How to Clean White Shoelaces without Bleach

Do you wear white shoes, or shoes with white laces? If yes, you surely wish to know how to clean white shoelaces without bleach.

Usually, people use bleach to clean their white shoelaces.

As you may know, too much bleaching is going to weaken the shoelaces’ fiber. Also, bleach is not eco-friendly and it may cause health problems. And finally, if your shoelaces are made of leather, you cannot bleach them.

But did you know you can clean the white shoelaces without bleach? Stick on to find out how.

Steps for how to clean white shoelaces without bleach

It is not much work really, but still, since white attracts dirt and stains, you have to be meticulous about it. Here is how to do it.

Remove the loose dirt

Remove the loose dirt from the shoelaces using an old toothbrush. Of course, at this point, you should have removed the shoelaces from the shoes.

Option 1: Clean Using Baking Soda or Toothpaste

To clean with baking soda, start by soaking the white shoelaces in hot water. Leave them to soak for a few minutes.

Swirl using the toothbrush handle to remove the loose dirt. Remove the rest of the dirt using an old toothbrush or use your hands to rub the laces.

Dip the brush in the baking soda and brush the shoelaces with it. Work on them until they are clean. If the laces are not clean, rinse and use more baking soda.

Once they are clean, rinse them thoroughly.

Dry the shoelaces on air away from heat or direct sunlight. Avoid using a dryer to prevent the shoelaces from getting damaged. If you use the dryer, the tips can get damaged and the laces can shrink.

Option 2: Use Soap and Washing Machine

After you remove the loose dirt from the laces using a toothbrush, soak them for 5 minutes in warm water.

Hold the shoelaces in your hand and scrub using a bar of soap.

Soak them again and rinse.

Put the laces in the mesh bag or in a tied pillowcase and place them in the washing machine. It will prevent them from getting wrapped around the agitator, which can damage the machine or the laces.

Launder using regular detergent. Dry them in the sun.

Option 3: The Natural DIY for how to clean white shoelaces without bleach

There is also the natural white sneakers cleaning DIY by “Cat Mom” that went viral on twitter. Who says it can’t work on shoelaces?

It involves removing the shoelaces, applying a mixture of baking soda and detergent at 1:1.5 and scrub using a toothbrush. Allow to sit, rinse and launder using a washing machine. Remove and dry in the sun.

Are white leather shoelaces cleaned the same way?

You should clean white leather shoelaces differently from fabric laces. The good thing with this type of lace is that they do not absorb as much dirt as those made of cotton or polyester. Normally, they are smooth and shiny.

You need to be careful not to damage them.

Remove the loose dirt using a small scrub brush that is gentle on the leather.

Do not immerse the shoelaces in soap the way you do with fiber laces. To clean, simply wipe the leather shoelaces with a dampened cloth. If they are too dirty, you can dampen the cloth using water and saddle soap.

Air-dry them by placing on a piece of cloth or newspaper away from heat or direct sunlight. When dry, apply shoe wax or natural oilsuch as coconut or olive oil in a piece of cloth and polish them.

After the oil treatment, air-dry them for a few hours.


That is it for how to clean white shoelaces without bleach. Just don’t let them get too dirty lest the stains become too stubborn.