Homemade beeswax shoe polish

If you are tired of paying for expensive shoe polishes, consider making your own at home. Making shoe polish does not require a lot of effort, and you can make it in less than 30 minutes. The main advantage of making your own shoe polish is that you can make as much as you need, and it stores well for a long time if you make too much. Homemade shoe polish also makes a nice gift for friends and family members.

Place the petroleum jelly and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. If necessary, make a double boiler by placing a small pan inside a larger pan filled with water. Place the petroleum jelly and beeswax in the smaller pan to allow the hot water to melt the ingredients.

Stir the ingredients until the beeswax and petroleum jelly melt. The substance will appear thick, but the two ingredients will blend well.

Remove the petroleum jelly and beeswax from the heat.

Add the tin oxide powder and aluminium oxide powder. Stir the dry ingredients until they blend well with the melted wax and petroleum jelly.

Place the shoe polish in small tin cans with lids once it cools. Store them in a cool, dry environment until ready to use. When you apply the shoe polish, use a clean, lint-free cloth that you will only use to polish shoes.


Add shoe polish to your shoes once a month to prevent them from cracking and appearing faded.

This shoe polish recipe uses a one-to-one ratio; make more or less shoe polish depending on your needs.

Add burnt umber to create brown shoe polish or a black pigment to make black shoe polish.

Things You'll Need

  • 140 g petroleum jelly
  • 140 g beeswax
  • 140 g tin oxide powder
  • 140 g aluminium oxide powder
  • Small tin cans with lids
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.