Homemade furniture polish does wonders for your wood furniture by cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting it at the same time.
You’ve probably heard that furniture polish can dull your furniture over time, and that’s true about commercial products. The majority of commercial polishes contain silicone, or a silicone substitute, to counteract the effects of other ingredients. But, since silicone bonds with itself, every new application is basically putting down yet another layer of it. You’ll know if your furniture polish has been adding these extra, nasty layers because it will look cloudy and/or feel sticky.
Crazy, isn’t it? You use a product designed to give your furniture a nice shine then because you’re using that product, you wind up with furniture that’s not shiny at all. To make matters worse, dust clings to silicone so you’re basically making more work for yourself.
When I noticed that my coffee table and other wood furnishings were looking awful, I set out to find a furniture polish that would actually clean, shine, and protect my furniture without grabbing onto every bit of dust in the room. Let me tell you, with two furry cats and a dog, things were looking awful until I switched to making my own furniture polish.
It’s so much cheaper than the commercial stuff, too!
Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 to 4 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto a lint-free cloth (flannel baby wipes work great for this) and wipe onto furniture for light polishing. For a heavier gloss, spray directly onto furniture and buff to a shine.
Store your homemade furniture polish in a dark, cool cupboard to keep the oil from turning rancid. Replace it monthly, and always shake before use. Use this homemade furniture polish as part of your weekly cleaning routine to keep your wood furniture in gleaming condition.
If your furniture has a serious build-up problem you’ll want to follow these steps to remove the sticky wax buildup before switching to homemade furniture polish.
This homemade polish works well with the steps to fix scratches on your wood furniture, too.