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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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