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Homemade Natural Furniture Polish: Clean, Protect, and Shine

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This natural homemade furniture polish leaves your home’s wood surfaces shining clean for pennies.

Have you ever felt like the furniture you polished only a few days ago seems to collect dust? You aren’t imagining things! That’s why I switched to using homemade furniture polish.

My recipe cleans and shines furniture but, unlike commercial sprays, it doesn’t attract dust or trap humidity. Plus, it costs just pennies to make.

Homemade Furniture Polish Benefits

There are several reasons you should consider switching from commercial furniture polish sprays to making your own natural furniture polish.

No buildup or haze. Commercial polish contains silicone, among other ingredients. Silicone bonds with itself, so every use adds another layer that traps dust and humidity. Over time, those layers make your furniture look dull and dirty.

Allergy-friendly. Homemade furniture polish doesn’t contain synthetic fragrances or aerosolized ingredients of commercial sprays. Many people with allergies find their symptoms begin to clear up when they switch to homemade cleaning products like this one.

Affordable. This recipe uses inexpensive kitchen ingredients. You probably have them already.

Safe around pets and kids. Need I say more?

Natural Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe

Clean, moisturize and shine your wood furniture naturally with this simple spray.
Type of Recipehomemade cleaner
Use AsSpray

Equipment and Materials

  • Spray bottle
  • Measuring cup


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3-4 drops lemon essential oil optional


  1. Combine all ingredients in a clean glass spray bottle and shake well to combine.
  2. For light polishing, spray onto a lint-free cloth and apply to furniture following the wood’s grain. Wait a few seconds, then wipe in the same direction with a dry cloth to remove excess spray.
  3. For heavy-duty cleaning, spray directly onto the furniture and wipe across the grain, then polish as above.
  4. Shake vigorously before each use. Store in a cool, dark place. Discard and replace monthly.
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FAQs about using Homemade Furniture Polish

How Often Should You Polish Furniture?

How often you should polish furniture depends on what you use. Commercial polishes add layers of buildup, so it’s not a good idea to use them every time you dust. They’re more for making things look shiny and new when you have company. Homemade furniture polish both cleans and shines, so you can use it each time.

What’s the Best Fabric to Use?

Use a lint-free cloth when polishing furniture so you don’t add dust to the surface you just clean. Old t-shirts make great dusting rags, as do flannel baby diapers and flour sack tea towels. You can use the same cloth several times before you need to wash it.

Can I Use a Different Oil?

Yes, but choose one that doesn’t go rancid quickly. A neutral oil like jojoba oil, grapeseed, and food-grade mineral oil all work. Tung oil and walnut oil bring out the beauty of teak or darker woods, but they are not pet-safe.

My Furniture Is Sticky. Will This Help?

Remember what I said about commercial polishes adding layers that trap humidity? That’s why your furniture is sticky. Follow these steps to get rid of sticky wax buildup, then switch to a furniture polish without silicone—like this one!

Can I Use Apple Cider Vinegar?

Yes, but keep an eye on things. Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, which is a form of starch. It may leave streaks on some woods, and can sometimes attract pests.

Can I Add Lemon Juice?

Lemon juice contains citric acid. If you add it in addition to the vinegar you’re increasing the overall acidity and may damage your furniture. Lemon juice is not a substitute for lemon essential oil, which is an oil and which does not contain citric acid.

Can I Use a Different Essential Oil?

Yes. You can use any essential oil you like in this homemade furniture polish recipe—I like the lemon scent. But if you have pets that lick furniture, exercise caution because not every essential oil is pet safe.

Can I Use This on My Wood Floors?

No. This natural homemade furniture polish is strictly for use on furniture. If you use it on floors, it may leave them dangerously slippery.

Can I Use This on Painted Furniture?

No. This recipe isn’t for use on painted surfaces. To clean those, use warm, soapy water and a microfiber cloth, then rinse with a fresh, damp cloth. Buff dry to finish.

So, what are you going to do with all the time and money you’re saving now that you’re using homemade furniture polish instead of those expensive, ineffective commercial sprays?

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  1. 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!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Yes, I just run them through my washing machine in a load on their own.

  2. 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.

    1. Katie Berry 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.

  3. Thanks for posting the furniture polish recipe. I just started using it today. It is so nice to apply a product to the furniture that has a gentle, natural scent, as opposed to the harsher chemical cleaners. Can only be better for me and the environment! Cheers Tina

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Tina. It’s nice that it only costs pennies to use, too!

  4. Katie Berry says:

    Hi Betty,
    This mixture is intended for use on furniture and would be too slick if used on floors. I do have a homemade floor cleaner recipe that works on any type of floor, if you’d like to give it a try.

  5. Hi , can I use this mixture on rosewood furniture? Will it restore its original color ? Can you also suggest how to get back the rich look that seems to have faded ? Need to tell you that I haven’t polished it since having bought it. Thanks in advance

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It’s not a color restorative, just a moisturizing polish. That may be enough to bring out the grain again. If it doesn’t, then you’ll want to look at furniture restoration sites. That’s not something I’m confident to advise you about.

  6. This was amazing. Less than $3 to do my 3 metre table and a 6x4m deck. Thanks.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so happy to hear it!

  7. Can you use vegetable oil in place of olive oil?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You can, but as I mentioned in the section on substituting oils, it may go rancid on your furniture. It’s best to stick with oils that don’t.

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