Homemade lemon-oil furniture polish

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

Measure a half cup of water.

Add a few drops of lemon oil and mix well.

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

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

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