we’ve got you covered there too. Be sure to check out some of the solutions for more persistent stains.



How to wash shoelaces in a washing machine

If you happen to be doing a load in the washing machine, and your laces are made from some washable material, like cotton or synthetic fibers, then you can make life easy for yourself and put them in the washer as well.


What you will need:

  • A soft toothbrush (an old used one will do)
  • Mesh bag
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Laundry detergent
  • Something to treat any stubborn stains, such as Vanish oxi
  • Laundry detergent
  • Drying rack or similar item


  1. Clean the shoelaces with an old brush
  2. Pre-treat your shoelaces with a stain removing solution of your choice, this should be left on for around 20 minutes,
  3. Set the washing machine to delicate
  4. Place your shoe laces in a mesh bag, or even a pillow case. This keeps them separate from the rest of the wash (if you’re doing any) and also makes them easy to retrieve from the washer when you’re done.
  5. Afterwards, hang on a rack to dry


Top tip: If you’re doing a wash with other white items then add a capful of bleach to the load, otherwise leave this step out.



How to clean white shoelaces with baking soda

how to clean white shoe laces with baking soda

It’s true, baking soda is good for a lot of things – including cleaning those dingy white shoelaces. It’s also an ideal option if your shoe laces are made from more delicate material such as linen or silk. Best of all, baking soda is gentle, yet still packs a punch when it comes to dealing with those stubborn stains. So if you want to know how to clean white shoe laces without bleach, follow the steps below.

What you will need.:

  • Baking soda
  • 1 glass of water
  • Old toothbrush
  • Dish wash soap


  1. Make a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 glass of lukewarm water.
  2. Soak the shoe laces in the solution for around 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse the laces under running water until the water runs clear.
  4. Take some dish washing soap and rub it through the laces. The old toothbrush can help to remove any dirt within the threads.
  5. Give the laces another rinse with water again.
  6. For extra whiteness, sprinkle some baking soda on the laces and leave this on their for 10 minutes – then rinse

Top tip: If you are wondering how to dry shoe laces fast, then you’ll need to apply this nifty trick. Simply hold one end of your shoe lace and run your fingers from top to bottom while pressing down firmly.




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How to clean white shoelaces with hydrogen peroxide

When you need those shoe laces looking their absolute brightest and whitest, or you have a whole lot of them to clean, then this is the best cleaning method for you.  Just bare in mind this is not a quick cleaning solution, but you can be sure it’s a very effective one.


What you will need:

  • Bucket of water
  • Old tooth brush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Towel


  1. Thoroughly mix into a half a gallon of water 1/2 pint of hydrogen peroxide.
  2. ​Prep the laces by removing as much surface dirt as you can with a dry tooth brush.
  3. ​Once all the dried on surface dirt is removed, place the laces in the soaking solution. The amount of time the laces take to get very white depends on the stains, leaving them in overnight is ideal. Keep checking on them and leave them in longer if needed, or take them out sooner.

Top tip: When scrubbing the shoe laces with a brush avoid scrubbing from side to side as these can cause the fibers to loosen and look “fuzzy”. Instead, brush from the top end of the shoe lace to the bottom in a long stroke.



How to clean laces with bleach – ultimate recipe

how to clean white shoe laces with bleach

This is another very effective way to whiten your shoe laces. We all know that bleach is great at getting whites white, here we show you how to make the most out of using bleach with white shoelaces.


What you will need:

  • Water
  • Hand soap
  • Bleach
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small plastic container
  • Blue liquid laundry detergent
  • Microfiber cloth (optional)


  1. Make sure the laces are clean, this should be done with cold water as this does not set the stains in, while hot water will.
  2. Rub in some hand soap and scrub then rinse off with cold water
  3. Get the small plastic container and place the shoe laces inside it, after this pour on a splash of bleach (a capful).
  4. Once you pour the bleach on rub this through with your fingers – this is why there’s a need for rubber gloves. Focus on the problem areas and get as much of the stains out as possible.
  5. Now go ahead and add your blue liquid laundry detergent. If you are wondering why the addition of blue laundry detergent, here’s the reason; the blue enhances the whiteness of the fabric, this is why a lot of laundry detergents contain some elements of blue.
  6. Let this sit for around 30 minutes
  7. Rinse the laces out very well. It’s recommended you do this around three times to get all the bleach out. If this isn’t rinsed out properly, it can cause the laces to go yellow.


Top tip: To dry the laces, place them in the microfiber cloth and simply pull through. Just by doing this you can remove most of the liquid held in the shoe laces.



How to clean white shoelaces without removing them from shoes

Let’s imagine for a moment that you’ve just spotted the grunginess of your laces, but you only have moments to deal with them before heading out the door. As long as the stain isn’t too severe, then you can get them out there and then – with a little know how.


What you will need:

  • Tooth brush
  • Dish wash soap


  1. Mix a solution of dish wash soap in  a small bowl
  2. Dip the brush into the solution and begin rubbing away at the stains that you have spotted (up and down), keep going until they significantly lighten
  3. Go about your business, the shoe laces will dry as you walk around.


Top tip: Never use strong cleaning solutions like bleach or stronger stain removers while the laces are on the shoe as this could end up damaging the shoe.



Bottom line

These few tips on how to clean white shoe laces should keep them in top condition. To make sure that your laces are as pristine as the shoes you’re wearing, aim to give all your laces a good clean at least once every 6 weeks.


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