How to Treat Yellow Soles in Shoes

After a while, the soles in our shoes start to fade in color and gradually begin yellowing. This can be rather a tragic sight to bear; however, I have made a list of a few simple methods which will surely brighten up those soles in no time.

So, it is time for you to get up and take some serious steps to treat the yellowing soles of your shoes.

A Step-by-step Instruction for Cleaning Yellowing Shoes

The heat and sweat from our skin accumulate on the soles and these particles gradually oxidize. This, as a result, causes them to become yellowish in color.

In fact, other white items such as white shoes will inevitably turn yellow in color. This is owed to oxidization.

Read along to find out about some very easy solutions you can apply to your shoe soles. The best part about these solutions is, that you probably already have everything you need in your very home!

How to Treat Yellow Soles in Shoes

Using Baking Soda mixed with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has natural bleaching properties, as well as, antiseptic and antifungal. This makes it a great cleaning agent to treat yellowing surfaces. Mixing this with baking soda is sure to give satisfactory results.

  1. To begin with, collect hydrogen peroxide and some baking soda.
  2. Mix these two ingredients together and make form a paste.
  3. Take a clean toothbrush that you don’t use for regular purposes. Apply some of the paste using the toothbrush and gently rub it on all of the yellowed surfaces.
  4. Put your shoes out in direct sunlight and allow them to soak. Remember to put them side up.
  5. Rinse off the paste with cool, running water.
  6. If you find that those yellow stains are still persistent, then you can repeat these steps.

Go for Bleach

  1. Make a mix of equal parts of water and equal parts bleach.
  2. Moisten an old toothbrush into this mix.
  3. Use the toothbrush to scrub on the yellowed surface gently. You can scrub on the rest of the surface as well.
  4. Wash off the surface of the shoes using running water.
  5. Similar to the method using baking soda and peroxide, you need to follow the same steps five to six times more.

Use Toothpaste to Treat your Yellow Soles

This method is the easiest; all you need is some toothpaste and an unused toothbrush with soft, clean bristles.

  1. First, apply a generous amount of toothpaste on the yellowed surfaces of the soles.
  2. Then, use the toothbrush to gently (but firmly) rub the toothpaste over the surfaces.
  3. Add a bit amount of water to form a foam kind of texture.
  4. Scrub the yellowed surfaces with your toothbrush again.
  5. Take a clean paper napkin, or a towel or a cloth. Moisten it with some water and use that to properly clean the toothpaste off the surfaces.
  6. As usual, if you find that there are still some traces of those yellow left on your soles, then worry not and, just simply go through the same steps four to five times.

Mixing White Vinegar with Baking Soda

  1. You need to start by making a mixture that contains warm water, white vinegar, and baking soda. Add an equal amount of water with an equal amount of white vinegar. To this mixture, add baking soda that is just enough to form a paste.
  2. Put your shoes on an old newspaper and turn them over.
  3. Find a toothbrush with clean bristles to apply this paste on the yellowed surfaces with. You can also apply this paste all over the entire sole if you want to.
  4. Let your shoes rest for forty to forty-five minutes and allow the paste to dry during this time.
  5. Once it’s dry, scrub it off using the same toothbrush.
  6. Now, properly rinse the soles. Hold your shoes under cool, running water and let the remaining bits of the dried paste fall off and wash away.
  7. Dry your shoes with a clean paper napkin or a cloth and leave them out in the air to dry off any excess water.

Add Flavor to your Soles using Salt

Just kidding! However, I’m not joking about using salt. Salt is an amazing, natural cleaning agent and it works well in treating discoloration.

  1. First of all, you need warm water in a container or a jar.
  2. Add one to two tablespoons of salt to the water.
  3. Moisten the bristles of the toothbrush in this solution.
  4. Start firmly scrubbing the surface of your soles; especially the yellowing areas. (Tip: it is best to scrub the surface in a circular motion).
  5. Thoroughly rinse your shoes with cool, running water.
  6. Dry them using a clean cloth or paper napkins and leave them outside to allow the excess water to dry off.

Cleaning Commercial Whiteners for Shoe Soles

If your instinct says that it is better to go for commercial shoe sole whiteners instead of using cleaning agents found in your home; then that’s a good decision well.

Whiteners for shoe soles are available at any reliable shoe store and they work best if you follow the guidelines proved on the product label.

You should dust off all the excess dirt and grass before you use the whitener on your soles.

Go through the instructions provided on the product label and start applying the whitener accordingly. You should have desired outcomes, once you are done.

Closing Thoughts

Nothing screams “not maintained” or “un-groomed” more than yellowing shoe soles. As I mentioned already that it is something that is inevitable; because of the natural process known as oxidation.

However, there are still many hacks and tips which can help you regain the white color of the soles in your shoes.

I hope my article on how you can treat yellow shoe soles will be able to help you when you need it.

Best of luck! 

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