4 Natural Products for Polishing Your Shoes

Nothing finishes off a smart and well-put-together ensemble like a shiny pair of freshly polished shoes. The only problem is that the process of polishing your shoes with traditional polish is an occasion that is inconvenient, messy and smelly to boot (pun intended). In some cases, shoe polish can actually be toxic, flammable, and can even stain your skin. It is also sometimes considered to be hazardous waste which requires special methods of disposal. 

This means that you may want to rethink stocking your under-sink cupboard with shoe polish and brushes, particularly if you have curious children. Instead, did you know that there are several home remedies that work just as well for polishing your leather shoes? 

Use any of the below products you’re bound to already have in your cupboard to spruce up your favourite shoes and put the spring back in your step. Using our e-cloth glass and polishing cloth after these products will give your shoes a real shine. Bear in mind that these products shouldn’t be used on suede or nubuck leather.


Just about any oil you have in your cupboard (oil, vegetable, or walnut) will get your leather shoes looking spiffy again. Start by wiping any dust or dirt from the shoe and removing the laces, then simply rub a drop of oil into the leather using a soft, white cloth. Leave to absorb anywhere from a few hours to overnight (depending on the state of the shoe) and wipe away any excess oil with a clean cloth.

Banana peel

Banana peel has been said to be useful for many things, including many uses in the garden. But that banana peel isn’t just a great thing to toss into the compost heap, it’s also perfect for polishing your shoes. Remove any dirt from the shoe before you get started, and again, remove the laces. Then, rub the inside of the peel on your shoes will allow the natural oils to work their magic and condition the leather. Wipe clean with a soft cloth, and you’re good to go.

Petroleum jelly

If your favourite pair of shoes or heels are looking sad and scuffed, there’s an easy fix that you probably already have in the bathroom cabinet. Petroleum jelly is perfect for bringing the life back to normal leather, but works particularly well for patent. After wiping away any dust and removing the laces, spread a thin layer across the surface of the shoe, then buff the jelly away using a clean, soft cloth. This will leave your shoes looking bright and new, ready for any occasion..


The ultimate household cleaner is also excellent for cleaning your shoes. White vinegar is particularly useful for removing salt stains from your favourite shoes. Start by wiping away any debris from your shoes and removing the laces. Then, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl. Soak a clean, white cloth in the mixture and apply it all over the shoes, paying extra attention to the stained areas. Leave to dry before wearing.
If you’d like to learn more about other ways you can use natural and chemical-free products to clean at home, take a look at our blog - it’s full of more brilliant tips to get you started.

Posted on 3/11/2017