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Everyone's Going Mad For This Trainer Cleaning Hack

Everyone's Going Mad For This Trainer Cleaning Hack

A pair of dazzling white trainers is a summer wardrobe hero. They're fresh, comfy and work just as well with a pair of denim cut-offs as a floaty floral dress.

The obvious problem is, they don't stay pristine for long. Hands up who has a Motley crew of bedraggled, once-white kicks lurking under their bed? Yep, same.

Well, a need-to-know cleaning hack could change all that - namely, a simple tube of minty-fresh toothpaste.

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From YouTubers and trainer bloggers to IG's cleaning hack community, we've spotted non-gel white toothpaste being used around the globe to transform grubby trainers into supremely clean foot candy.

Reportedly, the effective natural stain removal properties of toothpastes work as well on our trainers as they do on our teeth, thanks to the strong cleaning power of the in-built baking soda.

The consensus seems to be that a non-gel white toothpaste is the best kind to use on white trainers, to avoid any risk of a coloured toothpaste dying your kicks.

YouTubers and trainer bloggers are using non-gel white toothpastes as a nifty cleaning hack for their white kicks (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
YouTubers and trainer bloggers are using non-gel white toothpastes as a nifty cleaning hack for their white kicks (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
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We've seen bloggers combine their toothpaste hack with other cleaning products, such as stain removal sprays and oxi-action powders, or as a stand-alone natural alternative to chemical-based cleaning products.

YouTuber Faith Chappelle swears by adding a tube of the minty stuff to her trainer cleaning routine and has used the product on her white Nike and Vans trainers. She says "the final results turned out really good", leaving her kicks "a thousand times better than before".

However, Faith stresses that she "doesn't know if this works on all materials - so use with caution."

You'll need an old toothbrush to rub the paste into all those grubby nooks and crannies (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
You'll need an old toothbrush to rub the paste into all those grubby nooks and crannies (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
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Faith's guide to getting minty fresh white trainers

You will need

Fill the sink with a capful of laundry detergent (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
Fill the sink with a capful of laundry detergent (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
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Step-by-step

1. Fill your sink or bucket with warm water and pour in a capful of laundry detergent.

2. Remove the laces and dunk your trainers into the soapy water.

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3. While one trainer is soaking, squeeze a generous amount of toothpaste onto the other one.

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Squeeze a generous amount of toothpaste onto the surface of the trainer (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
Squeeze a generous amount of toothpaste onto the surface of the trainer (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)

4. Use your old toothbrush to thoroughly scrub the toothpaste into the surface of the trainer, being sure to get into all those grubby nooks and crannies.

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5. Once your trainer is thoroughly scrubbed, give is a quick rinse.

6. Grab your Oxi-Clean Spray and repeat the same steps of applying, scrubbing, and rinsing.

Work into a lather using the old toothbrush and repeat the process where stains are stubborn (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
Work into a lather using the old toothbrush and repeat the process where stains are stubborn (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)

7. Rinse the trainer, grab your Oxi-Action powder and sprinkle it over the fabric of the shoe.

8. Next, fill up your bucket with really hot water, pop in a capful or two of bleach, and leave to soak for 6 hours.

9. Finally, you want to thoroughly rinse off that bleach, so bung your trainers into a protective net bag and put them in the washing machine for a quick cycle.

Faith leaves her trainers to air dry outside for 24 hours - the results are incredible! (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)
Faith leaves her trainers to air dry outside for 24 hours - the results are incredible! (Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle)

10. Faith leaves her trainers to air dry for 24 hours outside - and the results are amazing!

Meanwhile, Instagrammer Nicola Lewis (@thisgirlcanorganise) likes to use a non-gel white toothpaste as an alternative to chemical cleaning products. She recommends cleaning grubby laces separately in a small bowl mixed with a teaspoon of bicarb and 1 glass of water.

Sharing a snap of her dazzling Adidas kicks, Nicola advised: "Wanna get your trainers spring clean fresh? An alternative to chemical cleaning products is to apply a generous amount of toothpaste to an area on your white trainers using a toothbrush and rub it in to work away the dirt.


"If you have grubby laces, then place them in a small bowl mixed with a teaspoon of bicarb and 1 glass of water. Leave them to soak in the mixture for at least 15 minutes.

"Once done, wipe down with a damp cloth or towel removing any foam or residue. Leaving your trainers sparkling clean and minty fresh."

Life hacks Insta account @simplelifehacks2 agrees, saying that "non-gel white toothpaste works great for cleaning white-soled sneakers (coloured toothpaste may stain rather than clean sneakers)."


The account's top tips are to really work the paste into the dirty spots and "leave the toothpaste on the shoes for about ten minutes, and then wipe it off with a damp towel. Repeat the process if necessary."

Brb, just off to get our scruffy white trainers pearly white and, er, minty fresh.

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Featured Image Credit: YouTube / Faith Chappelle

Topics: Hack, cleaning, Life, Fashion

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.