11 Best and Effective DIY Leather Shoe Cleaning Recipes!!


Yes, you can clean the stains from your leather shoes without exposing them to the deadly chemicals. You can quickly choose the items right from your kitchen pantry and preserve them for years. Use these leather shoe cleaning hacks to get rid of the scuff marks, tough stains, and much more as they are affordable, chemical free, all-natural, and environmentally friendly.

Steps:

a) Remove the laces

If the leather shoes are dirty, put them into the washing machine.

b) Clean the debris and loose dirt

Use a brush or soft cloth to eliminate any grime which may get stuck on the shoe surfaces.

c) Use soap

Combine a solution of dish soap and hot water. Soak the soft cloth into it and wipe the exterior surfaces of the shoes with it.

d) Remove the soap

Use another clean damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry your shoes with a towel.

Tip: Hot and soapy water will help to eliminate the scuffs and water stains.

e) Condition leather

Apply the homemade leather conditioner to safeguard the shoes from the stains and also to add shine.

f) Dry it

Allow your boots to dry in the open air. Avoid putting them in the direct sunlight or use leather as this might face away or crack.

DIY Leather Shoe Cleaners:

1. Essential Oils

Rather than purchasing leather shoe shine conditioner, you can make your own DIY leather shoe cleaner with essential oils. You can use the following oils to clean out the leather safely.

-Lemon
-Vanilla
-Orange
-Cedarwood
-Eucalyptus
-Lavender

Note: Be extra careful while using the citrus oils.

You Will Need:

a) 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
b) 4 oz amber glass spray bottle
c) 1/4 cup vinegar
d) Soft microfiber cloth
e) 1/4 cup olive oil
f) Pyrex measuring cup

Steps:

a) Measure all the ingredients in the pyrex measuring cup.
b) Transfer them with extra care into the amber glass spray bottle.
c) Close the cap and shake thoroughly to mix.
d) Spray this solution onto your leather shoes and then wipe it off using a soft microfiber cloth.

2. Vinegar

Vinegar comes handy in your kitchen and also helps to get rid of irritating salt and other spots on your leather shoes.

Tip 1:

You Will Need:

a) White vinegar
b) Water
c) Soft cloth

Steps:

a) Take a soft cloth and scrub off the dirt and debris for your shoes.
b) Combine equal amounts of water and white vinegar in a bowl
c) Soak the cloth in this mixture and press it over your shoes with utmost attention paid to stubborn marks.

Tip 2:

You Will Need:

a) Olive oil
b) White vinegar

Steps:

a) Apply a tiny amount of blend of olive oil and white vinegar on the shoes.
b) Let the solution sit for few minutes before buffing it using a soft rag.

Note: If you are using oil based products for cleaning the unfinished leather items, it will absorb them fast and may discolor the leather.

3. Vaseline

You Will Need:

a) 45 grams vaseline
b) 20 grams wax
c) 80 grams olive oil

Steps:

a) Melt the ingredients and transfer the mixture to the container.
b) Leave it to cool down and apply this to the leather shoes with soft cloth or brush

4. Oil and Wax

Adding little amount of beeswax will add extra shine and protection to your shoes.

You Will Need:

a) 150 grams olive oil
b) 40 grams beeswax or 20 grams carnauba wax

Steps:

a) Melt the oil and beeswax in the double boiler.
b) Apply this to the shoes using soft cloth brush.
Note: You can even use the buffing brush afterward to get the time.
c) Wipe it off with paper towels or cloth.

5. Leather boots conditioner homemade

You Will Need:

a) 1 part white vinegar
b) 2 parts mink or linseed oil
c) Chamois cloth

Steps:

a) Make a mixture of mink/linseed and white vinegar.
b) Apply this solution to the leather shoes using round strokes.
c) Use another chamois cloth to wipe it off after ten to fifteen minutes.

Note: You can also use petroleum jelly for more shine.

6. Homemade Leather Shoe Polish

You Will Need:

a) One part lemon juice
b) Two parts olive oil
c) Clean cloth

Steps:

a) Mix lemon juice in the olive oil to form a polish.
b) Rub a small amount of polish into your dry leather shoes with a clean cloth.
c) Allow it to soak for few minutes.
d) Remove it off with another cloth.

7. Homemade Leather Shoe Paste

You Will Need:

a) Cocoa butter
b) Beeswax
c) Liquid oil (such as olive oil)

Steps:

a) Melt equal parts of the above items over a double boiler.
b) Transfer them to an empty container.
c) Allow it to hard and use this paste on your shoes.

Leather Shoes Stain Removal Recipes:

1. Oil/Grease

You Will Need:

a) Cornstarch
b) Baking soda
c) Damp cloth

Steps:

a) Sprinkle cornstarch and baking soda on the shoes.
b) Rub it gently using a damp cloth.
c) Let it sit for few hours or the entire night.
d) After the starch or soda absorbs the oil well. Wipe it off with a soft cloth.

2. Ink

You Will Need:

a) Rubbing alcohol
b) Nail polish remover
c) Cotton sponge
d) Damp cloth

Steps:

a) Soak the cotton sponge in the rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.
b) Apply this on the stain and blot it gently till the stain gets removed.
Note: Avoid rubbing it too hard as the ink will spread.
c) Wipe it off using clean damp and dry it using a towel.

3. Scuffs

Tip 1:

You Will Need:

a) Toothpaste
b) Soft cloth

Steps:

a) Splash toothpaste on the scuffed areas of your leather shoes.
b) Rub it off with the soft cloth.

Tip 2:

You Will Need:

a) Olive oil
b) White towel

Steps:

a) Soak the white towel in the olive oil.
b) Use this to rub all over the leather boots using small circular motions.

4. Other Stains

You Will Need:

a) Tartar cream
b) Lemon juice

Steps:

a) Combine equal parts of tartar cream and lemon juice into a paste.
b) Apply this to the stained regions and let it sit for thirty minutes.
c) Remove the paste with a damp cloth.

Note: As tartar cream and lemon juice has mild bleaching effect so use this tip only on the light colored leather.

 

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