I have nothing but old shoes, it seems! I tend to be frugal in all things, and when I find shoes that are comfortable, I tend to wear them out. In fact, the shoes I've photographed for your perusal today have even been resoled and re-heeled once because the leather uppers were still fine. But, alas, and not surprisingly, those leather uppers were beginning to look pretty scuffed after several years of regular use. Here's a sample of what I was wanting to fix:
|Scuffed leather shoes|
I mixed together about 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil and then added several drops of dark malt vinegar. (I included the vinegar because I think it helps clean the leather, but I suppose it's not really necessary.) I chose those two particular ingredients because of their dark color--I figured that they would help the dark brown leather to look better as it would darken as well as brighten.) I whooshed the oil and vinegar together, and then soaked a paper towel in the mixture and wiped my shoes. I let it soak in and then softly wiped away the excess. And here's how they look afterward:
So give this DIY shoe shine a try next time you want to breathe new life into old shoes. Or try it on your leather purse--anything leather, in fact. I think you'll be pleased!
And if you're interested in cleaning and conditioning wood furniture using oil and orange peels, be sure to read my post on that subject: http://georgiaplainandsimple.blogspot.com/2015/02/homemade-multipurpose-cleaner-simple.html
I hope you have a day rich in blessings. And even when life is hard, God is right there with you and He cares. May you feel His comfort.
Blessings to you and yours,