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Sunday, July 15, 2012


Hi everyone!  This is one of those cleaners, that if I hadn’t tried it myself, I would NEVER believe it worked! 

I bought my little one a couple of pairs of cute shoes at a second hand store.  The bottoms were gross…really gross on one of them. But, I figured they were a good brand, and worth a couple of bucks, to see if I can clean them up.  And, if I couldn’t clean them, she could have them as play shoes.  I remember seeing a talk show or something, where they mentioned using toothpaste to clean the bottoms of the shoes.  Yeah, right.  (Or so I thought!). 

001  The left shoe is before cleaning, the  right shoe is after!

003Both shoes, bright and shiny!

I just used what toothpaste we had,  an old toothbrush, and some elbow grease.  I couldn’t believe how quickly it cleaned them!  This was not just ‘surface’ dirt…it was like part of the shoe! I had tried soap, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and comet. Nothing worked.  I really didn’t want her wearing them out in the condition they were in.  But, now they are awesome!  Love those KEENS!

So, I immediately ran to her room and found the other pair, not Keens, but still cute:

009on this one, I tried to leave a spot that wasn’t cleaned, so you could see the difference.  I couldn’t get a great picture, because of the flash, but here  are a couple. The results were amazing!

012These shoes were so dirty and disgusting…I had actually put them up in her closet so she wouldn’t wear them!  But once I saw how the Keens turned out, I brought them out, still doubting that it would work on these babies, but oh yeah!  It’s amazing. 

So, if you have some shoes that need a little love, try the toothpaste trick!

Thanks for stopping by!


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