How to Clean Hunter Boots

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Trench Coat | Sweater | Jeans | Hunter Boots

One of my favorite parts of Fall is getting to break out my Wellies because let’s be honest, St. Louis has such a rainy Fall. I love how cute and stylish Hunter boots are (like how I wore them here), but I find them most useful at 6 AM when I have to take Chuck for a walk in the rain. This also isn’t strictly for Fall since my apartment building has the sprinklers on a timer for 5 AM every morning rain or shine. Clearly the person in charge of the sprinklers doesn’t own a dog.

Besides the fact that my Hunter boots are always a little muddy, I find that when I don’t wear them enough they look like they have powder all over them. The Hunter website calls this “blooming” a thing that not only sounds incredibly made up, but is apparently supposed to happen to rubber boots. Hunter sells their own special solution to take care of this problem, but since I am neither rich nor care that much, I haven’t bought it yet. I also like to look for natural ways to clean things or to use things I already have because the environment and I’m kind of cheap about that stuff. I actually found a super easy way to clean Hunter boots at home with something you likely already have: olive oil! I know it sounds super weird, but it cleans the “bloom” (nope still not comfortable with this term) off of them and keeps them shiny for so long. I wear mine a ton so they looked pretty bad when I left them for the summer to sit by my front door.

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With Fall making a real attempt at showing up this weekend I thought I’d need my Hunter boots sooner rather than later. The only two things you need to clean your hunter boots are:

Olive Oil

A Microfiber Cloth

Simply put a little olive oil on the cloth and rub over your boots. You’ll immediately see that they shine right up and don’t leave behind any oil or film. Some parts may be trickier, like the soles which have more texture to them and the buckle. I like to clean mine on my kitchen counter for maximum lighting. I just throw down paper towels, a trash bag, or a paper shopping bag so I don’t have to put dirty shoes directly on my counter and to avoid getting olive oil everywhere. That’s not a common problem, that’ just a Tracy problem. It takes less than 5 minutes to clean them and then they’re as good as new! I find this method works best to keep them cleaner longer.

Has anyone tried any other method to clean them at home without chemicals? Or how to clean anything else with stuff you have at home? I’m always looking for new natural cleaning ideas!

xo – Tracy

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