It is easier than you think to keep your wood furniture looking great – and you don’t even have to resort to toxic sprays. This Homemade Furniture polish has a fabulous fragrance and does a great job of keeping your wood shiny and well moisturized. Once you try this DIY Furniture Polish you will be hooked!
Most of us are fairly conscious about what we put into our bodies, but knowing what to do to keep our homes healthy can be a bit overwhelming.
Did you know that according to a 2009 study in the Journal Environmental Science & Technology the average home has at least 400 chemicals?
Most have these chemicals have never been tested, and many of them are toxic.
Repeated exposure to environmental toxins can result in a host of side effects. Some of them include headaches, skin irritations, and allergies. Over a long period, this can even develop into more serious conditions such as infertility or cancer.
While it is probably not possible for most of us to completely rid our homes of environmental toxins, there are some easy ways we can reduce them.
One of these ways is by using safe cleaners. Because let’s face it, as a mom with three kids there is a lot of cleaning going on at our house. (Which means a lot of unnecessary toxins in our home if I don’t take control.)
It is possible to buy safe cleaners, but you do need to be conscious of reading labels. There are many products out there that are marketed as “Green” or “Natural,” that are anything but that.
This practice, called Greenwashing is when:
…a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. (Source & Learn More.)
One way that I make sure I know what I am using in our home is by making DIY Cleaners, like this DIY Furniture Polish.
Now I know – you are super-busy and don’t want to add one more thing to your to-do list.
But I promise – it only takes a few minutes. Plus, in addition to helping reduce toxic chemicals in your home, this homemade furniture cleaner polish is a great way to save money.
Homemade Furniture Polish
While it isn’t necessary to us an oil-based cleaner every time you clean your furniture, most wood surfaces benefit from regular treatments with an oil cleaner. This is especially true for older pieces of furniture.
Other Essential Oils to Consider for Cleaning Wood:
- Sweet Orange
Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Furniture Polish:
- almond oil
- white vinegar
- essential oils (I like orange or lemon)
- glass bottle (or oil-safe plastic bottle)
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Make Homemade Furniture Polish?
- In a bowl combine oil, vinegar, and essential oils. Transfer to an oil-safe container and store for up to one month.
Can You Use Coconut Oil to Polish Furniture?
- Yes! Coconut oil is great to use to polish furniture! You can use fractionated coconut oil in this recipe if you wish. Or, heat coconut oil over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Transfer to an oil-safe container with a lid. To use, scoop out with a cleaning cloth and rub into furniture.
Can You Use Vinegar to Clean Wood?
- Yes! Thanks to its neutralizing properties and acidity, vinegar is a great way to clean, disinfect and add shine to wood.
The Quality of The Essential Oils You Use Matters!
I’ve tried most every essential oil company out there, and I am thrilled to recommend Plant Therapy as my preferred company!
After looking closely at the quality, purity, and ethics of so many companies, I’ve fallen in love with both the company and their oils. They are serious about safety and go to great lengths to test every single batch to ensure purity!
Read my full Plant Therapy Review for why they are my go-to company.
Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe
- 1/2 cup almond oil
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 30 drops orange or lemon essential oil
- 8 ounce glass or oil-safe plastic bottle
- In a glass measuring cup or bowl, combine almond oil, vinegar, and essential oils.
- Stir well to combine.
- Transfer to a bottle.
- To use, squirt directly on the furniture and wipe clean.
You should always test any DIY cleaner in an inconspicuous area before you use it on the entire piece. Some essential oils can have a negative impact on certain finishes.
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