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Natural Boot Waterproofing

Natural Boot Waterproofing

What is a safe, solvent-free way to waterproof my boots?

At this time of year many of us like to waterproof our winter boots, and all the commercially available products for this purpose use toxic solvents, most of them petroleum-based. A wool expert introduced me to lanolin as a safe alternative leather waterproofer. Lanolin is the oil in sheepís wool, and it is a natural water repellent that can be removed with no harm to the sheep. Available in pharmacies as “Anhydrous Lanolin,” and in a handy tube, lanolin is a rich, lubricating cream that can easily be rubbed into leather. A one ounce tube costs about $3, but a little dabíl do ya. Health food stores now offer a liquid lanolin used for cosmetic purposes for about $1 an ounce.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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7:59PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Good info.

2:29PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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1:11PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

am glad you told me that

3:48PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

I adore natural solutions.

8:57PM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

Thanks - that's good advice.

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11:24AM PST on Feb 11, 2010

Great to know! Thank you!

4:32PM PST on Feb 9, 2010

Thanks- sounds like a plan.

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