Homemade Furniture Polish

Homemade furniture polish from HousewifeHowTos.com
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.

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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 a lint-free cloth (flannel baby wipes or microfiber cloths 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.

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    • Katie Berry says

      We have plenty of discussions of these topics on the Facebook page, although I may add forums in at some point. Thanks!

  2. KD says

    I’ve been obsessively reading through your posts the last few days and have loved many of the tips. I was wondering if you just washed & dried the cloths you used with the furniture polish? I have read that it is not safe to dry cloths that have been used to clean with oil. However, I will admit that I’ve done that countless times without any trouble! Thank you!

    • says

      The type of fats in an oil largely determine whether it’s going to go rancid or not. Olive oil is primarily unsaturated fat, and thus less likely to go rancid. The acidity of the vinegar and lemon oil, both of which are also anti-bacterial, also helps prevent it from going rancid once applied to furniture.

      That said, you don’t want to leave a bottle of this sitting out in bright light, and you want to use it within a couple of weeks.

  3. Amanda says

    I use furniture polish (pledge) to clean my leather furniture. Do you know if your recipe can be used on leather? If not, do you have any homemade recipes to clean leather furniture?

    • says

      First off, I’d strongly encourage you to stop using Pledge on your leather furniture. It’s not made for that! Keep in mind that leather is skin and that Pledge Furniture Polish contains silicone. Just as silicone would build up on your skin over time and lead to problems, it can build up on your leather over time, too. As it does so, it will be trapping stains and dirt, and harming your furniture’s finish in the long-run.

      As to using my furniture spray on leather furniture, yes it works on leather furniture AND it doesn’t contain silicone! In fact, you’ll find most DIY leather cleaners use pretty much the same ingredients as my furniture polish!

      Since you’ve been using Pledge, you’ll need several rags the first few times you use my furniture polish on your leather furniture as it cleans away the Pledge buildup. Just keep reapplying and wiping until the cloth comes away clean, then give it one more round to condition it.

  4. Brienne Coombs says

    I love this cleaner! It worked really well on poorly taken care of dining set I found at a garage sale. However, I couldn’t get the squirt bottle to work; It clogged up after only one spritz. (I ended up just pouring some on the rag and wiping the furniture down.) Is there a special kind of olive oil I should be using? I used the EVOO I use in the kitchen.

    • says

      I’m so glad you like this cleaner! There’s no special EVOO to use, but different spray bottles act differently. Using it on the rag and wiping down like you did is a perfectly acceptable alternative — I do it that way sometimes, too.

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