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This Genius Wife Uses Beeswax To Waterproof Winter Leather Boots

by Angel Chang
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So far, this winter has witnessed bouts of heavy snowfall  giving us all a hard time staying warm and dry.

The good thing is, there are many valuable life hacks out there that give genius tips on how to fully insulate not only your home, but also how to keep your clothes and shoes dry.

In the past, lifestyle expert Limor Suss has shown us a brilliant DIY boot tray project to help prepare the foyer for winter.

Below, an Imgur user and wife has found a great way to keep her winter leather boots nicely waterproofed.

Initially, she tried to use waterproofing spray to stop the icy water from seeping into her boots from all sides.

When that didn’t work, she decided to go with a more “primitive” option: beeswax.

Scroll further to see the entire waterproofing process, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

To start the waterproofing process, you’ll need these materials:

  • Leather boots
  • Beeswax
  • Something to melt the beeswax in
  • An old toothbrush
  • A heat gun or hair dryer

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

If your boots are dirty, it’s best to scrub and clean them up a little as best as you can, before coating the dirt with wax.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

A great trick is to actually use baby wipes, or disinfecting wipes, to clean off the dirt, salt, and muck off your shoes.

Remember, your boots have to be entirely dry before you can put wax on them.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

The next step is to melt the beeswax.

Here, the Imgur user melts her cosmetic-grade beeswax with a scented oil lamp.

If you find that the beeswax is melting too slowly, you can absolutely use a heat gun to help you speed up the process.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

Next, dip your old toothbrush into the melted beeswax.

Brush it onto the leather in intervals, until the whole surface is covered. Make sure that you don’t get the wax on any of the suede or fabric parts of the shoe!

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

This is what the boot should look like, after you’ve coated it with the wax.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

Before moving on, use the heat gun to melt the wax on the surface of the shoe, and use the toothbrush to smooth out any lumps there may be in the wax.

Make sure to hold the heat gun a good distance away from the shoe, so that you don’t melt off any of the synthetic parts on the shoe.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

You can use the picture as a guide. The shoe on the left still has made no contact with the wax.

On the right, still, more melting is needed.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

Time to use the heat gun to complete the melting process!

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

Again, make sure to really incorporate the melted wax into the leather by rubbing it with the toothbrush.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

You may find blotchy splashes of different colors on your boot.

Not to worry  the uneven colors just mean that you probably should melt in another layer of wax to spread over those parts of the shoe.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

These were what the finished brown and black boots looked like.

Here, the Imgur user noted that the beeswax does tend to make the shoes a little shiny.

But the material is still perfectly supple, and doesn’t cake up with wear.

Using beeswax to waterproof leather shoes

The boot on the left was waxed about one month ago.

The color has changed little, and, to this day, still prevents water from flooding in.

Please SHARE this amazing waterproofing hack with all your family and friends!