Saturday, 6 October 2012

Wax on, Wax Off...Furniture Polish

Hope you are all having an amazing Saturday.  I have always used pledge on my surfaces when I dust, I love the scent and the results.  But I knew there had to be a greener method so I went on a search to find you some recipes to help with your dusting/polishing.

Some of the benefits to using homemade polish are:
  1. Inexpensive
  2. Chemical-Free
  1. No fragrance to irritate allergies
  1. Environmentally-friendly

Tips:  Do not reuse spray bottles that have contained other chemicals.  Shake the bottle each use to recombine the ingredients.  Cheap olive oil works just as well as the more expensive grades.  Smaller batches can be made, if you prefer to use fresh polish each time you dust as long as you maintain the ratio in the recipe.

  1. This is a pretty simple recipe.  Only 2 ingredients, so it will be quick to prepare. 

Combine equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle.  Using a clean cloth rub a small amount of the polish onto your furniture.  Then wipe dry with clean dry cloth.

  1. 1 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of lemon juice

Combine olive oil and lemon juice.  Use as mentioned in method 1.

  1. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (use white vinegar for light woods)
2 tbsp. jojoba oil (you can submit with olive oil, but jojoba has a longer shelf life)
3-5 drops of Lavender essential oil ( I would image you could use any scent of essential oil that you prefer.  I am definitely not a floral scent person, I much prefer baking smells LOL but that is just my preference)

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well to blend, dip the corner of your rag in the polish and rub into the wood furniture.  Please test a small section of the table first to make sure that it doesn't stain the wood.  After polishing, rub everything down with a clean dry rag to remove excess polish.

That is it for todays frugal homemade solutions.  If you try one of these recipes, I would love to hear back from you on what your opinions are with how these turn out. 

Do you use polish or just water to dust in your house and why? 

Thank you so much for stopping by,


Decor To Adore said...

Hello I am visiting via the Nester's 31 days series. Your series is full of great tips!

I too am participating in the series. My topic is "Decor To Adore~ finding your style". I would like to invite you to stop by anytime.

Have a beautiful day and a wonderful fall season.

Unknown said...

I will go peek at your blog today! Thank you very much for visiting and taking the time to comment. I love to hear from people that are reading the blog, then I know if I am putting information out there that people are finding useful.