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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.


  • 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.
  • Step 2: Mix vinegar and water Mix two-thirds of a cup of water with one-third of a cup of white vinegar.
  • 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.
  • Step 4: Rinse and wipe Rinse with a water-dampened cloth and wipe with a clean towel. Let shoes dry.
  • TIP: Don't leave the shoes near heat or the leather could crack.
  • Step 5: Repeat If the stain reappears, repeat the process until it's gone.
  • Step 6: Shine your shoes Buff your shoes with a cotton cloth.
  • FACT: More than 13 million tons of salt are applied to roads and streets in the U.S. each year.

You Will Need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cotton cloths
  • Towel

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