How to Clean Keds

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Small container
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Spoon
  • Toothbrush
  • 2 socks
  • Baking soda
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.