How to Clean All White Huaraches? Explained in 5 methods!

Nike’s White Huaraches have been all the rage recently for good reason. They’re slick, stylish, and spellbinding, making them one of Nike’s hottest products as of recent months. Once you have a pair, you need to know how to clean all white huaraches, which we’ll explain here in 5 methods. If you aren’t sold yet, take a look at how popular they are on just about any online store from Amazon to Nike’s own webstore.

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Clean all white huaraches or other sneakers
Clean all white huaraches or other sneakers

Summary: how do you clean your all white Huaraches?

  1. Bleaching
  2. Use Baking Soda
  3. Use Toothpaste (non colored one)
  4. Treat your huaraches with Detergent
  5. Use a sneaker cleaner or a magic white sponge

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The best thing about cleaning your huaraches is that anyone can do it with just a handful of tools you probably have at home already: towels, detergent, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bleach, etc. If not, a quick hop to the supermarket should get you up and running.

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Method 1 – Bleaching

Bleaching is a pretty common method to use on white huaraches and on shoes in general but do exercise caution! You must always wear sturdy gloves when handling a chemical like bleach. Failing to do this can result in some pretty nasty skin irritation.

Once ready, simply prepare a large bucket and mix in around 60ml of bleach with just enough warm water to fill the bucket 3 quarters of the way. Mix everything up with your gloved hand or some kind of stick and once everything has been properly mixed, fully submerge your huaraches for around 3½ minutes.

Once done, immediately remove your shoes and allow them to dry under direct sunlight and voila! Your shoes are as good as new. 

Method 2 – Baking Soda

While great as an odor remover for sweaty clothes in general, baking soda works magic on huaraches as well. Prepare your cleaning solution by mixing in a few tablespoons of baking soda along with warm water and a few dollops of vinegar and mix them together until they form a gooey paste that resembles wet cement.

Once done, coat your huaraches with this cleaning paste using either a toothbrush or a cloth (or a vigorous rub with your fingers if you have neither) until evenly coated. You should then leave your shoes alone in a preferably dry and warm area for up to 6 hours or until the pasta has completely hardened. Once dry, remove the hardened paste by gently hitting the shoes against any hard surface and remove any excess using a wet cloth.

Method 3 – Toothpaste 

Toothpaste is another great household alternative for cleaning your huaraches but make sure it’s a non-gel, all-white toothpaste (i.e. it doesn’t have colorful swirlies when squeezed). Cleaning couldn’t be simpler here too – it’s just like brushing your teeth.

Get a toothbrush, squeeze on some toothpaste, and gently brush around all the filthy spots on your shoes as you would with your teeth with various circular motions. Once done, let the toothpaste rest for a few minutes before wiping it all off with a wet towel.

Do note that you may have to repeat the entire process a few more times depending on how dirty they are!

Method 4 – Detergent 

Much like how you’d use bleach as we’ve explained above, laundry detergent can serve the same purpose. Prepare a bucket of warm water and add in just enough detergent to produce a foamy, frothy substance that reminds you of a bubble bath to clean all white huaraches.

Once ready, grab a towel or a soft sponge to soak up the mixture and you’re ready to go – start scrubbing around your shoes gently but firmly and apply a little more pressure than normal on the especially dirty and stained sections. Once done, let your shoes dry outdoors – preferably under warm sunlight – and you’ll be all ready to wear your huaraches out in no time. 

Method 5 – Sneaker Cleaner

Sitting as the least accessible option in our guide, though you probably don’t have a sneaker cleaner at home right now, know that buying one online or at your local footwear store is a breeze. These carefully crafted formulas are designed to do only one thing: clean your sneakers. Using them couldn’t be easier too as they usually come in spray bottles.

You simply spray up to 20 pumps per shoe followed by a gentle brushing down with either a toothbrush or a dedicated shoe brush (both work fine). Once done, use a soft towel (a microfiber towel if you’re especially worried about your shoes) to wipe off any excess liquids and air dry your huaraches for a few hours.

How to Deep Clean all white Huaraches explained (video)


Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t I just chuck my huaraches into my washing machine?  

Technically, despite how Nike suggests only using hand-washing for their huaraches, using a washing machine is possible if your shoes are especially dirty. Of course, we don’t recommend doing this if you love your shoes and aren’t in the mood for some risk-taking but if you must, keep a few things in mind.

If you want to Clean all white huaraches by machine: First remove the laces before throwing in your shoes, use a mesh washing bag or something similar (e.g. pillowcases work wonders), pick the gentlest setting, and do not use any heat. We cannot emphasize the last point enough – only use cold water!

Air Dry your huaraches!

How do I air dry my shoes outdoors if it’s winter? 

Unless you’re somehow living outdoors, the year’s seasons shouldn’t impact your cleaning sessions. Sure, with winter comes both cold temperatures and damp environments, making outdoor airdrying a hassle, but don’t fret. Air drying isn’t some be-all-end-all miracle step in the cleaning process. Simply let them dry in a warm environment inside your home (e.g. kitchens and bedrooms work well).

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