Hi, I'm Jeff. I'm here to show you how to effectively clean your shoes in a most frugal manner ever with just products around the house. Well, what I brought with me is a water bottle with about a tablespoon of detergent, non-bleach, of course, in case it gets on your canvas and stuff like that. You dont want to bleach it. A pencil with a clean eraser. Ill show you how to use this later, but its a very effective tool on cleaning vulcanized shoes. An old tooth brush, try to not use the one you have, in case, you know, you want to brush your teeth later brushing it with dirt and mud and stuff. A cloth, always effective too. Good for pretty much just wiping and smearing stuff. Some paper towels to pick-up the excess moisture.
I brought a couple pairs of shoes with me today varying levels of dirtiness on the soles. This one, Ive worn about probably like, 30 times. Its pretty dirty, but still pretty clean. These half cabs, too. Ive actually worn these a couple times, but its kind of getting there, I would say like, medium kind of dirty. So, what we have here is the vulcanized sole, fairly dirty on the sides. Well, because the way I drive, its fairly dirty on the back break heel right here. So for the eraser, since these are rubber soles and rubber against rubber, rubber eraser, will cause friction and actually take off stains and dirt. Well, not just stains, but more, dirt off of the sole. So, you see this whiter spot here, as opposed to dirtier spots. Its a very effective way to take off dirt off your shoes. Its actually the messier way because youre going to have more, pretty much rubber particles all over the place, so I dont recommend doing this first. I recommend doing this after you actually wipe the shoes clean. For that, I have about a tablespoon of color-safe detergent in here, in a water bottle. You want to use fairly just a little bit of water on here, so you dont cause too much of a mess. You may be asking yourself, why Im not using a sponge? A sponge holds a lot more water and itll be a lot messier. You dont want any of the dirtier water to touch pretty much any other part of the shoe. You can just, pretty much, just scrub. As you can see right here, its taken off a lot of the dirt already and this is for my worst shoe, my worst condition shoe. So that works real well and if you do have any excess water, thats what the paper towels are for. If you have too much water on there, you want to pretty much dry it off as fast as possible, so none of the dirtier, pretty much, because the water gets black, you dont want it to touch any other part of the shoe, otherwise, youre pretty much staining your shoe and just making it worse. What about the toothbrush for? Its because some of the soles actually have texturing up in front, so the rag wont always get into the deeper portions of the shoe. So you kind of want to loosen up the dirt first. Pretty much scrub it like youre brushing your teeth. Just, dont put it in your mouth and youll be all good. Then you can take the rag afterwards. Pretty much just wipe it clean. It gets it way cleaner before, and then, right here. Pretty much thats the way I clean my shoes. For the eraser, I like using it on the back portions, on the darker portions of the shoe, which are harder to scrub when I get these off as well and see the color difference after Im done. Right here, you can see the color difference. Its way whiter here where I did erase as opposed to right here. Pretty much, you can salvage any of your shoes in any way possible.
So pretty much, when you clean your kicks, you should probably at least clean them when you have time. Im not saying you have to clean them after every time you use them, at least once a month, once a week. Just try to maintain them, so you can pretty much increase the longevity of the shoe. As for mud, a lot of you are probably asking yourself, what if I get mud on my shoes? 1 if you get mud, pretty much, on the top portion of your shoe, like this canvas shoe right here. If you get mud on the top, youre going to want to let it dry first. If you try to take the mud off while its still wet, youre going to pretty much smear it and embed it into the material. Then, take probably a suede brush, or any brush in general and just brush it off, right when it dries off. Then, you can start cleaning it with your rag and your detergent water and just start padding it and rubbing it thru and it should come off. Or you can just protect your shoes with scotch guard or any type of water repellent protectant. Well, thats all I have for cleaning shoes. Pretty much all you need: your dirty kicks, a rag, some paper towels for pretty much cleaning up dirty water so that it doesnt get all over your other stuff, a toothbrush used, of course and never used again in your mouth a clean eraser, and pretty much, detergent water color-safe detergent. About a tablespoon of color-safe detergent and warm or cold water.