Use this easy homemade furniture polish to clean and shine wood furniture.
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.
Moisturize Wood to Protect It
Like your skin, dry wood cracks and looks dull when it’s not properly moisturized. Silicone-based commercial polishes don’t moisturize — they just create a smooth surface layer.
Oil moisturizes wood furniture while also creating a smooth barrier. So, ditch the commercial furniture sprays if you want gleaming wood that stays in top condition.
Make This for Just Pennies
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. (Related: How to Remove Water Spots from Wood Furniture.)
Furniture Polishing Tips
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth to apply. Baby flannel wipes are fantastic. (I use these.)
- You can use the same cloth several times before laundering. Just stash it with your homemade furniture polish spray for quick touchups.
- If your furniture has a severe build-up problem, you need to remove it before switching to homemade furniture polish. (Related: How to Get Rid of Sticky Wax Buildup on Furniture.)
- The vinegar in this homemade furniture polish recipe helps remove grimy fingerprints and dirt. Although you can substitute apple cider vinegar, if ants are a problem in your area you should stick with white vinegar since ACV contains pest-attracting pectin.
Other Uses for Homemade Furniture Polish
Since this is an all-natural, food-safe recipe, you can use it on a variety of things around the home. Try using it to give a gorgeous shine to any of these:
- Wood spoons and cooking utensils
- Wooden cutting boards
- Unpainted wicker baskets
- Wood picture frames
- Unpainted wooden knickknacks and decor
- Leather sofas and chairs
- And in a pinch, a quick spray will add a nice shine to leather shoes and handbags when you’re in a rush.
Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe
- 1 cup olive or jojoba 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 and apply to furniture, following the wood’s grain, for light polishing. For a more substantial gloss, spray directly onto furniture and buff to a shine.
- Use a small paintbrush or old toothbrush to apply to intricately carved areas.
- Store homemade furniture polish in a dark, cool cupboard to keep the oil from turning rancid. Replace it monthly, and always shake before use.