Gather the necessary materials
The first step in making homemade shoe polish is to gather all the necessary materials. You will need wax, oil, and colorants. The best wax to use is beeswax, as it provides a hard and durable finish. For oil, you can use any oil you have on hand, such as olive oil or vegetable oil. For colorants, you can use natural dyes such as coffee, tea, or turmeric.
Mix the wax and oil
Once you have all the materials, you can start making the shoe polish. Start by melting the wax in a double boiler. Once the wax has melted, add the oil and stir together. The ratio of wax to oil should be around 1:2. If you want a softer finish, you can increase the amount of oil you use.
If you want to add color to your shoe polish, you can do so now. The easiest way to add color is to steep coffee or tea in hot water and add it to the wax and oil mixture. Start with a small amount and add more until you achieve the desired color. Alternatively, you can use turmeric, which will provide a yellowish tint to the polish.
Let it cool
Once you have mixed everything together, let the shoe polish cool for a few hours. You want to make sure that it has cooled enough to solidify, but not so much that it has become hard and difficult to work with. Once it has cooled, you can transfer it to a container for storage.
Apply the shoe polish
To apply the shoe polish, use a soft cloth or brush to work it into the leather. Start by applying a small amount and rubbing it in with circular motions. Once you have covered the entire surface, let the shoe polish dry for a few minutes. Then, buff it with a clean cloth to bring out a glossy shine.