How to Un-Yellow Jordans

Jordans are type of athletic shoe produced by Nike and named after famed basketball player, Michael Jordan. The introduction of the Air Jordan, in the mid-1980s, caused as much controversy as it did excitement. Up until their debut, shoes worn by professional basketball players were always white. The bold black and red colours and design of the Air Jordan led to regular fines for Michael Jordan when he continued to wear the shoes even after they were banned. The popularity and price of Jordan line shoes dictates that proper care be taken to keep them looking great.

Mix one cup of warm water with one squirt of mild dish detergent in a bowl to make an effective and safe cleaning solution for the white portions of your Jordans.

Dip an old toothbrush in the soap solution. Pat the brush on a clean cloth to remove excess moisture. Scrub the yellowed areas of your Jordans. Apply more detergent to the toothbrush as needed, and continue to scrub.

Dampen a clean cloth with water. Squeeze out excess moisture so the cloth is barely damp. Wipe the scrubbed areas to remove the detergent solution. Dry the surface with a clean, dry cloth.

Tackle any remaining yellowed areas with a non-gel whitening toothpaste. Squirt a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste into the bottom of a dry bowl. Dip the dried toothbrush into the toothpaste to get a light coating on the brush's bristles.

Scrub any remaining yellowed areas with the whitening toothpaste to bleach out the yellow discolouration. Rinse the white surfaces by wiping them off with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean one.


Clean your Jordans weekly to prevent dirt, stains and discolouration from building up.


Use care when removing discolouration with whitening toothpaste. If it accidentally sprays or splatters onto areas of a different colour, quickly wipe off the toothpaste, rinse with a damp cloth and dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Old toothbrush
  • Clean cloths
  • Whitening toothpaste
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.