Homemade tyre shine solution

Updated April 17, 2017

Regularly shining tyres adds to the beauty, value and protection of your tyres, wheels and vehicle. The plentiful commercial tyre shine products are generally filled with chemicals that can damage the quality of tyres, as well as have undesirable toxicity levels for the environment and air. Learning how to make tyre shine can be both economical and allow you to know which ingredients are going into your tyres, as well as into the ground and air.

Fill a bucket or pan with a gallon of warm water. Mix in 237 ml (1 cup) of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Use a soft bristled hand brush to coat the front surface of the tyre. Rub a clean, water-soaked towel over the tyre. Let the tyre air dry. This solution both cleans and shines the tyres.

Fill a bucket or a 9 litre (2 gallon) pan with warm water. Mix in 2 tablespoons of mild washing up liquid and 56 g (1/4 cup) of Borax or soap flakes. Stir until dissolved. Fill an additional bucket or pan with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of clear, clean water. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon oil, used to clean and polish wood. The lemon oil is designed to remove grease from rubber while sufficiently conditioning the tyres. This preparation both cleans and shines the tyres.

Put around 56 g (1/4 cup) of petroleum jelly, mineral oil or gel or lip balm product on a clean cloth. Rub in a circular fashion on a previously cleaned tyre until the entire tyre has been covered. Complete the process until you achieve the desired shine. Use this solution on tyres first cleaned with a soap or vinegar and water solution.

Try a 56 g (1/4 cup) of generic cold cream or brake fluid product that can be found in grocery and drugstores. Put it on a soft cloth and rub it over a previously washed tyre. Continue in a circular motion until you get the desired gloss.

Put 59 ml (1/4 cup) of cola soft drink liquid on a lint-free cloth. Coat the cleaned tyre with it in a circular motion. Cover the tyre from top to bottom and the wheel's outside. Wipe the tyre with a clean, water-soaked towel. Let the tyre air dry. Use this solution on tyres cleaned with a mild soap solution that have been air dried.

Try spraying any kind of furniture polish on a cleaned tyred. Rub in circles all around the tyre until the desired sheen appears. Use the product on cleaned tyres.


For oil-based solutions, always start with a clean and air-dried tyre. Otherwise, the solution may not adhere to the tyre properly. Don't get any mild soap solution on the paint of a car as it may interfere with the wax or damage car paint.


Do not use any kind of alcohol product as it will break down the tyre components. Be sure to allow sufficient time for the tyres to absorb the shine product and to prevent sliding on slick surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 buckets
  • Strong bristled hand brush
  • 9 litres (2 gallons) warm water in separate buckets or containers
  • Clean shop towels
  • 237 ml (1 cup) vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp mild washing up liquid
  • 1 tsp. lemon oil
  • 56 g (1/4 cup) borax or soap flakes
  • 56 g (1/4 cup) of petroleum jelly, mineral oil, gel or lip balm product
  • 56 g (1/4 cup) of generic cold cream or brake fluid product
  • 59 ml (1/4 cup) of cola soft drink
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Spray furniture polish
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About the Author

Susan S. Davis is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the L.A. Press Club. She was managing editor of "The Hosting News" and a columnist at Online Dating Magazine. Davis attended Chicago's Medill School of Journalism, and holds an A.A.S. in radio broadcasting from Minnesota Business College and a certificate in paralegal studies from University of California, Los Angeles.