DIY Cleaning: How to Make a Wood Polish With Natural Ingredients

DIY Cleaning: How to Make a Natural Wood Polish

The following recipe teaches you how to make a wood polish that is efficient, effective, and delightful in aroma, without any harsh chemicals.

Wood looks its best when imperfect – it exudes a warm, rustic vibe. However, wood will also easily attract dust and stains and eventually begin to lose its luster.  But regular store-bought wood polishes intended to remove the dust and fingerprints off of furniture whilst protecting it from water, isn’t doing your health any favors. Often, these polishes come in a liquid, paste, or aerosol form. A common group of ingredients in conventional wood polishes are petroleum distillates, which are flammable and dangerous if swallowed. Some formulations contain formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen. Protect yourself, your children, your pets, and the planet, by avoiding such unnecessary additions to your household.

Instead, get crafty and learn how to make a wood polish with all natural ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. All you need are three common household ingredients, a small storage bottle that can be sealed shut, and about 1 minute of your time before your wood looks and smells amazing without the heavy chemicals.  Yes, that easy! Enjoy!

Natural Wood Polish

Mixture good for a few pieces of furniture. Can be easily doubled or tripled as needed. 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil


Pour the olive oil, vinegar, and lemon oil into a bottle. Seal the bottle and shake well. Pour some of the mixture onto a microfiber cloth and wipe furniture, always with the grain, making sure to spread it well and evenly coat the surface.

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