How to bleach shoelaces?

White shoelaces are a classic in the fashion world, but there is a very troublesome problem? White shoelaces are prone to yellowing, blackening, and pilling. Are you often troubled by how to bleach shoelaces? Today, I will tell you a few super simple and effective shoelace bleaching tips to help you easily wash white shoelaces as white as new.


Trick 1: Bleach to restore whiteness


Bleach is one of the first tools for many people to wash white shoelaces, and it is also the simplest and most convenient method.

  • You only need to prepare a small container, dilute it into an appropriate amount of light yellow solution according to the ratio of bleach and water 1:5.
  • Then soak the shoelaces in the solution. Note that the soaking time should not be too long. Generally speaking, soaking for about 5 minutes is enough. If the shoelaces are very dirty or the stains are stubborn, you can extend the soaking time appropriately, but the longest should not exceed 15 minutes to avoid damaging the fiber of the shoelaces.
  • Finally, rinse the shoelaces with clean water and dry them. Note that you should be careful when using bleach to avoid hurting your hands. Moreover, this method is only applicable to white shoelaces.


Trick 2: laundry detergent + whitening toothpaste

I have tried this method myself and it works well.

  • Use laundry detergent or powder to clean normally, mainly to clean the surface dust.
  • Rub with whitening toothpaste for 2 minutes or brush gently back and forth with a toothbrush, and then wash with clean water.
  • After cleaning the basic stains, use whitening toothpaste to make foam, then soak toilet paper and leave it overnight. Rinse with clean water the next day, and that’s it.

The advantage of this method is that it can remove the yellowed part of the shoelaces. If you have the time and energy to remove the pilling part of the shoelaces, it will be the same as new.


Trick 3: detergent + alcohol + baking soda

If you think brushing with toothpaste is too strenuous, there is another simple method.

  • Find a basin, and dilute the detergent + 75% alcohol + baking soda + water.
  • Put the white shoelaces in and soak for a few minutes
  • After the stains are dissolved, take them out and wash them with clean water.

The advantage of this method is that there is no need to rub or soak the paper towels, just soak them. And the effect is also very good.


No matter which method you choose, make sure to check the washing label of the shoelaces carefully before cleaning to ensure that they will not be damaged. With these simple steps, you can easily restore the whiteness of white shoelaces, extend their life, and keep your shoes stylish and clean at all times.

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