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Do It Yourself Tire Shine

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Bring the shine back to your tires with just a few minutes of time and some basic household ingredients. If you’re looking for a low-cost, environmentally safe homemade tire shine, you’ll love this simple DIY tutorial.

Homemade Tire shine is made with a mild dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and castor oil. The dish soap strips off the initial dirt and grime, the rubbing alcohol removes the residual dirt, the castor oil provides a natural, environmentally safe shine.

Homemade Tire Shine: 3 Steps to Shiny Tires

Why Make Homemade Tire Shine?

Advantages of Homemade Alternatives

1 Quality Control: You have full control over the ingredients used, ensuring a safer and more eco-friendly option.
2 Personalization: Homemade tire shine recipes allow you to customize the formula to suit your preferences and specific needs.
3 Chemical-Free Option: Commercial tire shine products often contain harsh chemicals, while homemade alternatives can be natural and gentle.


1 Budget-Friendly: Homemade tire shine can be made using readily available and affordable ingredients, saving you money in the long run.
2 Quantity and Convenience: With homemade recipes, you can make larger quantities at a fraction of the cost of commercial products.
3 Sustainable Choice: By making your own tire shine, you reduce the need for single-use packaging and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

By choosing homemade tire shine, you not only have greater control over the ingredients, but you also save money while embracing a more environmentally conscious approach.
natural tire shine recipe

Do It Yourself Tire Shine

You’ll Need:
Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
Dawn Dish detergent
Strong hand brush
warm water
A lint free cloth
Castor Oil

Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of dawn dish detergent. Dip a heavy duty scrub brush into the solution and scrub it on face of the tire, soaping the tire well. Let it set about 3-5 minutes.
scrubbing tire and wheels on car within microfiber cloth

Rinse the tire very well and dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Spray your tires with rubbing alcohol to strip off any old polish as well as any remaining dust and dirt. If the tires are older and don’t have any sheen left to them, use a mixture of 50% alcohol and 50% water. Spray one section of the tire at a time, using the lint-free cloth to wipe it off as you go.

Allow the tires to dry completely.

Using a clean, lint-free cloth, apply a light coating of castor oil to the face of the tire, avoiding the tread. This will give the tire a nice shiny sheen!

The natural shine recipe can be used alongside our car floor mat cleaner as well.

DIY Tire Shine Safety

Be aware that when you’re applying the castor oil to the tire, it should only be applied to the sidewalls or “face” of the tire, never to the tread. Applying oil to the tread could reduce grip, posing a safety hazard.

Tips for Applying Homemade Tire Shine

Best Practices and Techniques

1 Clean the Tires: Before applying homemade tire shine, ensure the tires are thoroughly cleaned and free from dirt, grime, and debris.
2 Apply Evenly: Use a clean applicator, such as a sponge or microfiber cloth, and apply the homemade tire shine evenly across the tire surface.
3 Avoid Excess: Apply a moderate amount of tire shine to prevent oversaturation and potential sling-off while driving.

Proper Application Methods and Equipment

1 Applicator Selection: To ensure smooth and even application, choose an applicator that works best for you, such as a foam pad or a brush with soft bristles.
2 Circular Motions: Apply the homemade tire shine in circular motions, working from the inner edge of the tire outward to cover the entire surface effectively.
3 Allow Drying Time: Let the tire shine dry completely before driving to avoid any potential sling-off onto the vehicle’s body or wheel wells.
By following these tips and using proper application methods and equipment, you can achieve optimal results with your homemade tire shine. Enjoy the enhanced appearance and protection it provides for your tires.

Frequently Asked Questions about Homemade Tire Shine

Q1: How do I make homemade tire polish?
A1: To make homemade tire polish, mix equal parts of vegetable oil and water, and add a few drops of dish soap. Shake well and apply to tires with a sponge or cloth.

Q2: Will homemade tire shine damage my tires?
A2: No, the tire polish is made with natural ingredients, is safe for tires, and will not cause any damage.

Q3: How often should I apply homemade tire shine?
A3: It is recommended to apply tire shine every few weeks or as needed to maintain a glossy appearance.

Q4: Can I use homemade tire shine on all types of tires?
A4: Yes, the homemade tire conditioner can be used on all types of tires, including rubber, plastic, and vinyl.

Q5: Does homemade tire shine provide long-lasting shine?
A5: The DIY tire polish may not provide as long-lasting shine as commercial products, but it can still give your tires a nice appearance for a reasonable duration.

Q6: Can I use household products as alternatives for homemade tire shine?
A6: Yes, some household products like baby oil or olive oil can be used as alternatives to make homemade tire shine.

Q7: How should I apply homemade tire shine?
A7: Use a sponge or cloth to apply a homemade tire shine evenly onto clean and dry tires. Wipe off any excess and let it dry.

Q8: Can homemade tire shine protect tires from UV damage?
A8: The natural tire shine recipe may offer some level of UV protection, but it is not as effective as specialized UV protectants available in commercial products.

Q9: Will homemade tire polish attract more dirt and dust?
A9: Like any tire shine, homemade or commercial, it may attract some dirt and dust, but regular cleaning can help prevent excessive buildup.

Q10: Can I adjust the shine level with homemade tire polish?
A10: Yes, you can adjust the shine level by varying the amount of oil used in the homemade tire shine mixture. Use less oil for a less shiny finish or more oil for a higher gloss.


Homemade tire shine offers advantages such as cost-effectiveness, control over ingredients, and environmental friendliness. It allows you to customize the formula to your preferences and ensures that you know exactly what you’re applying to your tires.

We encourage you to try homemade tire shine and experience the benefits firsthand. Experiment with different recipes and techniques, and don’t hesitate to share your results and experiences with us and the DIY community.

By making your own tire shine, you save money and gain the satisfaction of creating a product that works well and meets your needs. So, go ahead, get creative, and let your tires shine!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only. Use homemade tire shine at your own risk and ensure proper safety measures and precautions are taken.

DIY Tire Shine – Print Now

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DIY Homemade Tire Shine by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Homemade tire shine is a DIY solution to enhance the appearance of tires, providing a glossy finish and protecting against cracking and fading.
Resting Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


Homemade Tire Shine:

  • Put a few drops of dish soap in a bucket of warm water.
    Dawn Dish Soap
  • Mix well.
  • Get the firm hand brush, dip it into the solution, and scrub it on the tires.
  • Ensure that you scrub the grooves as well. If the tires are too muddy, let them rest for a few minutes and then clean them again. Rinse each tire thoroughly.
  • Spray your tires with alcohol.
    1 Spray Bottle
    Rubbing Alcohol
  • The spray efficiently strips off the old polish and remaining dust and dirt.
  • Alcohol strength will depend on the condition of your tires.
  • If they still have a lot of old polish, then use it full strength. Otherwise, use a mixture of 50% alcohol and 50% distilled water.
    Rubbing Alcohol
    Distilled Water
  • Allow them to dry completely.
  • Using a clean, lint-free cloth, apply a light coating of castor oil to the face of the tire, avoiding the tread.
    Castor Oil

The information on this DIY site is for general informational purposes only. We do not guarantee the accuracy or effectiveness of the content shared. The site owner and authors are not liable for any damages or injuries. Use the information at your own risk and seek professional advice when needed.

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