How to quickly restore your trainers to look brand new by using everyday household products under £5

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Throughout lockdown we’ve all been taking up different hobbies in order to pass the time and keep ourselves busy.

One thing in particular that we have been doing is making sure we get some fresh air and get our step count up with daily walks.

However, come rain or shine, over time our favourite footwear has become a little tired and worn out.

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Especially with lockdown restrictions gradually easing and we return to the new normality, it’s time to give your trainers the face lift that they deserve. If you were thinking of retiring them to the shoe bank, then stop right there.

OK!’s Fashion Stylist and Writer Scott has provided you with three super simple and quick hacks that use everyday products from your kitchen and bathroom cupboards that will have your trainers looking brand new in no time.

So let's not waste any more time and dive straight into what you need and how you can do it.

Before we get started, the first thing to do is remove the laces from the trainers that you’ll be cleaning and pop them into a solution of warm water and a scoop of Vanish Oxi Action stain remover.

You can leave these to the side to soak for 30 minutes.

Then wipe the surface of the trainers to remove any loose dirt.

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What’s needed:

Micellar Water

Cotton pads

Clean toothbrush

This first hack is really straightforward and easy to do.

All you do is simply apply some of the micellar water to the cotton pads and rub them over the surface. You’ll find the dirt immediately starts to lift from the trainer.

You may need to repeat this a few times to get into the stubborn marks.

If you find the cotton pads aren’t lasting long, pop some of the micellar water into a bowl and dip a clean toothbrush into it and scrub away to lift the remaining stains.

Hack 2:

What’s needed:

1 Cup of warm water

1 tbsp Bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp White vinegar


Clean cloth

For the second hack, add the bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to the cup of warm water and mix together so it becomes cloudy and the powder has dissolved.

Then with your clean cloth, dip it in the solution and then go straight in to wiping the surface and removing the stains and dark patches.

For the annoying marks that won't give in, use a clean toothbrush to really scrub away at the fabric.

Once done, leave to rest for 30 minutes and then rinse with clean water.

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Hack 3:

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What’s needed:


Bowl of water

Clean damp cloth

Kitchen roll sheets/ old newspaper

This last hack is more targeted towards lifting the creases which naturally form on the trainers after multiple wears.

Firstly, pop your iron on to a low temperature to get warming up.

In the meantime dip the kitchen roll sheets or newspaper pages into the water so they’re damp and then stuff these inside your trainer.

After this, cover the outside of the trainer with a damp clean cloth and with your iron just simply apply to the trainer and it will allow the fabric to relax and lift.

You may have to repeat this multiple times to see more of a difference.

And there you have it, three super simple and easy hacks to give your tired trainers a new lease of life.

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