So, as you all know, a couple of weeks ago I spent the week in Salt Lake City at the Young Living Essential Oils Convention.
I knew we would be walking around a ton, and wanted to bring my favorite pair of sneakers with me.
They are these hideously vibrant yellow Nike’s.
It cracks me up because they should be a total eyesore, but I love them. And I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on them when I wear them.
It always makes me laugh because they really are the opposite of stylish.
But for some reason I was drawn to them, and apparently others are too. Like we’re all mosquitos staring at a buff zapping light. We just can’t look away.
Anyways, I went to pack them and realized – they’re disgusting.
The one thing about having bright yellow athletic shoes is that they get dirty. Really dirty. And they get dirty really quickly.
I’ve been meaning to clean them for quite some time, but have been avoiding it because I just didn’t really know how to tackle it.
I’d slip them on to run errands and cringe as I looked down at them. Knowing what they looked like in their glory days, and knowing how far from that they were.
So, the night before I left for Utah I decided to tackle the job.
My method was a stroke of genius!
I didn’t have time to “wash” them – soak them in soapy water and let them air dry, or even throw them in the washing machine and let them dry.
Clean Your Kicks (when you don’t really have time to wash them)
You will need:
- An old toothbrush
- A dishtowel or rag
1) Stuff the dishtowel inside the shoe so that it is firmly packed in there. This will catch the liquid that you use to clean your shoes, and keep you from having to wait for them to dry. Literally – you can clean them, and slip them right on when you’re done. It’s awesome.
2) Mix some OxiClean according to the fabric and upholstery instructions. It will tell you to do somethings like mix 16 oz of water with about 1/8th of a cup (lowest line on the included scoop) of OxiClean. It will make a foggy liquid.
At first I wanted to make a paste out of it – DON’T DO IT.
Avoid the temptation. Because it will not clean your shoes. When something comes in a powdered form, my first thought is always to make a paste. OxiClean doesn’t work like that. Don’t waste your time. Make the liquid and you won’t regret it.
3) Dip the toothbrush in the liquid and apply it liberally to the shoe fabric. You are literally “washing” the fabric with the liquid, so that it is soaking and passing through the shoe onto the towel. Ya know, like in the OxiClean infomercial, when the guy saturates the t-shirt or piece of carpet with the stain on it? You are essentially doing the same thing.
If you have the time, you could make up a tub of the stuff and actually soak your shoe in it.
I did it this way because I didn’t have time to wait for my shoes to dry out.
4) Continue saturating the shoe fabric until you get the desired level of cleanliness. OxiClean even recommends letting the soaked fabric sit for 5 or so minutes and then coming back to it. You know what that means? That means you can walk away and let the OxiClean do the work for you. No scrubbing. No elbow grease. Just soak those puppies up and walk away. I did this, and then came back for another “wash”/rinse and it was perfection.
The end result?
Blissfully clean shoes.
This method should work with any shoe, of any color, I just know bright and white shoes tend to get dirty faster. So, this should help you get a little more life out of them.