How to Make Organic Shoe Polish

Olive oil can prevent cracking in leather shoes.
Olive oil can prevent cracking in leather shoes. (Image: shoes image by Christopher Hall from <a href=''></a>)

The neurotoxic chemicals in some commercial shoe polishes can be both inhaled and absorbed through the skin during use. These chemicals can cause irritation and are linked to a host of health risks. You can make your own organic shoe polish to replace the potentially dangerous chemical shoe polishes available commercial. Homemade organic shoe polish doesn't require a laundry list of items to make. In fact, with a just a few ingredients from your cupboard you can make a safe and effective organic shoe polish in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup organic olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. organic lemon juice
  • Organic banana peel
  • Soft cloth
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Glass jar with lid

Pour 1 cup of organic olive oil into a clean glass jar. Add 1/4 teaspoon of organic lemon juice.

Put the lid on the glass jar and seal it tight. Shake the contents of the jar until the two ingredients are well-blended.

Apply the organic shoe polish to your shoes with a clean rag. Use a circular motion.

Allow the shoe polish to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Rub shoes to a shine in a circular motion, with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on shoes for a quick shine. Wipe clean with a paper towel or soft cloth.

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