I'm feeling rather pleased with myself so I thought I would share with you my home made boot/shoe polish recipe . I know shoe polish is not that expensive and still affordable but I do love trying to be a little bit self sufficient and using stuff I have around the house.
I keep a couple bee hives and as well as plenty of tasty honey they also give me a good supply of beeswax , I have made furniture polish (which is great) so I thought I would try boot / shoe polish.
The boots that have been my guinea pig are my beloved Lowa's with the weather we have had over the past weeks they have had a good robust testing
I didn't weight any of my ingredients it was more estimating and the feel of the polish. These are my guesstimate measurements for the final product.
1/ 4 x egg cups of beeswax
2/ 1/2 egg cup of Vaseline
3/ oxo size piece of soap
4/ 1/4 egg cup of methylated spirit
5/ 1/2 egg of cup neatsfoot oil
6/ 1/4 egg cup charcoal powder ( BBQ charcoal ground to fine powder)
melt beeswax , soap & vaseline in old pan then take off heat mix in methylated spirit, neatsfoot oil & charcoal then mix and tip into old shoe polish tins or any other container.
This make a good black polish a little bit harder than standard polish it apply's a bit like a dubin and absorbs in well, when polished it produces a surprisingly good shine
As said I have field tested this on my boots over the last 3 weeks ,walking dogs every day, out shooting etc (in sh**e conditions) in that time I have re polished the boots 3 times (once a week as normal ) the polish is better than the standard polish I use it seems a tougher and more harder wearing.
I now have a about 1 yrs supply and pleased with myself