Leather boots are my best friends three seasons out of the year. They go great with dresses in the spring and fall, and can dress up skinny jeans in the winter. But wearing leather boots in the winter has its disadvantages: salt and water stains from Wisconsin winters really take a toll on my beloved boots. I have tried leather cleaner to no avail…my boots still look raggedy after wearing them through the winter.
I found a homemade version to try on Pinterest so I pulled out my staple black leather boots to test it out. The post is simple: Use a mixture of vinegar and cold water to scrub water stains off of leather. I bought a tiny squirt bottle in the travel section at Target for 99 cents and did a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar.
I spritzed the boots with the mixture and used a paper towel to try and scrub away the water stains. When the boots were still wet the results looked promising, but as soon as they dried I could still see the stains. The stains were definitely less noticeable but they are still there. I repeated the process to see if the stains would continue to go away, but that didn’t seem to be the case. I’m not sure if I was supposed to leave the water and vinegar mixture sit on the boots (there really were no additional instructions on the Pinterest post), but I didn’t see the exact results I wanted to in the end.
Pinterest do or don’t? I’m on the fence on this one. The water and vinegar mixture definitely didn’t get rid of my winter water stains, but it did make them less noticeable. If I can’t find a permanent solution to the havoc that Wisconsin winters reek on my lovely leather boots, I will probably continue this process every spring to make the damage less noticeable.