How to Remove Salt Stains from Shoes

Don't panic if you see that ugly white mark that indicates a salt stain. There's an easy way to get rid of it – if you act fast.


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You Will Need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cotton cloths
  • Towel


  1. Step 1

    Treat it fast

    Treat the stain as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to remove.

  2. Step 2

    Mix vinegar and water

    Mix two-thirds of a cup of water with one-third of a cup of white vinegar.

  3. Step 3

    Rub on shoes

    Dip a clean cotton cloth into the mixture and gently rub it into the stain, taking care not to saturate the leather.

  4. Step 4

    Rinse and wipe

    Rinse with a water-dampened cloth and wipe with a clean towel. Let shoes dry.

  5. Don't leave the shoes near heat or the leather could crack.

  6. Step 5


    If the stain reappears, repeat the process until it's gone.

  7. Step 6

    Shine your shoes

    Buff your shoes with a cotton cloth.

  8. More than 13 million tons of salt are applied to roads and streets in the U.S. each year.