How to: Clean White Shoes

Spring is coming, which means it is the official season for white shoes. Mine get used all year around but now especially they will be starting to rack up some heavy mileage. So… it’s time to take them out of storage but they do not look as good as you remembered? Before you jet off to the store for a new pair take a moment to revive some life back into them.

For a little reference, as to if this really works, this specific pair of white Converse has been in use for about two to three years. Yes, parts have worn done, however, unless they suddenly break a hole there is no need for them to be replaced. When I first received these shoes, I did spray them down with DetraPel, yet they still get, well a bit gross. Don’t worry, these tips do not require you to first use DetraPel in order to receive lasting results. It is never too late to show a little love to your favorite shoes. Plus you probably have all the items in your house right now. No, special products or gimmicks here.

Step #1: Baby Wipes

First unlace each shoe and remove the laces to allow full exposure of the base of each shoe. Baby wipes are gentle yet effective for removing that first layer of nastiness. No, this will not immediately make the shoes white, but it is the first step to having great results. Don’t have baby wipes, no problem, simply use a wet paper towel with a drop of soap.

Step #2: Clorox

This is a harsher product; however, it is very effective. Watch the rubber sides of your shoes magically turn white. You can also wipe the canvas of the shoes with this, but if you are cleaning shoes that are not, wipe test it on the inner part of the shoe first.

Step #3: Bleach (NO!)

You may be thinking why don’t you just use bleach,  it makes whites whiter right? Wrong, it all depends on the chemistry of the fabric; it may end up turning the fabric a yellow or brown color. Eww!! White Converse are not a fan of bleach, I tried it. You will see in the video parts of the shoes turned colors where I tested the bleach. Try the inner side or the tongue before you go crazy, it took a while for mine to turn colors so wait for the test area to fully dry before moving further.

Step #4: Rubba Dub Dub

Toss them in the washer, before you say eww no, remember you’ve already taken off a majority of the nastiest parts of the shoes in the other steps. If you cannot stomach the thought of washing your shoes where you wash your delicate items simply wash the washing machine afterwards with a machine cleaner,here is one by Tide (this is not an affiliate link). Also throw in the shoe laces to get them nice and clean as well.

Step #5: Drying

No, the shoes do not go in the dryer, simply stuff some paper towels or a cloth inside each shoe and make sure it is packed tightly. Set them aside for a couple of hours or overnight to dry, to speed up the drying time replace the paper towels or cloth every couple of hours to allow maximum absorption.

Lace up your shoes and they are ready to be worn with a fancy dress or well anywhere because they look pretty darn new.

 

Watch the full tutorial here!

XOXO Faith

 

 

So… you hate your job. |Fighting for ME

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Through the ages we are constantly quizzed on who we are and what we long to become, but it all halts after a couple decades. It then becomes this daunting anxious energy of if I see this or that person will they ask the question? Often, I fall into this pit too wondering when I go places who will ask me, what is your job? Something so simple yet it can change the way you feel about yourself and sadly how you view others subconsciously.
It’s as if once you graduate there is this timer, where if you do not complete the mission in 0 to 60 you’ve failed. People say oh it’s fine you’ll get there eventually but most of the time you can feel that it isn’t exactly genuine. Then there are the blunt people who are considered rude yet they utter what you’ve secretly been asking yourself. “Look at you now, graduated and doing this”, it’s a mocker yet you cannot be too upset since you do it to yourself too.

Why do jobs define people so heavily, it’s similar to the ring status as well. Before you get
engaged people hound you as to why you’re still single. After you get engaged it is all about when the wedding will be and, why are you’re not married yet. Next, it’s all about when you’ll pop out your first child, then the second. It’s this never ended pressure that society has drilled into us. So, how do we step away from the mold and exist happily without the constant comparisons?

I wish I had all the answers, but I honestly don’t. However, don’t give up on me just yet! Here’s the thing, when you feel this way, and trust me most people reach this point, unfortunately. First remember you’re not the only one. Once you realize this it becomes a choice of if you will let society define your happiness based off of cash flow or marital status. Only you can decide what you allow to have an effect on you.

So, your job sucks you and want to move past it, but how?
You could simply seek out a new job but the truth is there will always be people who hate what they do regardless of what paycheck they receive. People either do the job because they love it or for the paycheck, let’s be honest. Stepping past this here are some other things to implement.

Wake Up & Love
Find a reason to get up in the morning that makes you radiate happiness, this could be a hobby or well anything. No, Netflix does not count. An example could be crafting, baking, dancing etc. Once you figure it out write it down as part of your daily to do list. If it starts to feel like a chore to do it daily then start with twice or once a week at the same time every week, make it a habit.

For me it is creating, so I subscribed to a program that offers lessons on different projects and much more. It is an outlet that sparks joy for me. At first my focus was on how much I needed to learn in order to make a profit from crafting. In actuality, the focus should be having been on the joy it brought rather than turning everything into cash flow. Yes, you can make a business from your hobby but once you make it the sole purpose it brings forth a new pressure and zaps the happiness right out of it.

Move It, Move it!
Move in some way four times a week. If exercise isn’t your forte try something different like dancing, walking or yoga. Don’t feel trapped into a cycle of feeling as if it must be an hour event of all cardio and sadness. I hate running so I’m not going to put running as an option. It makes my legs itchy and nothing about it makes me or my body feel good. Instead I would rather do body weight training or dancing.

Decrease Feelings of Isolation
Isolation can cause mental illness, so connect with someone, it could be weekly or daily. Start smaller and move up if needed. Hang out at a coffee shop, facetime, send a funny video, snapchat, anything counts. The topic does not need to be on life’s meaning or anything heavy either. Try something new with someone who is an expert at it. Simply communicate.
The daily questionnaire.
Ask a loved one or journal these questions on a daily basis.
#1: What is one positive thing that happened today?
#2: What is one thing I did to improve someone else’s day?
#3: What is one thing I wish I did differently?

Let me know what you think,
XOXO Faith

Goal Progress Tracker |Free Printable

For the last post for January of this new year, 2019 I wanted to check in with you all. How are you doing with those resolutions? Let me know in the comments what they are and how the first month went.

Personally some of mine have done well while others have faded into the background seizing to surface until next New Year’s eve. Anyone else feel the same? Don’t get me wrong, my resolutions were made with a purpose, I even took the time to figure out how to execute them all. So… why did they all not succeed this first month?

DetraPel Review

Summer is one of those seasons when I want to break out those squeaky clean white on white shoes. Then the little voice in the back of my mind goes through a checklist of the day’s activities to protect the innocence of those beautiful white sexy chucks. The wet grass, dust, dirt, the possibility of someone spilling something on them.