The other week I was visiting my in-laws home. It is a beeeeeeoooooootiful home filled with lots of gorgeous natural wood cabinetry. While there, I talked my mom-in-law into letting me put one of my favorite homemade cleaners, DIY natural wood polish, to work.
Works like a dream, I tell you.
Forgot that nasty chemical laden spray you can find at the store. That stuff is full of all sorts of harmful ingredients. Instead, you can whip up this homemade wood polish in no time! And the best part is, it’s safe enough to drink! (Not that I would recommend that .) I love knowing that the cleaners I use have no harmful side effects on me or my little ones. I’m sure you have these ingredients sitting in your kitchen right now.
Are you ready for the simpleness to astound you?
Ingredients for DIY Wood Polish
2 parts olive oil
1 part lemon juice.
That’s seriously it, folks.
Directions for DIY Wood Polish
In an empty spray bottle or in a regular jar, mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. It’s a smart idea to first strain the lemon juice in a fine mesh strain to prevent your spray bottle from clogging. I just used an empty spray bottle from a natural, store bought wood polish I have used before. Shake well to emulsify the mixture. Bada bing! You have yourself some wood polish. Spray sparingly onto wood and in circular motions, rub the polish into the wood until it is well buffed with a soft cloth. If storing in a regular jar, just pour a small amount onto the cloth and buff into the wood in circular motions.
Here is my in-laws entertainment center before any polishing action went down:
Here it is halfway done. The left side has been polished and the right side has not:
And here’s the final product:
Look at that beautiful conditioned wood!! I know it’s a little hard to tell from these pictures, but I promise the difference is huge in person! I love that this polish keeps the wood glowing for long after the few hours that my store bought spray does. You really can’t go wrong.
So, how do we price compare the store bought stuff? For my recipe I used 2/3 C olive oil and 1/3 cup lemon juice.
Olive oil: $0.95
Lemon juice: $0.60
Total Cost: $1.55
A standard bottle of Pledge from my local Walmart is priced at $4, so that means our homemade DIY wood polish is 61% cheaper!! Not only are we keeping chemicals out of our home, but we’re saving money too. Can’t beat that.
Check out some of my other DIY cleaning recipes!
Comments & Reviews
This is good in theory.
Is lemon useful for polishing ?
That is so pretty! i defiantly see a difference in color on the left side than the right side,though it did take me a few seconds:) i think avocado oil or coconut oil would work a little better, and be a little safer, depending on what kind of would you have, because i know one of your posts have a great idea on using coconut oil to re-color your cutting board, (which by the way worked amazing) But great idea! `Keep on adventuring karrie, we love to hear from you!! 🙂
Olive oil is not a wise choice on wood. After some time passes the oil will begin to go rancid and smell as it begins to break down on the wood surface, as it is a fixed oil. It will also leave a sticky reside as the coating ages. Linseed oil is a safer and cheaper option, one that has been used by wood workers for ages.
Here’s another DIY polish:
This is an old furniture restorer’s trick. Scratches will disappear.
Use 1 part gum turpentine (NOT MINERAL) to 2 parts raw linseed oil. Apply with an old cloth, allow to soak into the wood, then polish off with a soft, clean cloth.
IMPORTANT: Dispose of the cloth that you applied the mixture with, as it can become spontaneously combustible. The polishing cloth is ok.
The turpentine cleans the wood and the linseed oil preserves and feeds the wood. Oil modern timber thoroughly as some less expensive pieces have been made with wood that has not been thoroughly seasoned and it will dry and split with age.
To clean wood (eg very old furniture that has built up grime) use 2 parts gum turpentine to 1 part raw linseed oil.
I’ve restored and polished antique furniture using this formula. It makes the house smell great, too.
Lori Johnson says
Can bottled lemon juice be used? Thanks!
I haven’t tried bottled lemon juice before. I have only used real lemons but if it is real lemon juice nothing else added to it I can’t see why it wouldn’t work!
Tess S. says
I have knotty pine cabinets throughout our home. Do you think this is the right choice for us? Thanks for all of your ideas!!!!
shannan slifka says
Sometimes the original ways are much better 🙂