Sneakers can look grimy pretty quickly. If you don’t want to toss your Chuck Taylors into the wash, here’s what to do…

• To clean the rubber tips of your Converse (or Converse-like) shoes, use rubbing alcohol. Just lightly soak a heavy cloth and rub away at the grime. Or, you can do what this guy does…

• After wiping the debris off your white leather or canvas sneakers with a soapy rag, give them a rub down with a sponge or rag dampened with some lemon juice. (Pulp-free juice from the bottle is the easiest to use.) The lemon-juice rub will also brighten up colored canvas. Wipe the sneakers clean. Air dry.

• To help your sneakers stay cleaner longer, give them the once-over with spray starch. It will help them resist future dirt and grime.

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