How To Clean White Shoelaces

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Imagine this, you’re walking into a restaurant, everything about you is on point. You’ve put in hours to achieve this current look—a “stop eating hot!” look (as Joey from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. once said).
Yet somehow, you’ve managed to forget how dirty and hideous your white shoelaces look. And it takes only something as minor as that to ruin your entire outfit.
For some, this might be kinda embarrassing, and if you belong to this lot, then there’s no way you’ll feel good unless you’ve achieved white, super clean shoelaces. No, you don’t have to waste money on new ones! Just follow these quick tips to clean your white shoelaces.
Let’s jump right into it!


Tools and Equipment You’ll Need to Clean White Shoelaces: 

  • A small/regular sized bowl (glass or plastic)
  • Rubber gloves (for safety measures)
  • An old toothbrush or a scrubber
  • A mesh laundry bag
  • A metal spoon
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry Detergent (liquid)
  • Oxygen-based bleach (for synthetic shoelaces)
  • Chlorine-based bleach (for cotton shoelaces)

3 Ways of Cleaning White Shoelaces 

The Process of Cleaning by Hand without Bleach (Step-by-Step): 

Since this process doesn’t involve and skin harmful acids, it can be done without the help of rubber gloves.

1. Concoct a Cleaning Solution:  

Take the plastic or glass bowl and add 4 cups of hot water and 1/2 spoonful of detergent. The next step is to submerge the shoelaces in this solution. Give them a thorough rub.
Let the laces soak in it for about 20-30 minutes.   

2. Check on the Laces: 

When the time is up, remove them from the soapy water and rinse them under cold tap water. If you’re satisfied with the color, go on to the next step which is allowing it to air dry. If not up, then it’s time to clean them with bleach.

The Process of Cleaning with Bleach (Step-by-Step):  

1. Rinse Away the Mud/Dirt Particles:

Unknot the shoelaces and pull them out from their holes. Often the dirt gets stuck in the tiny areas on the strands. In the event that the laces are grimy, hold them under running water at full power to eliminate the stubborn dirt.

2. Prepare the Laces before Washing Them: 

Now plunge the toothbrush in the detergent and run the soaked bristles along the surface of the laces. Follow this technique until the laces are covered with detergent. Then take the mesh laundry bag and dump the laces in it. 

3. Soak & Wash with a Load of White Laundry: 

The laces you’re cleaning are white so add them with your white laundry clothes. This way 
there won’t be any problem with color stains from other clothes. 

4. To Make Them Whiter Add a Bleach: 

Take the plastic bowl, add two spoonfuls of water, and half a spoon of bleach (the type of bleach you use will depend on the shoelace material). Soak the laces in the bowl for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse them under running water.

5. Hang up the Laces to Let Them Air Dry:  

Lastly, drape the laces over your drying rack. Just so they don’t slip and fall on the ground, tie them in an extremely light knot and leave them to dry.

The Process of Cleaning with Baking Soda (Step-by-Step): 

The tools needed are mostly the same as above, just a few improvements.

1. Make a Baking Soda Paste

In the bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 8 tablespoons of water. Put your shoelaces in the bowl and cover them thoroughly with this paste. Let them sit in the bowl for about 15 minutes.

2. Rinse Them Dry

Once 15 minutes are up, rub the laces against each other or use a toothbrush to get rid of all the dirt. Then rinse the laces thoroughly under cool running water and hang them up to air dry.

Tips to Keep Your White Shoelaces Clean


Of course, buying a new pair of laces is another easy way to go about it. But these 3 ways of washing your white shoelaces are guaranteed and proven to work very well. By following these tips you can be certain your laces will give you the confidence that comes from taking care of every single detail of your outfit! 
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