Homemade lemon-oil furniture polish

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Homemade lemon-oil furniture polish
Wood grain (furniture image by Vladimirs Koskins from Fotolia.com)

Making homemade furniture polish is an eco-friendly way to keep your wooden furniture shiny and hydrated without introducing potentially harmful chemicals into your home. It is also a frugal method of keeping your home clean, as it is less expensive to make your own lemon-oil furniture polish than to purchase it at the store.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Lemon oil
  • Measuring cup
  • 2 soft cotton cloths

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  1. 1

    Measure a half cup of water.

  2. 2

    Add a few drops of lemon oil and mix well.

  3. 3

    Apply the mixture to a soft cotton cloth, applying just enough of the lemon-oil furniture polish so that the cloth is slightly damp.

  4. 4

    Wipe furniture with the damp cloth to remove dust and polish the wood. Use a completely dry cotton cloth to remove any excess oil from the furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • This lemon-oil furniture polish should only be used on varnished furniture.
  • For unvarnished wood, mix equal amounts of olive oil and lemon juice and apply lightly to a clean cotton cloth. After wringing the cloth tightly to distribute the polish throughout the entire cloth, wipe unvarnished furniture using wide strokes.
  • Lemon oil should not be confused with lemon juice. To purchase lemon oil, look in the vitamin and supplement section of your local natural-food store or other stores that specialise in alternative medicine. Lemon oil can also be purchased online at natural-health and essential-oil shops.

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