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This study aims to use used cooking oil as shoe polish rather than just throwing it away (which can cause drainage clogging). Calamansi juice is also added to add more viscosity to the product. This study also promotes natural and organic products.


Background of the study:

Oil is one of the basic needs in our home. Yet, it is very expensive nowadays. Now, as a student researcher, I want to conduct an experiment on how to use used cooking oil in a very convenient, practical and useful way. That’s why I chose it to become a shoe polish. Since oil can become a drainage clogger when thrown in the sink, why not recycling it though some colloidal particles are still visible due to frequent frying?

Shoe polish is widely used by people especially by students, office workers, etc/ on their leather shoes. But the commercial shoe polishes were made of chemicals which can harm human’s health if used recklessly.

Statement of the Problem:
1) Is using used cooking oil an effective ingredient for shoe polish?


1) Used cooking oil can be recycled conveniently by combining it with calamansi juice. 2) Used cooking oil is feasible as a shoe polish.

Significance of the Study:

This study aims to use used cooking oil through making it into a shoe polish though its phase was already in its least. This study also aims on organic shoe polish with only using sources commonly available in our own homes.

Scope and Limitations:

This study only limits on the feasibility of using used cooking oil with calamansi juice as shoe polish. The calamansi is only used for adding more viscosity.

Definition of Terms:

◘volatile- the tendency of a substance to vaporize. It has also been defined as a measure of how readily a substance vaporizes. ◘viscosity- is a measure of the resistance of a fluid which is being deformed by either shear stress or extensional stress ◘colloidal particles- is a type of chemical mixture where one substance is dispersed evenly throughout another

Review of Related Literature:

An oil is a substance that is in a viscous liquid state ("oily") at ambient temperatures or slightly warmer, and is both hydrophobic (immiscible with water) and lipophilic (miscible with other oils, literally). This general definition includes compound classes with otherwise unrelated chemical structures, properties, and uses, including vegetable oils, petrochemical oils, and volatile essential oils. Oil is a nonpolar substance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/oil

Cooking oil is purified fat of plant origin, which is liquid at room temperature. Some of the many different kinds of edible vegetable oils include: olive oil, palm oil, soybean oil, canola oil, pumpkin seed oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, grape seed oil, sesame oil, argan oil and rice bran oil. Many other kinds of vegetable oils are also used for cooking. The generic term "vegetable oil" when used to label a cooking oil product refers to a blend of a variety of oils often based on palm, corn, soybean or sunflower oils. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_oil

Shoe polish (or boot polish), usually a waxy paste or a cream, is a consumer product used to shine, waterproof, and restore the appearance of leather shoes or boots, thereby extending the footwear's life. In some regions—including New Zealand—"Nugget" is used as a common term for solid waxy shoe polish, as opposed to liquid shoe polishes. Various substances have been used as shoe polish for hundreds of years, starting with natural substances such as wax and tallow. Modern polish formulae were introduced early in the 20th century and some products from that era are still in use today. Today, shoe polish is usually made from a mix of natural and synthetic materials, including naphtha, turpentine, dyes, and gum arabic, using...
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