Alternatives to furniture polish

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Alternatives to furniture polish
Keep wooden furniture gleaming with lemon oil. (furniture over white image by Lars Christensen from Fotolia.com)

Furniture polish keeps furniture looking beautiful, but for those concerned about the chemicals in furniture polish and their long-term effects, there are a number of more-natural alternatives. Most furniture-polish alternatives are produced from natural ingredients and are gentle on all types of wooden furniture. Natural furniture-polish alternatives are also useful for polishing and dusting surfaces including stainless steel and granite.

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Lemon Oil

Lemon is the most recognisable ingredient in all types of commercial cleaning products, but the products are widely silicone-based. The most effective, protective natural product available is pure lemon oil. Lemon oil nourishes all types of wood without chemicals and helps keep it looking beautiful for generations. You can also use lemon oil on other surfaces as a safe, natural cleaning and polishing agent.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil should be used as a polish only on unfinished furniture. Because mineral oil is a nondrying oil, it can cause finished or painted wood to collect dust and become sticky. Mineral oil will sink into wood over time, and too much of it can result in oily wood. Mineral oil is a vastly different product than white spirit, which should never be used in place of mineral oil. White spirit are dangerous when they come in contact with skin or are inhaled.

Orange Oil

Orange oil, derived primarily from orange peels, can be used as a polish on all types of wooden furniture. Delicate enough for antique furniture, orange oil is silicone- and linseed-oil free and leaves no waxy build-up. Orange oil is nontoxic and may also be used to clean and polish counters and cabinets.

Beeswax

Beeswax is an all-natural furniture polish that contains no chemical by-products. Made by several companies, beeswax is safe to use on furniture of all ages and can be used over time without danger of leaving build-up or sticky residue on furniture. Beeswax is safe for almost all surfaces, including electronics and granite, and is available in liquid polish and solid beeswax sticks.

Homemade Furniture Polish

Natural homemade furniture polish is a simple blend of common household ingredients. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 tsp of olive oil and 2 tsp of lemon oil. The vinegar removes dirt from furniture. This homemade polish is safe for homes with kids and pets, and it's gentle enough to be used on most any surface that needs polishing.

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