Homemade furniture polish does wonders for your wood furniture by cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting it at the same time. It also costs just pennies to make and doesn’t fill your home’s indoor air with aerosol fumes or chemicals you don’t recognize.
Homemade Furniture Polish
Commercial Polishes Cause Haze
You’ve probably heard that commercial polishes can, over time, lead to buildup. That’s because they contain silicone to offset the effects of other ingredients. Since silicone bonds with itself, every new application is putting down yet another layer of it. Dust and humidity get trapped between those layers, so eventually, your furniture looks dull and grimy.
Crazy, isn’t it? You use a product designed to give your furniture a beautiful 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 making more work for yourself.
Homemade Furniture Polish Costs Just Pennies to Make
When I noticed that my coffee table and other wood furnishings were looking awful, I set out to find a furniture polish that would 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 furniture polish.
It’s so much cheaper than the commercial stuff, too.
If your furniture has a severe build-up problem, you’ll want to follow these steps to remove the sticky wax buildup before switching to homemade furniture polish.
Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 3 to 4 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto a lint-free cloth and wipe onto furniture for light polishing. For a more substantial gloss, spray directly onto furniture and buff to a shine.
2. 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.