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How to clean suede shoes with stale bread

How do you clean suede without ruining it with water? Simply use bread. Yes, really.
/ Source: TODAY

The greatest thing since sliced bread might just be using bread to clean suede shoes!

While suede and water don't mix, the pantry staple — in its less-than-fresh form — has a special quality that works to clean water marks and spots.

"The texture is like sandpaper," Jennifer Rodriguez, chief hygiene officer at Pro Housekeepers, told TODAY. "You're basically sanding down your suede shoes with bread, which won't damage them, unlike other products."

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We were shocked when this trick actually worked, but it does.

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The key is to let the bread go a little stale for a day or two. The rough texture and little air pockets on the surface of the bread act like a soft scrubber. Sure, things will get a little messy, but with just a few flicks of the wrist, you'll be able to remove surface stains and get those suede heels or boots back in fighting form.

How to clean suede shoes
Does this sight look familiar? Yuck!Anna De Souza

How to clean suede shoes

What you'll need:

  • Stale bread

What you'll do:

  1. Allow a slice or two of bread to go stale. Let it sit on the counter for one to two days.
  2. Gently rub the dirty area with the stale bread in a circular motion. It will create a few crumbs.
  3. Repeat until dirt lifts from the shoe.
Use stale bread to clean suede shoes
It's almost magic! Simply rub in a circular motion and watch the dirt disappear.Anna De Souza

Just dust off any crumbs and step up your shoe game once again!

This article was originally published on Nov. 29, 2017.