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4 Ways To Keep Your Sneakers Clean And Spotless

4 Ways To Keep Your Sneakers Clean And Spotless

Everybody loves to keep a favorite pair of white sneakers spotless and clean, especially during the summer and spring seasons. Just one scuff on your favorite white sneakers is enough to ruin a great spring outfit, and we know that white sneakers (like the famous Converse) tend to get dirty easily. Fortunately, there are ways to protect them from getting stained.

There are many methods that can help you to protect your white shoes, regardless of the material they are made of, including leather, mesh, suede or canvas. You can use a product like Crep Protect to keep your Converse clean as long as possible. This way your sneakers become easier to clean when they get marks, scuffs or stains.  Another way to protect your sneakers is by taking notice of the weather. If you have two or three pairs of sneakers, save your white sneakers for dry and sunny days. You might not believe this, but leather sneakers are a lot easier to clean than those made of other materials, and they also repel water better.

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Whatever you do, you can’t protect your white shoes forever. At some point, they will get stained. That’s why many people wonder how they should clean white shoes. Take a look at these effective cleaning methods and decide which one you prefer.

Remember that your initial step should be removing the shoelaces for easy access to the area around the tongue and eyelets. After removing the laces, dampen the sneakers thoroughly with lukewarm water before actually cleaning them.

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Method 1- Using Powder Cleaners

In this method, you can use an abrasive powder detergent along with some heated water in a bowl. When you mix the detergent with heated water it will form a paste-like consistency. Dip a toothbrush into this mixture and scrub the shoe, especially the rubber areas, in a circular motion. Forcefully rub the areas that are more stained, then use some warm water to rinse the shoes. Wipe the sneakers with a clean towel or cloth and check whether it still has stains that require the whole process to be repeated again. If yes, then just repeat the process, and if not, then let your shoes dry. You can also use baking soda instead of an abrasive powder if you prefer.

Method 2- Using Toothpaste

It’s a fact that toothpaste actually works very well for brightening white shoes. Use a non-gel white toothpaste to stain your shoes instead of cleaning them. Apply the white toothpaste to an old toothbrush and start applying it to the shoe’s surface areas where the stains are. When you are finished applying the toothpaste, leave it on the shoes for 10 minutes. After that, you’ll need to wipe the toothpaste off the shoes with the help of a damp cloth or towel. You can repeat the process to get the desired results.

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Method 3- Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

Form a paste-like mixture by adding one tablespoon each of white vinegar, hot water, and baking soda. Apply this mixture with the help of an old toothbrush to the rubber sole and canvas portions of the shoes. You can use more of the mixture if required to clean tough stains. After this, rinse the shoes with lukewarm water to remove all the baking soda and vinegar. Keep the shoes in a warm sunny location to dry them completely.

Method 4– Using a Washing Machine

For this method, you will need a bucket half filled with lukewarm water. Add 2/3 cup of baking soda and a small amount of dishwashing detergent to the lukewarm water, then stir the mixture for some time. Put your sneakers in the bucket and vigorously brush the front area, toe patch, tongue, and eyelets. Remove the dirt as much as possible, then take the shoes out. Next, start your washing machine on a low cycle. Add 1/2 cup laundry detergent and put the sneakers in the machine. Make sure there is no other garment in the washing machine. Don’t use bleach, otherwise any patterns on your sneakers can deteriorate. A cold rinse is recommended for this technique.

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These methods can help you keep your white Converse sneakers in good condition and will help them last longer. Make sure you follow these instructions carefully and do not modify the quantities.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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