Homemade Furniture Polish

homemade furniture polish

I recently asked my Facebook readers if they had ever come across an eco-friendly dusting spray. I was thinking of something to replace the ubiquitous can of Endust or other such conventional sprays that so many people grab automatically. I don’t think anyone makes an actual aerosol spray (not that I think anyone should – I was just curious) but there are certainly some greener, safer products available to use for dusting. Earth Friendly Products makes a Furniture Polish which I recommend and Vermont Soap Organics makes a product called Liquid Sunshine that reader Meg swears by for dusting.

Reader Laura had a great suggestion for a homemade furniture polish made with 2 ingredients: olive oil and lemon. I whipped up a batch right away this morning and I think it’s fabulous!

Lemon Olive Oil Furniture Polish

1/4 cup olive oil

2 T lemon juice

Combine ingredients together in a spray or pump bottle. Be sure to shake before using as the oil separates from the lemon juice. Squirt polish onto a dusting cloth (I use old cloth diapers!) and notice how your wood shines!

I recommend using this up within a week or so because fresh ingredients could go rancid. I’m keeping mine in the refrigerator so it will last longer. As Laura joked – if you don’t use it all up, use it as salad dressing!

What do you use for dusting around the home?

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About Micaela

Micaela Preston is a marketing and communications consultant specializing in natural, organic and eco-friendly products and the health and wellness space. Micaela is available as a social media manager, green lifestyle writer, public speaker, brand ambassador and marketing manager.

Comments

  1. I recently tried to make my own furniture polish, and found that using more lemon juice to less olive oil worked better for me. I found it really oily the other way, but I guess it depends on your preference! 🙂 http://www.livingcrunchy.com/2012/01/how-to-make-your-own-furniture-polish/

  2. Hi Katie – Thanks so much for sharing your furniture polish recipe. I love that these DIY recipes are so easy to adjust and adapt to our own preferences!

  3. designer furniture uk says:

    As Laura joked – if you don’t use it all up, use it as salad dressing!

  4. Sometimes I use vinegar instead of lemon juice and it works just as well. Costs less but doesn’t smell as good as the lemon juice.

    http://www.ourhomemadehappiness.com/2012/02/homemade-furniture-polish.html

  5. Thanks for the tip about using vinegar as a substitute for lemon juice Kendra!

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that I liked what I read. Cheers!

  7. I use Olive Oil and vinegar to clean and it does a “fantastic”
    job. Cleans beautifully, it also covers small scratches.

  8. Thanks for the tip Donn!

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