Make Your Own Furniture Polish

As I shared yesterday, I have fond childhood memories of dusting while my mom cleaned our house. Once I moved away and started living on my own, I bought the same aerosol dusting and polishing products that were full of chemicals. I continued to dust with them until I got pregnant.

(I have so much more to share with you about my former way of living … but you’ll have to wait just a few more days until my eBook Accidentally Green is released on Monday!)

I stopped using my familiar aerosol products right away and strictly switched to dusting with microfiber cloths. These cloths do a great job – but they never truly polish my wood furniture. After five years without any kind of polishing, everything looked pretty dull in my home.

This year when it came time for spring cleaning, I knew I needed to find a safe and natural way to add some shine to my furniture. And that’s when I discovered several homemade furniture polish recipes.

I tried little batches of them all and finally created my own that I really like. I hope you’ll like it, too!

Make Your Own Furniture Polish {}

Homemade furniture polish


Half a lemon
Olive oil
White vinegar


Squeeze half of a lemon into a small bowl. Add olive oil (double the amount of lemon juice) and a splash of white vinegar.

I apologize for my vague directions – when I make my homemade concoctions I typically eyeball everything. To simplify, I used a one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil ratio.

(If you want to get technical, it probably ended up being 1/8 cup lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon white vinegar. But that’s just a guess. Experiment until you find a mixture that works for you.)

Whisk the three ingredients together and rub the polish on wooden furniture with a soft dusting cloth. To avoid an oily surface, really rub the polish into the wood.

What are some natural furniture polish recipes you’ve used in the past? Were they effective?

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Hilary Kimes Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama, and journalist. She writes about making healthy decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment at Accidentally Green. Short and sweet - like her writing - Hilary is the author of several healthy living eBooks.

Lovely comments

  1. says

    Thank you for the great post! I found it very useful since I never knew I could make a furniture polish on my own. It’s a really unique and creative recipe that you’ve given!


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