When I say basic cleaning, what I mean is using a very simple method with simple common everyday items that you probably already have at home.
This is in my opinion, the most essential and versatile way to clean your shoes.
Some people have mentioned using a washing machine to clean their shoes but I am staying away from that. What I've heard is that you need to put the shoes in a pillow case then put them in the washer.
-Use a toothbrush/hand brush, Water and a Dry Towel
Basically start off with running cold water from the faucet and clean using a brush (dishwashing soap can be added if needed), then use a cloth/towel to wipe dry. Optional: You can use a small electric fan to speed up the drying process.
If the dirt/stain is persistent, you might have to repeat the cleaning process a few more times.
You can also use a damp towel to clean shoes as well, that's if you want to deal with really dirty towels to be tossed in the washer. The damp towel method can be used on white leather uppers as well as midsoles for quick cleaning.
Notes: if you're still cleaning the soles (bottoms) with a toothbrush, you might want to get a midsize or a bigger brush. It's a lot more efficient in terms of cleaning as opposed to using a toothbrush.
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