One day a light bulb went off in my head. I just bought these super cute shoes (see above) and the heels started attract dirt. Boo. I also have some yellow shoes I love to wear but have permanent dirt stains on the heels. To keep my shoes clean, I throw them in the washer every so often in my washer; but that doesn’t stop me from dropping food on them, or stepping in mud ten minutes later. Quite honestly, treating stains on my shoes is not something I want to do regularly because I have a hard enough time folding all of the laundry AND putting it away. Fact, there’s a basket in my bedroom right now that needs both from I can’t remember when, maybe last Thursday. It’s an extra step I don’t want to take every time. Insert light bulb moment; Scotchgard. My shoes are made of fabric, Scotchgard protects fabric and upholstery, Scotchgard should help keep my shoes cleaner. Now why didn’t I think of the before the heels of my shoes became stained?

Keeping Shoes Cleaner

They even suggest using it on canvas shoes. Aren’t they so smart. 🙂


Simply apply the Scotchgard as directed on the bottle. I took my shoes outside and sprayed a couple of times waiting 2-3 minutes between coats, then left them outside to dry. Scotchgard does stink so if you’re doing this indoors, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area; have a couple of windows open. This is not a sponsored post, the idea just came to me because I happen to have a can on hand and thought it would be a great way to keep canvas shoes clean.

The directions mention that you should reapply after every cleaning; however, I think you could get away with every other cleaning if you coated your shoes well and don’t wear them daily. The Scotchgard will break down as you wear them and expose your shoes to damage causing agents. I don’t wear my canvas shoes every day and I wash them when they become grungy. Anyhoo, it’s up to you how often you reapply Scotchgard but those are my thoughts. Hopefully, my shoes will stay nice and clean like this:

Shoe Cleaner

Happy Cleaning!


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29 Responses to Keep Your Shoes Looking New

  1. Great idea! I will totally be trying this!

  2. mjhooper2013 says:

    I wear white tennies and they are not supposed to be machine washed. But this will help a lot and they won’t have to go where they are not supposed to (the washer) so often………thanks a whole lot for making my day…….

  3. What great ideas…thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now!

  4. igotthismartha says:

    Perfect idea! I wish I would have thought of that!

  5. My little girl gets her shoes dirty so fast! This is a great solution. Thanks for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  6. this is a great idea. I’m going to have to give it a try.

  7. Great idea! Perfect for my TOMS 🙂

  8. Self Sagacity says:

    Man, that’s so simple, why didn’t I think of that? haha. Fabulous idea! I will give a try. Thanks.

  9. It’s so funny how we forget to use things in other ways than we’re used to! this makes perfect sense, but I’ve never thought of it.

    • It’s just one of those duh moments, especially since the can even recommends it for canvas shoes. The can also says clothes so now I’m thinking of using it on my white shirts since I spill on myself when I wear white.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Such a clever idea, thanks for sharing!

  11. Jane says:

    Great idea! I’m going to try this on my daughters expensive Toms. And thanks for linking up to Frugalicious Friday. The party will be ON again this week, so stop on by!

  12. I never read on the back to check if these can be used on shoes. So simple and time saving.. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Carrie says:

    Brilliant! I featured this great tip at Think Tank Thursday. Thanks for linking up last week!

  14. Great idea, I don’t know why I haven’t ever thought of this! I use it on my throw pillows but this just makes sense. 🙂

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