For those “April showers that bring May flowers”…you’re going to need this post! We’ve gotten our fair share of April showers here in Utah over the past couple of weeks. While I don’t mind the rain and we can always use the water, it has highlighted the fact that my wardrobe is majorly lacking in waterproof footwear. (What can I say? I’m a sandals gal through and through!)
But I recently discovered a way to make my very own beeswax-based polish for leather boots and shoes. This polish helps to erase scuffs, condition leather, and most importantly for me, repel water. I’ve applied it to my favorite pair of leather booties so far, but I’m planning on putting it on all of my leather shoes soon! So here’s to the bees who make such a wonderfully versatile beeswax! (And here’s to dry feet, too!) ;-)
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Beeswax Boot Polish
- 2 Tbsp white beeswax*
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- A small tin or storage jar
- Oxide pigment powder (optional, for color)
*Note: White beeswax is preferred here because it doesn’t add any color. You can use natural beeswax if you account for the color difference.
Combine the olive oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. I like to use a Pyrex measuring cup because it makes it easy to pour later.
Microwave the cup for 30 seconds, then give it a stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat until the beeswax has melted completely and is well incorporated.
If you’re using oxide powder to add color to your polish, add it at this point. Select a shade that closely matches the color of your boots. I added 1/2 teaspoon of oxide pigment powder to this polish.
Mix well, then pour the liquid into your tin, jar, or whatever you’ll be storing you polish in. Allow the liquid to cool and solidify, which should take about an hour or so.
Once the mixture has cooled, the polish is ready to use!
How To Use Your Boot Polish
Gather your supplies. You’ll need your boots, your polish, a clean, damp rag, as well as a clean, dry rag. (If you added color to your polish, you’ll want to use a rag that you don’t mind getting stained.)
Use the damp rag to wipe down your shoes thoroughly. You want to remove any dust and dirt from the outside before applying your polish.
Next, dab your dry rag into the polish and rub it onto your shoes using circular motions. A little of this polish goes a long way, so there’s no need to glob it on.
Keep working until you’ve created a smooth, thin layer of polish on your shoes. When you’re done, allow the polish to dry overnight before wearing your shoes.