Revive Your Classic Chucks: A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Converse Chuck Taylors Naturally at Home

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars are a classic shoe that has been around for over a century. They are popular for their comfort, durability, and style. 

However, like any shoe, they can get dirty and smelly over time. 

In this article, we will show you how to clean your Converse Chuck Taylors naturally at home using simple ingredients.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • A clean, damp cloth
  • A toothbrush or an old brush
  • A bowl
  • Water
  • A towel


  1. First, remove the laces from your shoes and set them aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the baking soda and white vinegar to create a paste.
  3. Using the toothbrush or old brush, apply the paste to the upper part of the shoe, paying extra attention to any dirty or stained areas.
  4. Allow the paste to sit on the shoes for a few minutes. This will give the cleaning solution time to work and will help to loosen any dirt or grime that may be stuck to the shoes.
  5. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste, being sure to remove all traces of dirt and grime.
  6. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining paste and wipe down the entire shoe.
  7. Allow the shoes to air dry completely before putting the laces back in.

Important Reminders: 

Be sure to spot-test the paste on a small, inconspicuous area of the shoe before applying it to the entire shoe. 

Additionally, do not put your shoes in the washing machine or dryer as this can damage the shoe and cause shrinkage.

Won’t Using Vinegar Cause Discoloration?

It is possible that the baking soda and white vinegar solution could cause some discoloration or fade on the surface of your Converse Chuck Taylors, especially if they are made of a light-colored or delicate material. 

However, this is not a common occurrence when using this cleaning solution on Chucks, and you can take a few precautions to prevent discoloration.

  1. Spot test first: Before using the solution on your entire shoe, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the shoe to see if there is any discoloration or fading.
  2. Use less vinegar: You can reduce the amount of white vinegar in the solution to make it less acidic, which may reduce the risk of discoloration.
  3. Use a gentle brush: Avoid using a stiff brush when applying the solution, as this can cause scuffing and discoloration. Instead, use a toothbrush or an old, soft-bristled brush.
  4. Avoid prolonged soaking: Be mindful of the time that the solution sits on your shoes, the longer it stays on the more likely discoloration can happen.
  5. Consider the color of your shoes: If your Chucks are a light color, you may want to avoid using the solution altogether and opt for a gentler cleaning method.

By following these precautions, you can reduce the risk of discoloration or fading when cleaning your Converse Chuck Taylors with a baking soda and white vinegar solution. 

But, if you are still unsure, it’s best to consult the manufacturer’s care instructions or consult with a professional cleaner.

How Often Should You Clean Your Chucks? 

It is recommended to clean your Chucks every 2-3 months or as needed.

7 Tips to Keep Your Converse Chuck Taylors Clean and Make Them Last Longer

  1. Protect them from the elements: To prevent stains and damage from rain, snow, and salt, you can use a waterproofing spray on your shoes. This will also make it easier to clean them in the future.
  2. Rotate your shoes: Give your Chucks a break and rotate them with other shoes in your collection. This will help prevent excessive wear and tear on one pair. 
  3. Use odor-eliminating insoles: If your shoes tend to get smelly, use odor-eliminating insoles to keep them fresh.
  4. Store them properly: When not in use, store your Chucks in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help prevent cracking, warping, and discoloration.
  5. Clean them regularly: Cleaning your Chucks regularly, as discussed in this article, will help prevent dirt and grime from building up and causing permanent stains.
  6. Take care of your laces: Your laces can quickly become dirty, so be sure to wash them regularly. You can do this by hand with a mild detergent, or by putting them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.
  7. Get them resoled: If you notice the sole is worn down, you can have a new sole put on at a cobbler. This will help prevent slipperiness and prolong the life of your Chucks.


Cleaning your Converse Chuck Taylors at home is a simple and natural way to keep them looking fresh and new. By using baking soda and white vinegar, you can easily remove dirt and grime without harsh chemicals.

Got white Chucks but don’t have baking soda or vinegar on hand? See How to Use Toothpaste to Clean White Shoes.

Appreciate you taking the time to read.

-Baking Soda Guy  

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