For the white cleat girlies, the minimalists, the no frills but still styling soccer gals, a pristine pair of white soccer cleats isn't just a fashion statement; it's a badge of honor. However, the slides, tackles, and battles of the game often leave these prized possessions scuffed and stained. 

Fear not, though, for with the right techniques and a little bit of elbow grease, you can keep your white soccer cleats looking like-new for months and months. In this guide, we'll walk you through a step-by-step on how to clean your white soccer cleats effectively.

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before diving into the cleaning process, it's essential to gather all the necessary supplies. Here's what you'll need:

  • Mild detergent or a specialized shoe cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush or toothbrush
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Warm water
  • Toothpaste (optional)
  • Baking soda (optional)

Step 2: Remove Excess Dirt and Debris

Start by removing any excess dirt and debris from your soccer cleats. Use a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush to gently scrub away surface grime from the outer layer of the cleats. Be sure to pay attention to the seams and crevices where dirt tends to accumulate.

Step 3: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

Next, prepare a cleaning solution using warm water and a mild detergent. Alternatively, you can use a specialized shoe cleaner designed specifically for soccer cleats. Mix the detergent or cleaner with water in a bowl until it forms a soapy solution.

Step 4: Clean the Cleats!

Dip the soft-bristled brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the entire surface of the cleats. Use small, circular motions to work the solution into the synthetic or leather outsole, and the textile sock as needed. Pay extra attention to any stubborn stains or discolorations.

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Step 5: Rinse Thoroughly

Once you've scrubbed the cleats thoroughly, rinse them with clean water to remove any soap residue. Make sure to rinse both the exterior and interior of the cleats to ensure all traces of the cleaning solution are removed.

Step 6: Air Dry

After rinsing, pat the cleats dry with a clean cloth to remove excess water. Avoid using heat sources such as hair dryers or radiators, as these can damage the material of the cleats. Instead, allow the cleats to air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.

Step 7: Optional Steps for Stubborn Stains

If you're dealing with particularly stubborn stains or discolorations, there are a few additional steps you can take:

Toothpaste: Apply a small amount of white non-gel toothpaste to the stained areas and gently scrub with a toothbrush. The mild abrasives in the toothpaste can help lift stubborn stains. Avoid adding to textile fabrics.
Baking Soda: Create a paste using baking soda and water, then apply it to the stained areas of the cleats. Allow the paste to sit for several minutes before scrubbing with a brush and rinsing thoroughly. 

Step 8: Maintain Regularly

To keep your white soccer cleats looking their best, make cleaning them a regular part of your post-game routine. Remove excess dirt and debris after each use, and give them a thorough cleaning whenever they start to look dull or stained.



With the right techniques and a little bit of effort, you can keep your white soccer cleats looking as good as new. By following these simple steps and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you'll ensure that your prized possessions continue to sparkle on the field for many games to come.

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