5 Tips to Keep Your White Shoes from Turning Yellow

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Have you ever bought a pair of white shoes that looked great when you first got them but turned yellow over time? 

This can be frustrating, especially if you love your shoes and want them to look nice for as long as possible. 

In this article, I will explain why white shoes turn yellow and give you some tips on how to prevent this from happening.

Let’s get started.

Why do white shoes turn yellow? 

There are a few reasons why white shoes can turn yellow:

  • Exposure to sunlight and UV rays
  • Oxidation of the materials used to make white shoes
  • Contact with moisture and humidity
  • Contact with dirty or oily surfaces

Now, let’s talk about how you can prevent your white shoes from turning yellow.

Tip 1: Regular cleaning and maintenance 

One of the best things you can do to keep your white shoes looking fresh is to clean them regularly. You can use a damp cloth and mild soap to gently wipe away dirt and stains. 

Be sure to let your shoes dry completely before wearing them again.

Tip 2: Storing white shoes properly 

When you’re not wearing your white shoes, it’s important to store them properly. You can put them in a shoe box or on a shelf, but make sure they’re not in direct sunlight or in a humid area.

Tip 3: Using protective sprays and creams 

There are special sprays and creams that you can use to protect your white shoes from yellowing. These products create a barrier between your shoes and the environment, which can help prevent discoloration.

Tip 4: Avoiding certain materials and environments 

Some materials and environments can cause your white shoes to turn yellow more quickly. For example, if you wear your shoes on a dirty or oily surface, they’re more likely to discolor. 

Avoid wearing your white shoes in places where they might get dirty, like on a construction site or in a garden.

Tip 5: Treating stains and discoloration as soon as possible 

If you do notice a stain or discoloration on your white shoes, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain. 

You can use a special cleaning solution or take your shoes to a professional cleaner. You can even use toothpaste for some types of shoes. See How to Use Toothpaste to Clean White Shoes to learn more.


Yellowing is a common problem for white shoes, but it’s not impossible to prevent. By following these tips, you can keep your white shoes looking fresh and clean for as long as possible. 

Remember to clean your shoes regularly, store them properly, use protective sprays and creams, avoid certain materials and environments, and treat stains and discoloration as soon as possible. 

With a little bit of effort, your white shoes can look great for a long time.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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