You Can Make a DIY Shoe Polish. This is How

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Polishing your shoes make them last longer and makes you look neater. You can get shoe polish in the store or make it by yourself. Homemade shoe polish is cheap, environmentally friendly, chemical free and natural. Here’s how to make it:

Supplies to start with

  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil

The process

  1. Combine two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice to form the polish.
  2. Get a clean cloth and rub a small amount into your shoes. Let it soak for a while.
  3. Buff using another cloth and enjoy a chemical-free shoe polish.

Some dos and don’ts for DIY polish

  • Only apply the polish to dry and clean shoes. Stains and dirt can be locked in them when you coat a dirty shoe.
  • Extend the life of your leather shoes by polishing them monthly. It prevents any splitting of the leather.
  • Any olive oil will do the trick.

Other methods of creating homemade shoe polish

Banana peel

Shine your shoes with the inside of the banana peel. Rub the peel over leather shoes, and it will restore the shoes to their former shine.

Homemade shoe paste

Melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and olive oil and place them in an empty container. Let it harden, and your paste is ready to use. The beeswax agent adds an extra coating to protect the shoes against water damage.


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