DIY Natural Wood Cleaner and Polish
Steel, aluminum, glass and plastic may have revolutionized the furniture industry, but wood is undeniably a staple material in furniture manufacturing. Wood furniture manage to combine eternal beauty and robust practically along with a contemporary or country style. But to maintain its beauty and help it last, wood furniture needs the right care. Many different types of wood finishes are used on furniture and they all need to be cleaned in different ways with different cleaners.
But today chemical-based cleansers have replaced the common household materials that were once used for general household cleaning. These common cleansers often contain toxic and hazardous chemicals, dangerous to both their user and the environment. Harsh chemical cleaners are out of the question, as they may damage or discolor the wood as it absorbs the liquid. Natural cleaning methods offer a safe alternative friendly to furniture and humans alike. Here are 3 cleaning, polishing and restoring recipes to try out on your wooden furniture :
1. Water, olive oil & vinegar
Mix together 1 cup of water and one cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Add in a tbsp of olive oil and mix well. This combination seems to do the trick – the vinegar provides a cleaning agent and the oil conditions the wood. Wood furniture with a matte finish cleans beautifully with this; it will fill in tiny scratches, it covers some water stains and helped darken finish that had dried out and lightened.
2. Lemon and Coconut Oil
We decided on these ingredients, mostly because I had them on hand. Coconut oil has tons of uses, so it isn’t a bad thing to have around the house. From what I have read, people have had success with all kinds of oil, from canola to olive, so this definitely isn’t the only option, and added lemon juice because it is also a good cleaner, but also for the lovely scent.
3. Vinegar and Lemon Juice
Combine equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle. Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture. Wipe dry with another cloth. Make fresh for each use.
This simple DIY polish will restore the shine not only to wooden furniture, but to bowls, toys and even trays. You can save money on an expensive wood polish and make your own with just three simple ingredients.