• Clean white baby shoes by rubbing them with a raw potato, liquid nonabrasive cleaner, or alcohol before polishing. Or apply toothpaste with an old toothbrush, scrub gently, and wipe off. Let shoes dry before polishing.

  • Spray newly polished white baby shoes with hair spray to pre-vent polish from coming off.

  • Use baby wipes to remove black marks from white shoes.

  • Remove gum from the bottom of shoes by putting them in the freezer. Scrape the gum off when it's frozen.

  • Make white canvas shoes white again by washing them and polishing them with white shoe polish. Let them air-dry.

  • To keep the soles of shoes from being stained with polish, paint the edges with clear nail polish.

  • Use hair spray on stains on tennis shoes. Spray, leave for a few seconds, and wipe with a soft cloth. Or try toothpaste and a toothbrush or a soapy scouring pad. Use bleach or lemon juice in the rinse water if the shoes are white. Even foam bathroom cleaner can be effective on leather sneakers.

  • Spray new sneakers with Scotchguard fabric protector to keep dirt from becoming embedded. Grass stains and mud will come out easier. Spray after every wash.

  • Clean the bottoms of children’s tennis shoes by using an old toothbrush or potato scrubber. Rinse under warm water.

  • Dry out wet tennis shoes overnight by placing them on their sides in front of the refrigerator. The fan should produce constant warm air to dry them.