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Homemade Furniture Polish Recipes

November 5, 2004

A hand holding a bright yellow cloth to polish a wood surface.This furniture polish is easy to make. You'll need turpentine, boiled linseed oil and lemon juice (or vinegar).

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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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March 14, 2008

Here is a great tip on saving money on furniture polish. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in the spray bottle. Shake well before using.

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September 11, 2004

This solution will clean and polish. If your cabinets are pretty dirty, you will probably want to use the Wood Cabinet Cleaner first.

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September 11, 2004

In a screw-top jar, mix equal parts: denatured alcohol (from a hardware store) strained fresh lemon juice (not canned or frozen) olive oil

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March 27, 2019

When making homemade furniture cleaner, does it make a difference if I use distilled water or water from my faucet?

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

I've never made furniture cleaner, but I know a tad about water.
If you don't want any minerals deposited into your cleaning solution, you'd want to use distilled, which they're removed in that.

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Minerals in our water are actually good for us to drink, but, for fabrics (for your furniture cleaning solution) I don't think you'd want those in there as they'd deposit on anything you used it on.

The minerals are ever so slight in tap water, but enough that we can see the scale build up on our faucets and anything tap water is consistent with.

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

Wood does not do well with water at all, but if you are making something and need a liquid, distilled would be better.

I know they are made from plastics (which makes me crazy) but I find microfiber clothes are the best dust catchers and do a nice job on my wood furniture without any chemicals.

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I wash them in a load with other rags, for a short cycle, on cold with just a drop of Tide and they last for a long time. I know this is probably me rationalizing...but if I have to pick between plastics and chemicals in this case, I will pick plastics (the microfiber clothes as chemicals are so bad for us and our pets.

The clothes we have are old and still work. I feel I save money doing this in the long run.

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

I have never heard of using water. Some people use linseed oil.

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March 16, 2017

Can I use safflower oil instead of olive oil?


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March 16, 20171 found this helpful

Yes, you can. Add some lemon juice to make it smell good.

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September 19, 2010

I would like to get a recipe for homemade furniture polish. I am going as organic and natural as possible.

By Rita

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September 19, 20100 found this helpful

Recipes are listed in the Archives.

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September 19, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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January 8, 2007

Can I make a homemade recipe with lemon oil and vinegar for my furniture?

Carol from Fayetteville, NC

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

Try www.prohardware.com. They have lots of recipes for homemade concoctions.

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January 26, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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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?

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February 21, 2013

Can I use vegetable oil instead of olive oil for the recipe that calls for lemon juice and olive oil?

By grandmaninnybug

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February 21, 20130 found this helpful

Yes, you can.

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September 19, 2010

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).

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July 29, 2010

I need a homemade recipe for furniture "cleaner/polish" that will not hurt some of my older wooden pieces.

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