Homemade furniture polish does wonders for your wood furniture. You’ve probably heard that furniture polish can dull your furniture over time, and that’s true about commercial products, but not the homemade stuff.
Why? Because the majority of commercial polishes contain silicon, or a silicon substitute, to counteract the effects of other ingredients. Since silicon bonds with itself, every new application is basically putting down yet another layer of silicon.
You’ll know if your furniture polish has been adding these extra, nasty layers because it will look cloudy and/or feel sticky. At that point, you’ll need to remove the sticky wax buildup before switching to homemade furniture polish. (That’s a good time to fix scratches on your wood furniture, 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 cloth and wipe onto furniture for light polishing, or for a heavier gloss spray directly onto furniture and buff with with a clean, lint-free cloth.
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.
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