Use simple ingredients instead of harsh chemicals to keep your wood tables, chairs and other surfaces clean and polished. This page contains recipes for homemade furniture polish.
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This furniture polish is easy to make. You'll need turpentine, boiled linseed oil and lemon juice (or vinegar).
Put all the ingredients in a glass jar. Put the lid on the jar and shake until mixed. Then apply to furniture using a lightly damp cloth. Dip the cloth in the furniture polish and apply to your furniture. Let sit for 30 minutes and then polish with a soft, clean cloth. Pretest mixture on an inconspicuous part of your furniture if you have not used this polish before. If you have a big job you can make a bigger batch but don't make more than you need, this mixture doesn't store well.
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This solution will clean and polish. If your cabinets are pretty dirty, you will probably want to use the Wood Cabinet Cleaner first.
First put the vinegar in your blender and start the blender. While the blender is running, slowly add the safflower oil. Let the blender run until the mixture is emulsified.
In a screw-top jar, mix equal parts:
denatured alcohol (from a hardware store)
strained fresh lemon juice (not canned or frozen)
Shake well before each use. Apply polish with a clean, absorbent, lint-free cloth, gently rubbing cloth over furniture. Polish with a dry woolen cloth. Cover jar and safely store polish.
Source: Adapted from a recipe at the NMSU Extension
Here is a great tip on saving money on furniture polish.
Combine the oil and lemon juice in the spray bottle. Shake well before using.
Use a clean, dry cloth to buff and polish. Works wonders and saves you money!
By Sabrina from Council, NC
I saw the following recipe on a video:
Now you can be environmentally safe and polish all of your furniture eliminating the harmful fumes in the commercial furniture polishes. Source: MSN
By MCW from NY
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Here are questions related to Homemade Furniture Polish Recipes.
Can I make a homemade recipe with lemon oil and vinegar for my furniture?
Carol from Fayetteville, NC
By Lynda (Guest Post)01/26/2007
I'd forget the Vinegar(a weak acid) MIXED with Lemon Oil, because I believe it would just partially dissolve the Oil, wouldn't it? I'd use lemon oil straight as I have for an antique Piano I own. It's just great and doesn't bleach at all. The woods love it. At least, the bottle SAYS "Lemon Oil", and it's clear/oily/fragrant and works! What more could you want? How are you getting your lemon oil?
I would like to get a recipe for homemade furniture polish. I am going as organic and natural as possible.
By Tapestry Lady09/19/2010
I mix together about 1/4 cup white vinegar and a good tablespoon of jojoba oil in a bowl, then apply with a soft rag. Then take a dry corner and buff it to wipe off excess oil. You don't really need much oil to make a good furniture polish and this way it doesn't turn out too greasy. For scent I add a couple drops of cedar essential oil, though lemon would be nice too.
Jojoba oil is light and doesn't go rancid like olive oil. It's also great for the skin so it's nice to have around.
Can I use vegetable oil instead of olive oil for the recipe that calls for lemon juice and olive oil?
By Jess D.02/21/2013
Yes, you can.
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The smell of furniture polish bothers my allergies so I have used the following homemade polish for years with good results:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp. olive oil
Mix well in a bowl, then saturate a small cloth with the mixture and wring out. Use to polish furniture, buff with a dry, soft cloth.
By June S.
By Isabelle (03/26/2005)
I ran out furniture polish and need to polish my wood furniture, any home tips anyone can give to me will be helpful.
Priscilla from Texas
Shake well. To use spray on clean cloth and use as you would store bought product. I follow up with a clean rag to get any excess product off.
The olive oil conditions wood and gives it that nice shine while the vinegar cleans the surface, I was skeptical before using this recipe but was hooked after the first time using it. My furniture does not get greasy and the vinegar smell isn't bothersome and goes away quickly. (07/31/2007)
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
Source: I saw it in a magazine
By Sherry from Silverdale, WA
I need a homemade recipe for furniture "cleaner/polish" that will not hurt some of my older wooden pieces.
By Laura from Syracuse, NY
(From: NY State College of Home Ecoc. at Cornell University) Badly worn furniture may require refinishing. (11/17/2009)
The first ingredient is water, of course. Get yourself a spray bottle and put 3 cups of water in there. Once the water is in your sprayer, you will be adding two additional items:
This is an excellent furniture polish and most everyone has these two products in their home. Use equal parts of olive oil and vinegar (like 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar). It cleans and shines at the same time!
By laniegirl from IA
For inside timber I would use boiled linseed oil as this dries quicker with less smell. I wouldn't use vinegar with the linseed unless the timber needed cleaning, ie. dirt or grime. If the timber is clean I would use just linseed oil. Check whether the original surface was oiled, varnished, or shellaced. Linseed oil will only work on an oiled surface. Definitely get a second opinion on antique finishes as you don't want to damage them or try the oil on an inconspicuous area so that no damage is done. (07/30/2010)