This hack to clean your white sneakers is going viral

This hack to clean your white sneakers is going viral

There comes a time in everyone's life where they realize that mother dearest isn't around to wipe their nose, pack their lunch and provide general words of wisdom and other life advice any longer. It's time to start adulting. Everyone learns one way or another how to cook a hot meal (hello grilled cheese sandwiches) and that you need to wash your red items separate to your whites.

But what about washing your... sneakers? Especially with everyone's apparent preference at the moment to ditch the dressy shoes and leap out of the door in the far more comfortable - albeit glorified - sports shoe, isn't this something we should all know?

Apparently not; until now, thanks to the internet and its ability to spotlight something as trivial as this, given the right amount of attention. This particular hack for squeaky clean sneakers comes from Twitter user Sarah who posted a dramatic "transformation picture" of her clearly well-worn and well-loved Converse Chuck Taylors.

Her post went viral, and I mean, why wouldn't it? Those bad boys are practically sparkling after whatever magical spell she cast on them. You'd think they were brand new. The sneakers were quite grim to start with, which got a few people wondering...

But others were quick to sympathize with Sarah, referring to the "before" picture and asking "If your chucks don’t look like figure A do you even walk." That's just the way they are.

Some people were skeptical about whether she even washed them, or if she just blasted them with a few coats of white paint.

Allegations which Sarah quickly shut down, replying "it's the baby powder but ok". It was a wild thread, with people from all over the place adding their own comments of awe about the difference in the shoes, plus some classic Twitter banter to boot.

The tweet amassed over 9,000 likes, 1,200 shares and 200 comments over two days, and people were very curious about how she achieved her minor miracle. She later revealed exactly how she made her shoes go from stank to stunning in a new Tweet.

Surprisingly, it doesn't take too much effort at all. Sarah went through each step to re-whiten her sneakers:

"Ok rinse shoes, mix 1:1.5 of baking soda & detergent, scrub w toothbrush, let it sit for a while, rinse, put in washer, baby powder/dry".

Huh. Not that difficult, and most of that stuff is probably lying around the house anyway (but probably don't reach for your housemate's toothbrush – it's likely he'll notice).

People were grateful that Sarah shared her wisdom:

But there seemed to also be a lot of people imploring Sarah to just buy new shoes instead:

Then again, there were others who told her to add it to her list of professional achievements:

In any case, there are a lot of appreciative people who have been ignited with hope about the fate of their grubby-looking sneakers. This is one you won't be needing to ask your mom about.