How to Make Organic Shoe Polish

by Hillary Marshall

The neurotoxic chemicals in some commercial shoe polishes can be both inhaled and absorbed through the skin during use. These chemicals can cause irritation and are linked to a host of health risks. You can make your own organic shoe polish to replace the potentially dangerous chemical shoe polishes available commercial. Homemade organic shoe polish doesn't require a laundry list of items to make. In fact, with a just a few ingredients from your cupboard you can make a safe and effective organic shoe polish in a matter of minutes.

Items you will need

  • 1 cup organic olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. organic lemon juice
  • Organic banana peel
  • Soft cloth
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Glass jar with lid
Step 1

Pour 1 cup of organic olive oil into a clean glass jar. Add 1/4 teaspoon of organic lemon juice.

Step 2

Put the lid on the glass jar and seal it tight. Shake the contents of the jar until the two ingredients are well-blended.

Step 3

Apply the organic shoe polish to your shoes with a clean rag. Use a circular motion.

Step 4

Allow the shoe polish to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Rub shoes to a shine in a circular motion, with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth.


  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on shoes for a quick shine. Wipe clean with a paper towel or soft cloth.

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About the Author

Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.