I spent hours wondering how to clean white shoes that seemed to be well and truly beyond repair.
They were covered in dirt, the laces were almost black, and to say they no longer looked wearable was an understatement.
Toying between soaking them and throwing them out, I remembered a $5 cleaning hack I'd written about a few months prior.
While it was originally used to clean fabric furniture stains, I later saw it being used to clean sneakers, so I decided it was worth a shot.
All you need is a $5 box of Polident denture cleaning tablets, some stain removing washing powder, a towel and some sunshine.
If you don't have $5, consult your grandma, because yes, the tablets are meant for... dentures.
I used a generous three tablets of Polident, and let them dissolve in warm water. I then took the shoe laces out of my shoes, and chucked them all in. A little unsure what to do next, I grabbed an old toothbrush and got to scrubbing, determined that maybe that would help.