How to Whiten Mesh Sneakers

by Jaimie Zinski

Whether you're running, jogging or enjoying a daily walk, a pair of mesh sneakers come with many benefits. The mesh, a lightweight fabrick that allows air movement around your feet, keeps your feet cool while reducing sweat-related odors. However, mesh isn't stain resistant, and your white mesh shoes may look dirty and dingy after a hike or run. Skip the bleach, which can degrade this delicate fabric, and whiten your mesh shoes without causing damage.

Step 1

Create a mixture of three cups of lukewarm water and one teaspoon mild dish soap. Stir the water until suds form. Dampen an unwanted soft-bristled toothbrush with the soapy mixture.

Step 2

Scrub the mesh sneakers with the soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse the brush under a cool tap if it becomes caked with mud or dirt. Dampen the toothbrush when necessary with the soapy mixture and continue to clean until you've scrubbed the entire mesh surface.

Step 3

Rinse the shoes with cool water. If any stains persist, or the white mesh appears yellow or discolored, pour one cup of white vinegar into a plastic spray bottle.

Step 4

Spray the stained or discolored mesh with the white vinegar, then set the white mesh shoes in a sunny spot. Allow the combination of the white vinegar and the sun's rays to naturally and safely whiten the mesh for 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 5

Rinse the mesh shoes under a cool tap. Skip the dryer, and allow them to air-dry completely before wearing.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Plastic spray bottle