Know what? Women are easily attracted by a man in his neat suit. However, a dirty pair of shoes will definitely ruin them all. For whatever reasons, always arrive at an important date in your shiny shoes. In case the shoe polish just runs out and you have no time for a new tin, check this tutorial on how to shine shoes without polish.
You will be surprised that many household products like natural oils, vinegar, or even banana peel can complete this task as effectively as the expensive waxy cream.
How to Shine Shoes without Polish at Home?
Whether you are a gentleman who wants to look neat all the time or a woman desiring to take care of expensive leather boots with natural treatments, here are several DIY tips to steal.
You will not throw banana peel into the rubbish bin once you know its benefits.
The skin of the banana is nutrient-rich. It can sparkle teeth, remove warts, cure pimples, reduce wrinkles and more excitingly, make shoes shiny instantly.
What you need:
- Some bananas
- Tissue paper or soft cloth
What to do:
- Peel and eat the flesh of banana if you like. Or, you can make some banana cakes for your beloved kids. Just leave the skin aside for the shining task.
- Apply the inner of the peel and rub it over where you want to shine. Do gently to avoid unwanted tears or wears over the leather skin.
- Buff the leftover of banana with a tissue or soft cloth. Based on the materials of your shoes, you can apply wet or dry cleaning.
- Put on your shoes and be ready to go out.
If you have no banana left, just go to the kitchen and get some cooking oil. These household ingredient works as a professional shoe polish to remove any dirt or grime, as well as to create a moisturizing shiny layer for your shoes.
Olive oil is the most recommended. However, coconut or vegetable oil also complete the task in seconds.
Thank For Us Foodies for this helpful video. I have tried and all of my husband’s leather shoes look like new.
4 methods of how to shine shoes with cooking oils rather than polish:
#1: Simple spray the shoes with little oil and leave it there for 5 or 10 minutes. Then, buff shoes with clean soft cloth.
#2: Squeeze several drops of lemon into the oil so that shoes will get extra shine. Wet the soft cloth with the liquid and wipe it over the shoes until all dirt has gone.
#3: Mix the olive oil with beeswax, if there is any, you can get a more effective DIY polish.
The beeswax is good at forming a waxy texture while the oil helps restore the moisture to the leather surface. My favorite ratio is ⅓ cup of oil: 2 tablespoons beeswax. It is better to melt these two ingredients in a microwave.
Restore the mixture into the empty polish tin and leave it for 1 hour to solidify.
When your shoes need shining, just take out the mixture and buff it over the shoes, using a spare cloth.
#4: Add some charcoal or cocoa powder to the melt mixture of oil and beeswax to give a black tint to the polish.
Sometimes it is the excess polish that makes your shoes unnatural and ugly. Thankfully, you can wipe it off with some rubbing alcohol. Such an isopropyl solution is helpful to get rid of stains, mold, and mildew from leather surface.
However, be careful not to spray too much alcohol as this solution is stronger than other natural recipes as I mentioned above.
- Clean white rag
- Some rubbing alcohol
- Laundry powder and water
- Wet the rag with some alcohol and apply it to a hidden area of the shoes. Do get me wrong, alcohol usually does not harm your shoes but it is a strong solution. Better safe than sorry
- Apply the rag onto the polish stain and wait until the alcohol breaks up and lifts the stain off the shoes
- Make a paste of water and laundry powder and apply to remove traces of alcohol and polish
- Leave the shoes to dry themselves
To many people’s surprise, a hair gel is an emergent alternative of shoe polish. Just make sure that no ingredients of the gel are leather-hazardous.
All to do is apply a little gel onto the dirt before rubbing it over with a soft white rag or cloth.
Besides the hair gel, you can also make use of the body lotion.
If you are on the way when your leather shoes or high heels suddenly get dirty water. You try to clean them with some tissue but they do not look like new. Then, take out your daily lip balms.
All to do is dab the balm onto the dirt and buff it off with dry cloth or tissue.
Now You Know How to Shine Shoes without Polish!
In fact, there are hundreds of ways to make your shoes, boots, and high heels shiny again without involving a polish. Above come the most common ingredients that you can find at hand all the time. In case these tips do not work, then your shoes are damaged seriously. That time, I recommend getting it cleaned by a professional.
Do you know any other methods of how to shine shoes without polish? If yes, please share with me at the comment section.
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