Saturday, August 9, 2014

Simple Homemade Wood Furniture Polish

My life goal has been to find chemical free DIYs which are cheap, easy, quick and effective. Because who wants to be exposed to hazardous chemicals, but also who wants to spend more money, effort and time doing anything. Not me. That all just sounds silly to me. Thankfully, making your own cleaning products happens to be ridiculously easy.

A few years ago I started this blog to share all my chemical free DIY life hacks with you guys and I've been loving it! To be honest, I really don't know why I haven't shared this recipe before because it's so incredibly easy! Once I started using this simple DIY wood polish recipe I wondered why does anyone even buy the bottled stuff anymore! This is so quick and easy to make and it saves money, too! YAY!

Easy DIY homemade furniture polish #DIYcleaning #YLEO #greencleaning

Wood Furniture Polish

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil or Jojoba Oil
  • 1/4 c of Vinegar (use white vinegar if you are afraid of staining, but Apple Cider is good for dark wood)
  • 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
  • 25-30 drops of essential oils (I like using 10 drops orange, 10 drops lemon, and 5-10 drops cedarwood or pine) I recommend this brand
  • 4oz Glass Spray Bottle
Homemade wood furniture polish that's so easy and effective. #YLEO #DIY #DIYideasSimply mix everything into a spray bottle (glass is recommended) and lightly spray over the wooden furniture. A little goes a long way! 

Using a soft cloth, wipe the polish around until it completely covers the surface of the wood furniture. It shouldn't feel sticky or wet. If it does, there is probably excess -- just do a second round of wiping! 

Tada! Done! I really don't know how much easier wood polish can get! 

You will have to shake this before each use because the vinegar and olive oil will separate naturally.

This isn't a duster/cleaner-- I typically use these fancy chemical free cloths for that.

This recipe should last quite a while if kept in a cool, dark place. Sometimes the carrier oils (ex: olive oil) can go rancid so always check the expiration date on your bottles. I like to label my spray bottle with that same expiration date so I can keep track. 

If you'd like to learn more about getting safe, high quality essential oils please read about where I buy my essential oils and why I use them.  If you'd like to join my Natural Living Support Group on Facebook please fill out this form
Sherri Griffin
Sherri Griffin

Thanks for checking out my blog. I get serious about a few things in life: animals, chemicals, and food. For the rest I can't promise anything so keep the bar low. For more about me check out my "About Me" page! Happy DIYing!


  1. I usually use only water and vinegar! But you intrigued me and I'll try your mixture nef time! Thank you for sharing!

  2. The final result is amazing! I'm going to try your polish this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  3. excuse me? can i ask you somethin?
    can i use on non-coated surface too?

  4. I really like this wood soap recipe! The amounts add up to about 2oz in a 4oz bottle. Should I add Thieves Household Cleaner? Rose

    1. I love thieves household cleaner. I think you could add it to everything you clean with!!

  5. I'm having trouble using this as a spray. The mixture emulsifies and seems to clog up the spray nozzle. Any ideas?

    1. I'm sorry you are having a problem. I have not encountered any issues with this particular formula. Did you happen to change any of the ingredients or proportions?



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