How to Make a Shoe Cleaning Solution

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Well-maintained shoes add polish to anyone's wardrobe, showing off the wearer's fastidiousness and attention to detail. Keeping your shoes clean also extends their life, but store-bought shoe polishes and cleaners take a toll on the wallet and the environment alike. Sidestep these products with your own homemade shoe cleaning solutions. In contrast to store-bought options, homemade shoe cleaning solutions are less toxic and easier on the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot or microwave safe container with cover
  • Oven or microwave
  • Stirring spoon
  • 4 oz. beeswax
  • ½ cup liquid soap
  • ¼ cup linseed oil
  • ¼ cup turpentine
  • Or:
  • Small covered container
  • ½ cup olive, walnut or vegetable oil
  • Lemon juice

Beeswax Solution

  • Heat 1/2 pt. of water in a pot on the stove top or in the microwave using a microwave-safe container. Heat it until the water is hot, but not boiling.

  • Add 4 oz. of beeswax to the hot water.

  • Stir the beeswax into the water, allowing it to melt further. Mix 1/2 cup of liquid soap into the beeswax and water.

  • Allow the mixture to cool.

  • Add 1/4 cup of linseed oil and 1/4 cup of turpentine to the solution and stir thoroughly.

  • Store the solution in a covered container at room temperature.

Olive Oil Solution

Tips & Warnings

  • In a pinch, rub leather shoes with the inside of a banana peel and buff them with a paper towel.
  • Petroleum jelly serves as a polish for leather shoes, preventing them from cracking and drying.
  • Don't apply homemade shoe cleaning solutions to suede or nubuck shoes.

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  • Photo Credit PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images candle 2 image by Anton Chernenko from Fotolia.com olive oil image by Peter Baxter from Fotolia.com
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