Stains are easily and gently removed from satin ballet shoes by using a paste made from baking soda and water. You need some baking soda, a soft toothbrush, a soft cloth, a small bowl and water to properly clean ballet shoes. It takes approximately 20 minutes to make and apply the paste, and the shoes must be completely dry before they are worn.

  1. Remove loose dirt, dust or debris from the ballet shoes

    Use a vacuum cleaner with a crevice attachment or a soft brush to gently lift away loose material from the surface and interior of the shoes.

  2. Make a paste with baking soda and water

    Baking soda is an effective slightly abrasive cleanser that won't damage the slipper's shiny finish. Mix a thick paste with baking soda and only a small amount of water. Keep in mind that too much water will soften the shoes.

  3. Apply the paste to the slippers and let it dry

    Apply the paste directly to the shoes with a soft toothbrush. Rub heavily soiled areas using a circular motion and a light touch. Leave the baking soda paste on the shoes to dry overnight. Place the slippers next to a fan to help to dry them.

  4. Wipe off the remaining paste

    Remove the powdery residue with a soft clean cloth or brush.