Natural home made wood polish

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You want home made wood polish?  I’ve got your home made wood polish.

I’m your best friend like that.

home made wood polish

A little while ago I needed to have the kids clean the wood floors and dust the wood furniture, (I’m a mean mom) only to discover we were totally out of wood cleaner / wood polish.  I’m no Becky Home-Ec-y, sometimes we run out of cleaning products and it takes me months to notice.

Shut up, I’m busy.

Anyway, two things happened at once that day: I didn’t have time to go buy some new wood polish at the store (see above re: busy) and I realized before Lemon Pledge people were dusting and polishing their wood all by themselves with ingredients from home.  So I decided I’d try making some home made wood polish, and I’ll tell you what: I liked it much better than the store bought stuff.  I think I’ll be the kids will be making natural home made wood polish from here on out.

It’s easy.  Let me show you how it’s done.

home made wood polish

Ingredients for Natural Home Made Wood Polish

(not to be confused with natural home made POLISH people, although I’m good at making those too):

  • 3 T olive oil, maybe 4-5
  • 3 white vinegar
  • juice from a lemon or orange, seeds strained (or lemon juice from the fridge)

How much oil and vinegar you mix together (or try to, anyway) is totally up to you and how much wood surface you need to cover.  If you make it a little at a time you won’t end up with extra, but then you’ll have to stop and take a Diet Dr Pepper break in-between each piece of furniture while you whip up new wood polish.  That’s okay too.

  1. Mix the oil, vinegar and citrus juice together.  If it’s too “watery” for your taste, add some olive oil until you’re happy.
  2. Pour mixture into a spray bottle, or keep in a small glass bowl and carry it around the house while you clean.
  3. Dip a microfiber cloth (aka old cloth diaper) into wood polish and clean your furniture, floors, banisters, and cabinets.

 

natural home made wood polish

This is the wood floor in my entryway before and after I cleaned the kids cleaned with my home made wood polish concoction.  Not too shabby!

If you’re into natural stuff, organic stuff and whatnot, this wood polish is for you.  No weird chemicals!  If you’re cheap like me, this will also make you supremely happy.

Go home and clean.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

4 Comments

  1. Necole@seriouslysassymama :

    This is great! Thanks for the recipe. This gives me an excuse to buy a cute glass bottle.

  2. Kara :

    Ugh! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you continue to use olive oil, as it ages, it will build up sticky layers and begin to oxidize and haze over. Think of the sticky yellow-brown scum that forms on the inside of the vent-hood or top of the cabinets in the kitchen where the oil settles and dries.

    Mineral oil, on the other hand, will give you the same shine w/out the stickiness or oxidation!

  3. Imprinted Grocery Bags :

    Thanks Kara for the cool suggestions. I also use mineral oil to stop that scum in my showcase and wooden compartments in the kitchen, but don’t actually know the reason of that scum before reading your comment.