Homemade furniture polish is just fantastic for your wooden furniture as it cleans, moisturizes, and protects them at the same time. It is also very cheap to make as if costs just a few pennies to get the supplies and doesn’t pollute your home’s air with aerosol fumes or any other chemical you don’t recognize.
Homemade furniture polish recipe
1 cup jojoba or olive oil
3 to 4 drops lemon or rose essential oil (optional)
1/4 cup white vinegar
Measure the ingredients and pour all of them into a spray bottle then shake thoroughly.
Spray generously onto a lint-free cloth then apply to wooden furniture, following the wood’s grain, for light and neat polishing. If you want a more substantial gloss, spray the polish directly onto your furniture and then buff to a shine.
You can use an old toothbrush or a small paintbrush to apply polish to intricately carved areas.
Store your homemade furniture polish in a bottle with a tight lid and keep in a dark, cool cupboard to prevent the oil from becoming rancid. Make a new batch monthly, and always shake thoroughly before use.
Why homemade furniture polish instead of Commercial Polish
Commercial Polishes Cause Haze: You have probably been told that commercial polishes can lead to buildup over time. That is simply because most commercial polishes contain silicone to offset the effects of the other ingredients.
It is common knowledge that silicone bonds with itself, each new application is you unknowingly putting down one additional layer of it. Humidity and dust get trapped between those layers, so at the end of the day, your furniture looks grimy and dull.
That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? You make use of a product specifically designed to give your furniture a clean and beautiful shine, then you end up with no shine at all because you’re using that same product. Worse still, your furniture ends up attracting dust because dust naturally clings to silicone.
Homemade furniture polish moisturizes wood to protect It: Oil is excellent for moisturizing wood furniture while also forming a smooth and shiny barrier. So, you need to ditch the commercial furniture sprays if you would like a gleaming wood that maintains top condition.
Make This for Just Pennies: Most of the supplies that you need to make your homemade furniture polish can be bought from your local stores. Asides the fact that they can easily be purchased, they come at pocket-friendly prices.
Furniture Polishing Tips
Do not use harsh applicator brushes on your furniture. Instead, opt for a soft, lint-free piece of cloth to apply. You can also use Baby flannel wipes as they are soft and perfect for wooden surfaces.
You can decide to use the same cloth countless times before you wash. Just keep it in the same place as your homemade furniture polish spray for easy and quick touchups.
Important note: If your furniture has developed a severe build-up problem from commercial polish use, you will have to get rid of those layers before you switch to your homemade furniture polish.
The vinegar in the recipe for this homemade furniture polish is here to help remove any grimy fingerprints and dirt on your furniture surface. However, you have the option of substituting apple cider vinegar. However, if ants have become a problem in your area, you have to stick with white vinegar since ACV has pest-attracting pectin.
Other common uses for Homemade Furniture Polish
Since this recipe is an all-natural, food-safe one, you can use it on a wide range of things around your home. Try it on any of the items below for a clean and gorgeous shine:
- Wood spoons and other wood cooking utensils
- Unpainted wicker baskets
- Wooden cutting boards
- Wood picture frames
- Unpainted wooden decor and knickknacks
- Leather chairs and sofas
And in a second, a quick spray will provide a beautiful shine to your leather shoes and leather handbags when you’re in a hurry.
Final thoughts on DIY homemade furniture polish
DIY projects are more than just a way to get creative, they are therapeutic and a great way to spend your free time. If you’re dealing with anxiety or other challenges and you need a break, DIY projects like this are a healthy way to ease your mind.
What are you waiting for? Save money today and get your home looking brilliantly clean with this and other easy DIY cleaning recipes featured in this blog.