DIY Shoe Care Using House Hold Products

We all know what a hassle it is when our shoes get dirty; you assume any stain or scuff is a permanent resident. Like most people, you never have the right cleaner or buffer or even know what would clean ‘that annoying stain on your new work shoes’ – but that was before our DIY shoe care hacks!

Here we have done a little research and gathered together some of the top cleaning tips, to keep your shoes looking brand spanking new; by simply using products you’ll most likely have around the house!

Top 6 Hacks for Keeping Your Shoes Clean


1. ToothpasteDIY Shoe Care Toothpaste

Perfect for Canvas shoes (Like our Fish n Chips Shoes). Just a little squeeze of toothpaste on a cloth to help polish away any scuffs or marks. Wipe off any residue with a damp cloth afterwards.


2. Nail Polish Remover

DIY Shoe Care Nail Polish


Cant wipe away any scuffs or marks on your Patent leather or Soft leather Brogues? No match for nail polish remover! Add a little to a cotton ball or pad and clean away. Remember not to use too much as it might dis-colour the shoe!



  1. Vaseline

DIY Shoe Care Vaseline


Perfect way to protect your leather shoes, after they’re harsh nail polish treatment is with a bit of Vaseline/ Petroleum Jelly. Simply put a pea size or so onto a cloth and rub into the shoe. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any excess goo after.


  1. Windex

DIY Shoe Care Windex


Surprise, Surprise .. Not just for windows. Windex is perfect for quickly cleaning your patent leather shoes of any scuffs or marks. Spray onto a clean cloth and wipe down shoes. Windex doesn’t just get rid of marks but makes shoes shine too!


  1. Rubber Erasers

DIY Shoe Care Suede Eraser



Dive into any stationary draw or pencil case for your next piece of cleaning equipment. Rubber erasers are just the ticket for lightly rubbing away any dirt or marks on your suede shoes. If you have a nailbrush lying around as well, this is great for those extra tough dirt marks. Tip: If possible, try and use lighter coloured erasers for light coloured shoes and darker erasers for darker coloured shoes.


  1. Olive Oil

DIY Shoe Care Olive Oil

Nothing worse than reaching for your dress shoes & rushing out the door to find they’re all dull and faded. Time for a quick polish…without any polish! Now remember, this is ONLY for Black leather shoes (Olive Oil could stain or alter the colour of brown/tan shoes). Dab a bit of olive oil onto a clean dry cloth and rub smoothly onto your shoes to give them a kick of moisture & shine.



6. Banana Peel

DIY Shoe Care Banana Skin


Another reason to eat 1 of your 5 a day. When you have your next banana, don’t just throw away the skin, no no… Use the inside of the banana skin to buff up any leather shoes than need a little smooth & shine around the house!


Well, there you have it. A few handy tips on how to keep your shoes in tip top condition using only what you can scavenge around the house! Perfect for those last minute emergencies.

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