How to Clean Keds

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How to Clean Keds
Keeping your shoes clean will help to prolong their life. (old tennis shoe image by Galina Barskaya from

The first company to create a soft-rubber-soled shoe, Keds has long provided clean and stylish footwear. The white canvas shoe may be the most well-known product available from Keds. However, Keds provides footwear in a variety of styles and designs for both adults and children. Like other footwear, Keds will eventually become dirty and require a thorough cleaning. Fortunately, you can clean your Keds with a few common household items.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cloths
  • Small container
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Spoon
  • Toothbrush
  • 2 socks
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Brush surface dirt off of the Keds using a dry cloth.

  2. 2

    Fill a small container with 1 cup of warm water and 1 drop of liquid dish soap. Mix the contents together with a spoon.

  3. 3

    Dip the corner of a clean cloth in the mixture. Rub the dirt, stains and marks gently with the damp cloth until you have cleaned the Keds. Scrub tough stains and marks off with a toothbrush saturated in the mixture.

  4. 4

    Dampen a clean cloth with cool water. Rinse the dish soap mixture off of the Keds with the damp cloth. Place the Keds in a safe location where they can dry. Keep the Keds out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat while drying.

  5. 5

    Remove shoe odours from the Keds by filling an old sock with 2 tbsp of baking soda. Push the baking soda down to the toe of the sock and tie the sock into a knot. Place the socks inside the shoes and let them sit overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a dampened magic cleaning eraser to remove black marks from your Keds shoes.
  • Do not place Keds in the dryer; it may damage the rubber.

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