How to Clean White Leather Nursing Shoes?

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So you’ve started your job as a nurse, and you love your shoes. They remind me of the rewards of your job.

However, these shoes come with certain downsides, particularly the cleaning part.

Sometimes, it’s inevitable for accidents to happen such as unintentionally spilling a fluid and staining your favorite pair of nursing shoes.

Ever wonder how to clean white leather nursing shoes?

Read on to find out how…

We will explore how to clean white leather in general rather than focusing only on nursing shoes.

White leather is a common material that you can see widely in many different products. Apart from your nursing shoes, other things that feature this material may include your purse, jacket, accessories, sofa, or any upholstery.

How to Clean White Leather Nursing Shoes

Leather in general

A lot of manufacturers and designers use leather as the primary material for bags, furniture, and shoes. The main reason behind this is leather’s durability. Every person is proud to have something made of leather. Leather has been a symbol of class and elegance through the years.

Despite being sturdy, leather is typically porous. It means this material can easily acquire stains in any form. A spot of oil from your hand or skin could eventually build up on leather, making it look worn in the long run. Who would want to wear something stained? A nurse, who always wears white leather shoes, won’t look as professional as he’s supposed to be if his white shoes are stained.

Clean, white shoes suggest a professional. A clean, white sofa means a welcoming home.

Do yourself justice and keep that leather sparkling clean!

How to do it

With these simple steps, you’ll be able to make your accessories brand new.

  • Everyday clean-up

So how do you clean leather every day?

It actually requires very little effort indeed.

  • For a light cleanup, simply buff your leather shoes with a dry microfiber cloth. Doing this allows you to eliminate light soiling and smudges
  • For a deeper clean, you can purchase a commercial leather cleaner at a local store. Some cleaners are specially formulated to clean white leather materials
  • Making Your Homemade Leather Cleaner Solution 1

It’s quite easy to make your own cleaning solution for your leather shoes.

Simply get warm water and add a few drops of vinegar (enough not to make it smell sour), and a few drops of any liquid dish soap.

  1. Now get a clean cloth and dampen it with the solution you made previously. Wipe surfaces with the dampened part.
  2. After wiping your shoes with the cleaning solution, get another clean cloth (or use the untouched, dry part of the same cloth) then dampen it with clean water. Now wipe off the soap and other elements left on the surface by the cleaning solution.
  3. As a finishing step, get a clean dry cloth and wipe the entire shoes to make them dry. You’ll also add a little shine doing this.

You’ll have clean white leather shoes like brand new.

You can also use the same cleaning solution for your other leather needs such as your sofa or other furniture.

Note: Keep in mind that leather is a porous material, as mentioned above. Do not saturate leather too much to the extent that too much water is on the surface. If you do that, you’ll damage your leather shoes over time.

  • Making Your Homemade Leather Cleaning Solution 2

If the simple solution above doesn’t satisfy you, another recipe with another set of ingredients might suffice.

This solution is designed to deal with larger stains. Use this if the above solution is not able to effectively clean your nursing shoes.

  1. Get a medium-sized spray bottle
  2. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of olive oil in the bottle.
  3. Gently spray the solution to the affected areas.
  4. Let sit for about 5-6 minutes under normal room temperature
  5. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth

Note: NEVER use ammonia-based or bleach cleaners. These are proven to damage leather.

More ways to clean white leather materials

There are more tricks behind cleaning your leather.

Whether it’s your shoes, your purse or your sofa, prevent sudden stain taking hold by keeping the below supplies at hand…

  • Corn starch or baking soda (for grease and oil)

Baking soda and corn starch are efficient absorbers of grease and oil.

Simply sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda on the affected spot. Rub gently with a cloth or your fingers. Let sit overnight. With a clean, soft cloth, wipe your shoes after letting them sit.

  • Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (for ink)

If your shoes get stained by ink, simply “blot” the spot with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or a nail polish remover.

Do NOT rub the cotton swab as it may cause the ink to spread on the surface. Just blot.

Repeat the process until you no longer see the stain. After this, you can clean the area with a liquid dish soap or a mild solution (pick one from above). Wipe with a clean cloth afterward.

  • Cream of tartar and lemon juice

The ratio of this must be 1:1. Mix equal parts of a lemon juice and cream of tartar and stir to make a paste.

Apply the paste to the stained part of your leather and let sit for about half an hour.

Remove the paste with a damp sponge after.

Cream of tartar and lemon juice have a slight bleaching effect so make sure you apply a leather conditioner afterwards to avoid damaging it with cracks or drying it out. The same conditioner can also fortify your leather, making it resistant to future stains. The best part is it gives your shoes a beautiful shine!


Knowing how to clean white leather nursing shoes doesn’t require you to be a genius as the solution for stains are quite straightforward.

So, the next time your shoes or any leather-made possession pick up a stain, incorporate one of these ways to get them pristine again.

Feel free to contact us if you have any feedback or queries. We are always ready to assist in any way we can and we’ll get back to you as promptly as possible.

Pamela Couch

I am a designer, shoe-obsessed lifestyle expert, and founder of, a shoe boutique located in Downtown Atlanta. I love shoes and I love being able to share my passion for them with others.