You don’t have to walk around with dirty shoes. There is an easy way to clean them. In this guide I will show you how to clean white rubber on shoes that will help make them last longer. It’s a super-easy method that only takes 3 steps.

Clean White Rubber On Shoes!

Why clean the rubber? And the rest of the shoe for that matter?

Everyone wants to give a good impression, right? Well, most of us do anyway.

Believe it or not but your shoes can actually show others whether you care about your appearance or not. Ever heard the expression “the shoes make the man”?

The rubber part of your shoes can get pretty dirty, and fast. And with lack of care for your shoes they can actually get damaged far sooner than you think.

Which you guessed it, means another trip to the shops to get a new pair of shoes. And we don’t want that do we?!

Show me the way to clean the rubber!

So you probably want an easy way to clean them. And that is what I want to show you with this post.

I have also written a couple of how to guides on cleaning all of the shoe as well as just the laces. You can check these guides from these links:

Now the method that I will show you in this guide is the best way for you to clean the rubber soles.

There are specific branded products that you could buy that deal with dirty shoes and the rubber part. But the method that I will detail here will include items that you should have at home.

You could of course put your shoes in the washing machine. And that would clean all of the shoe.

But chances are it may not do as good a job as being hands on with your shoe.

Also, you do need to take care with the settings of your washing machine. So please check out the method in this post and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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The Best Way To Clean The Rubber

As I mentioned above you will be hands on with this method. Personally it is the best way to go. And you can have white rubber on your shoes again by taking 3 easy and pretty damn quick steps.

Credit: Anthony DelucV

To show you how to clean the rubber I have included a really helpful video by YouTuber Anthony DelucV. He has nearly 270k followers, and the above video has been viewed nearly 2 million times. So he knows what he is talking about.

What You Need:

  • Dirty Shoes
  • 2 Cloths
  • Bucket or Sink
  • Warm Water
  • Toothpaste (non-gel)
  • Toothbrush (old one preferably)
  • Magic Eraser (optional)

Step 1 – Get your cloth wet

The first thing that you will need to do is to get a cloth and dampen it into a bucket of warm water. You don’t want to use hot water as this may damage the rubber, (and also burn you).

You may want to use a sink instead. Whatever works for you. Just be prepared that your sink may get pretty dirty depending on the state of your shoes.

This step will help to remove any of the superficial stains that you see on your shoes. You will be doing a deeper clean later.


You may want to remove the shoe laces before you begin as if they are quite lengthy they may get in the way. Also, if your laces are dirty and need a clean then it’s best to take these off first.

Step 2 – Toothpaste to the rubber

Now the next step of the method is to apply a few drops of toothpaste onto the rubber part of your shoe. For this step Anthony DelucV recommends that you use a non-gel based toothpaste.

Then using your finger just work the toothpaste into the rubber. Cover all of the rubber with the toothpaste.

You will then need to use an old toothbrush, preferably one that is non-abrasive, and with circular motions work the paste into the rubber. This will help remove any remaining dirt and bring out the whiteness of the rubber.

You could even work on the soles of the shoe as well. But as you can imagine this will take longer to clean as it will be more dirty. It is though entirely up to you if you do this.


A suggestion I have found at Imgur is to use white wall tire cleaner. If you do decide to use that then please let me know how the rubber turned out by commenting below.

Step 3 – Clean off that paste

The final step then is to use a new clean cloth to wipe off the paste from the rubber.

And that’s it!

I told you that it was simple and quick didn’t I?!

I Highly Recommend Magic Eraser!

If you want a better, deeper clean to bring out the whiteness of the rubber then I highly recommend that you buy Mr Clean Magic Eraser. Trust me, this stuff does the job.

Magic Eraser is not really that expensive and the best thing about it is that you can use it all over your home. Not just on your shoes.

You can use it to clean your walls, the bath, the oven door, and anything else that you can think of around your home.

It’s a non-abrasive sponge that is just perfect as it will not scratch your shoes. It can also really help cleanse scuff marks on your shoes.

I do though suggest that you follow the 3 steps that I have outlined above and then use the Eraser on your shoes. Otherwise, you may just want to dampen the rubber of your shoes first before using the sponge.

Anthony DelucV uses the Magic Eraser on the base of the shoe as well as the actual shoes. Anthony even uses this stuff on all of his shoes.

So if you really want to bring your shoes back to their original condition, (or as near as possible), then it’s definitely worth giving the Magic Eraser a try. If only to clean the rest of your home.

Thank You and Please Leave A Comment

I hope that this how to clean white rubber on shoes guide was both helpful and useful. If you think that this post will be helpful then please share it with family and friends using the social media buttons below.

If you have any questions or comments then please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Owain Couch

Making and repairing boots and shoes has been an occupation in my family for generations. I want to carry on the family business by helping you find the best footwear, as well as provide useful guides that will help make them last longer.


Jacob Highley · February 6, 2018 at 1:56 am

Man, this looks so useful! I am constantly finding my shoes dirty eventually, especially on my white tennis shoes.
The main thing that bugs me usually on how dang long it takes to clean those white edges, and they usually look stained after I wash them with water or something.

Love your video on this, though I have a question, how many times can you use these cleaners before you run out?


    Owain Couch · February 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    It really depends on how dirty your shoes are to begin, and also whether you use the Magic Eraser for anything else. It can though last anywhere between 1-3 months.

Kelsey · February 6, 2018 at 1:57 am

Hello! This would have been great to know before I threw away my last pair of Converse! I’ll try this method on my current pair before trashing them.

Also, about how many uses would you say the MagicEraser is good for? I’m interested, but wouldn’t want to buy it if I can only use it once.

    Owain Couch · February 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Kelsey,

    I have planned a special post regarding Converse shoes, so keep an eye out for that.

    It really depends on how dirty your shoes will get and how often. But I would say anywhere between 1-3 months, maybe longer.

Vince · February 6, 2018 at 4:27 am

Oh this is so cool. Just about all my shoes have lost their whiteness and I’ve failed time and time again trying to get them whiter.

This is such a useful post Owain. I’ll be brushing my shoes tonight.

    Owain Couch · February 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    My pleasure Vince, glad that I could be of help. Let me know how you go.

Valerie · February 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm

A Foot Locker worker once told me he uses Windex and a toothbrush to clean his shoes and I thought he was out of his mind lol, but now it makes sense.

It’s crazy how when we get new shoes we are super careful to keep them clean, and then over time they get dirty and we just accept it.

I never considered a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean as those things really are amazing. Do you know if toothpaste with whitening features will clean white soles even better?

    Owain Couch · February 6, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Well there you go Valerie. It doesn’t have to break the bank to clean your shoes and that worker has probably used something that they already has at home, and works for them.

    People do get super-obsessive with their possessions. I hope though that it doesn’t develop into OCD.

    You could use toothpaste with whitening features for the sole, but ordinary toothpaste will do the job just as well. It will just take you a while to scrub those soles clean.

    All the best with those shoes.

Furkan · February 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm

Man I just hate the white rubber and wanted to find an easy solution and I know that toothpaste works, however, I did not know that I need a non-gel based toothpaste. I will definitely try this one from now on.

    Owain Couch · February 14, 2018 at 9:58 am

    You’re welcome Furkan. Glad to be of help. Just be careful of the toothbrush you use. You don tell want it to be too abrasive. Otherwise it will scratch and damage your shoes.

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