Homemade Polish in Nigeria: Types, Ingredients, And Production Guide

Are you aware that Nigerians are talented at making in-house polish? In case you don’t know, they can produce footwear polish, furniture polish, nail polish, etc., locally.

It will also be interesting to know that the production is such Polish is not as difficult as some might think. Moreover, the materials required are inexpensive.

Now, do you want to learn more about Nigerian homemade polish?

If it’s a yes, you should stick around. In this write-up, we are going to be discussing some Nigerian homemade polish and how they are being produced.

If you wish to produce one, you will know how to do it.

Producing Homemade Polish in Nigeria

For the time being, we will consider how you can sit at home and produce your shoes, furniture, and nail polish.

Let’s get this up and running.

  • Shoe Polish

There are four types of homemade Nigerian shoe polish.

We got the charcoal varnish, the organic varnish, the wax varnish, and the liquid varnish. Before you start manufacturing your homemade shoe polish, you will need to get the materials and equipment for production.

Just underneath are the materials and equipment you should get and how to go about the production.

  • Charcoal Polish

Some of the products you’ll need to produce charcoal shoe polish consist of 30 grams of soap that is cut into flakes.

Then you also get 15g of potassium carbonate, 150g of bee wax, 15g of gum Arabic powder, 45g of icing sugar, 280g of powdered charcoal, 150ml of water, and finally take a kerosene stove or gas cooker.

Once you have collected these elements, you may start production immediately.

Turn on your stove and pour your wedges of beeswax with water into an aluminum or steel container. Add the soap and potassium carbonate, and mix until it becomes as smooth as a batter.

Then add the gum Arabic powder, icing sugar, and charcoal and mix thoroughly. Once you’re done, you can take it down and allow it to get cold then you package them.

  • Wax Polish

The ingredients you will need to produce a shoe polish are close to this charcoal.

This consists of paraffin wax, soap, or candle. Then you get paraffin oil or palm oil, dye, either steel or aluminum-containing that has stirrer.

Firewood, kerosene stove, or better off the gas stove, personalizing steel or plastic packing containers will also be needed.

Once you have put together the items listed above, you must follow the steps below and produce your home polish.

  • Switch on your gas cooker.
  • Next, place the steel or aluminum container on the fire, and then proceed.
  • You should now grate your paraffin wax or candle and place it in a heated steel container.
  • Pour at least one liter of paraffin or palm oil and continue to stir the wax discretely until the color changes. This means that the wax is appropriately blended.
  • Now, you add dye to the desired quantity you want and stir it properly to be perfectly blended.
  • Once your dye is correctly mixed, you must add a little paraffin oil and let it come down from the hot pan. Leave it to get cold and then you package it.


  • Organic Polish

Some of the organic materials needed for home lacquer production include 100g of fat, 50g of wax, and 50g of linseed oil. Once you have collected these articles, you can now start your production right away.

You will first melt the fats on the steam bath and then grind your wax with a rasp. Once you are finished, you then add the wax in the hot melted fat with the flaxseed oil and mix it properly to become well mixed.

Bring it down when you have the color change and let it chill.

If you want to store it for a long period, then package it in a bottle when it’s still hot and then stash it away in a dark room, when it’s cold.

  • Furniture Polish

At this point, we will explore how you can make a home furniture polish. Before then, you will have to obtain the necessary materials for production.

These materials consist of polishing agents such as wax, polymers, and oil. After that, you will also need a few solvents such as mineral alcohol, turpentine, or naphtha.

Propelling agents such as propane or butane will also be required in addition to certain emulsifiers.

Other ingredients are very important in the production of an in-house Polish. They consist of abrasives, dyes, fragrances, and preservatives.

Homemade Polish Production Procedure

The process of production of furniture varnish varies consequently. The one we’re going to discuss is the one you can use to make an aerosol varnish.

At that point, there are about four operations you need to perform to complete your furniture polish.

These include preparing the wax emulsifier; filling the primary vassal, applying pressure in the box, and then final operations.

A variety of techniques may be used in the preparation of the wax emulsion. One common method is to heat water as well as other water-soluble materials in a single container.

Next, wax and other oil-soluble ingredients must be put into another container.

Start heating the vessels and mix with a turbine blender. However, during the heating of the containers, you should avoid making contact with external water.

Once you have completed the heating process, you allow it to get cold and then add other ingredients such as perfume, preservative, and colorant. Let the patch finish meeting the standard quality of solids, pH, and others.

The next thing you do is figure out how you can store your homemade furniture polish.

There are other homemade glazes that you can settle for, other than the ones we just mentioned. For example, nail polish and dye, etc.

However, if you want to venture into the production of homemade polish, you can use the provided guidelines and begin immediately.

Besides, it’s not going to cost you a lot of money for materials and they are readily available in the market.

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