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Make old shoes look like new


When we pull last summer’s kicks out of storage, they never look as good as we recall. How to salvage them: Flip-flops: Mix 1⁄ cup of antiseptic mouthwash and 2 1 cup of water; soak rubber flip-flops for 15 minutes. Scrub with a toothbrush, then rinse and pat dry.

Sandals: To clean the suede footbed inside sandals, gently rub sandpaper over it, advises Linda Bouffard, a blogger at CraftsALaM­ “Its abrasive surface works like a pencil eraser, flaking off dirt to reveal clean suede.”

Canvas shoes: Skip the washing machine, which can damage sneaks, and mix 1 tsp. of laundry soap in 1 cup of water. Dip shoes in the solution and rub a toothbrush over the canvas to remove dirt. Wipe with a damp sponge until no suds remain. Place in indirect sunlight to dry.

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