Category : Tips

How to Clean your Sneakers

For obvious reasons, it’s hard to keep your sneakers clean. But what’s worse is when you let them get so dirty that you don’t recognize them anymore! This also makes cleaning much harder because the dirt and stains have had a chance to penetrate into the material. Now, the question on everyone’s mind is ‘how do I get my dirty, smelly kicks to be squeaky clean and fresh again?’ Read on to find out!

Firstly, gather up the following things before you start:

-Shoe Brush with Soft Bristles

-Dish Soap/Laundry Detergent

-Paper Towels

-Baking Soda

And now, here’s the step-by-step guide to cleaning your sneakers.

Step One: Take out the laces and soles/inserts (if removable). Your laces can be cleaned in the washer or by hand; simply soak them in a sudsy solution of water and detergent for about half an hour before using an old toothbrush to clean them on both sides. The soles/inserts can be cleaned by hand using the same method. Leave them to air dry while you move on to the next step.

Step Two: Rinse out each shoe thoroughly to get off any loose mud or dirt (especially from the bottoms). If you skip this step, you risk spreading dirt and stains while actually trying to get them out!

Step Three: The cleaner you use must be recommended for the material of your sneakers. Either way, the method is more or less the same; make a solution of your chosen cleanser and use a soft-bristled brush to clean. Simply dip the brush in this sudsy solution and brush your sneakers at all angles. You’ll find that the brush is quickly turning brown and so is your cleaner so be sure to make a fresh solution as and when needed. Also, rinse out the brush out at intervals so that you aren’t transferring any dirt back on to your shoe.

Step Four: Rinse out the sneakers thoroughly to remove the soapiness and check for any stains. If you do find a stubborn stain or two, cover it with detergent powder or liquid dish soap and allow it to penetrate into the material for about 15-20 minutes. Next, take an old toothbrush, pour a few drops of warm-hot water onto the area and brush the stain away in circular motions. Rinse the shoe out again and your sneakers will be stain-free again!

Step Five: To dry your sneakers, stuff them with newspaper towels so that they don’t go out of shape or cave in. You may have to replace the paper towels twice or thrice but the good news is that they help the shoes dry up faster by absorbing moisture. Place your sneaker on the window sill, balcony or any airy place but avoid leaving them to dry in direct sun as the color may fade.

Step Six: Once they have dried up completely, put the inserts and laces back in and finish off by sprinkling a little baking soda into each shoe. This helps to absorb odors and keep your sneakers fresh for a while.

How to Maintain a Clutter-Free Home

Most of us don’t realize that our home is getting cluttered day by day until we really stop and look around. That’s when you spot useless items lying around, things left out of place and complete disorder that has taken over your home. All of these contribute to a cluttered home which need to be addressed immediately. What’s worse, clutter in the home can have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing and really stress homeowners out.

It’s rather easy to subconsciously clutter your home; therefore, it’s important to be aware of ways to de-clutter your living space and keep it that way. Here are a few useful tips that will help you do just that. Read on!

  1. Keep Your Possessions to a Minimum

You often hear the phrase ‘less is more’; well, that holds true for your home’s possessions too. The more stuff you have taking up space on your shelves, table tops and floor, the more cluttered your home becomes. It should be known that minimalistic interior décor is the trend in most modern homes today and they certainly look beautiful and classy! So, keep it simple when decorating and don’t be afraid to get rid of unnecessary furniture and decorative pieces that your home can do without.

  1. Get Rid of Useless Items

These useless items can come in various forms such as old magazines, broken gadgets and empty bottles and cartons that were intended for other uses but have been lying there for months. We all have things we haven’t used in years cluttering our storage spaces and rooms which need to go right away! We suggest you start de-cluttering one room at a time by taking a large garbage bag and filling it with things that are no longer of use to you and won’t be for anyone else. Of course, things that are in good condition like outgrown clothes and shoes can be donated or given to someone who can use them.

  1. Keep Things in Order

Clutter is not only caused by holding on to stuff you don’t need, but simply keeping things in a disorganized manner. We often leave our chargers, clothes and personal belongings scattered around the place rather than back in their respective places. Once you get into the habits of putting things back where they belong or keeping them neat and organized, your home will start to look ten times more uncluttered!

  1. Reconsider What You Bring Into Your House

Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to de-clutter your home, you need to keep it that way. Hence, it’s important to consider what you’re bringing in and whether you really need it. If you’re not careful, you could end up with clutter in your house in a matter of weeks. Similarly, encourage other household members to maintain a clutter-free home by reconsidering what they bring in to the home. If you find that something is lying idle for too long, get rid of it because chances are you’re never going to use it.

3 Easy Cleaning Hacks For Teens

In case you didn’t know; teens are infamous for having disorganized and cluttered rooms. We get it, we were all teenagers once and the last thing on our mind was cleaning our rooms. Teenagers are more worried about their friends and social media. Being parents, we get tired of telling our kids over and over again to clean their room. We already know what they’re going to  say, “this is how I like my room,” or “I’ll get to it later”  and yet, they never do.


Here are 3 cleaning hacks for teens


  • Learning To Develop Motivation: The number 1 factor when it comes to a teenager not wanting to clean their room is motivation. Most teenagers just lack the motivation to clean their room, but when it comes to anything else; they’ll be all over it. Most motivation comes from a lack of direction and meaning in life. Take some time to yourself and develop and work on these traits. It will benefit you in the long run.


  • Sell Things You Don’t Use For Money: Take a look around your room, and take a look at your clothes or products that might just be lying around. Now ask yourself “When was the last time I used or wore that?” If you haven’t worn some clothing in over a year or use that product in 4 months, consider selling these on Platocloset or on Letgo


  • Store Things: These days, when we hear ‘store things’ we usually thing about storing things in the cloud. Although, we aren’t talking about that cloud storage; the concept is very similar. Take some time out of your weekend or day off, buy some storage bins and store anything you don’t use or anything that’s not in season in the bins. Other ways to store things are using closet organizers, shoe racks, and closet shelves can do absolute wonders for a messy teenagers room. A great thing about storage products and organizers, is that they are very customizable. From colors, to patterns; there’s one for your teenager!



Last but not least, there is nothing wrong in asking for help or advice, which is why we wrote this article. If you need extra help, you might consider hiring a professional maid service. Long Island Maids have been helping hundreds of people on Long Island helping them clean and organize their homes.