How to Remove Dried Dirt Stains From White Shoes

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Things You'll Need

  • Scrub brush

  • Clean cloths

  • Stain erasing sponge

  • Baking soda


Mud stained can be more easily removed by allowing them to dry first. This way the stain isn't spread as you try to remove it.

Scouring powder washes off dried dirt stains. Use a bleach-based scouring powder on shoes that are completely white for an added cleaning boost.


Cleaning dirt stains on your white shoes with liquid chlorine bleach may cause yellow discoloration on your shoes.

Consistent care keeps white shoes clean.

Dirt stains seem to accumulate faster on white shoes. Keeping your white shoes looking brand new requires consistent removal of dirt stains without causing discoloration or damage to the shoes. By using proper cleaning supplies and techniques, you can keep white shoes clean and easily get rid of dirt stains. Since excessive moisture damages most shoes, it's important to clean your shoes using the driest cleaning methods possible.


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Step 1

A dry scrub brush loosens dried-on dirt.

Bring your dirt stained white shoes outside. Brush the dried dirt with a dry scrub brush to remove it. Continue to brush the entire exterior of your shoes with the scrub brush until you've removed the dirt from the surface of your shoes.


Step 2

Wipe dried dirt residue off your white shoes with a dry cloth. Buff your shoes with the cloth to remove more dried dirt from the surface.

Step 3

Dampen a stain erasing sponge with a little bit of water. Squeeze out the sponge to remove excess liquid. Rub any remaining dried dirt stains with the magic stain erasing sponge to remove dirt from the pores of the material.

Step 4

Wet a clean cloth with water and wring out excess moisture. Sprinkle baking soda onto the damp cloth and scrub any stubborn dried dirt stains still left on your white shoes. The mild abrasive safely removes the stains without damaging the material.


Step 5

Old towels are useful for cleaning dirty shoes.

Wipe baking soda residue off with a clean cloth.



Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.