DIY Wood Polish + 10 More Homemade Cleaners To Clean Your Furniture

Why clean with chemically fragrant cleaners that can contribute to health problems when you can clean with real stuff? Here's some great wood polish recipes!

Three ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes to have your own wood polish on hand.

Why clean with chemically fragrant cleaners that can contribute to health problems when you can clean with the real stuff?

Your wood furniture can be beautiful and polished using essential oils and real ingredients found common in household kitchens.

I really enjoy the smell of citrus when I clean – it’s energizing and fun! This wood polish recipe combines both lemon and orange scents that will fill your house with wonderful fragrances, and make you want to dust every day!

Well…..at least you won’t dread shifting all your knickknacks around quite as much. 😉

DIY Wood Polish

Ingredients

Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. liquid castile soap
  • 4 drops of lemon or orange essential oil.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle.
  2. Spray on furniture and wipe with a clean cloth.

Note: Test the cleaners on an inconspicuous area of the furniture. Essential oils are wonderful to clean with but may not agree with all wood finishes. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 🙂

Below you will find 10 more easy furniture cleaning recipes from around the web.

10 Homemade Furniture Cleaners

Do you have a favorite furniture cleaner recipe? I’d love to hear it!

How To Make Herbed Cherry Tomatoes

Adding a fresh herb or two and healthy raw vinegar adds a unique twist to tomatoes!  

Tis the season for growing tomatoes! And fresh herbs!

There are few things I enjoy eating more in the summer than fresh tomatoes from the garden.

Now is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? That is the question of the day. I know they are botanically classified as a fruit, but they smell, look, taste, and are used like a vegetable, so that’s what they are in my book! 🙂

I enjoy adding tomatoes to several different dishes, but adding a fresh herb or two and healthy raw vinegar adds a unique twist for something different.

Adding a fresh herb or two and healthy raw vinegar adds a unique twist to tomatoes!  

Herbed Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Slice tomatoes in half and place them in a serving bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over the tomatoes.
  3. Serve over lettuce or fresh herbs, if desired.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Enjoy!

How To Make Chickweed Salve

Chickweed is one of the first plants that show themselves in early spring.  It grows low to the ground, has a tiny line of hair on one side of the stem, tear-shaped leaves, and grows a tiny white star-shaped flower. The flowers are not blooming in this picture below yet, but should soon! You can still use chickweed before the flowers appear.

To make chickweed into an herbal oil:

Harvest fresh chickweed and allow to dry overnight on the counter. Chickweed has a high water content so it’s a good idea to dry it a bit before making it into an herbal oil.

Fill a small jar with washed and dried chickweed.
Or fill the jar halfway with fully dried, purchased chickweed.

Here's how to make chickweed salve from this common herb growing in your yard!

Cover the chickweed with olive oil

Here's how to make chickweed salve from this common herb growing in your yard!

Get all the air bubbles out to help prevent spoilage

Here's how to make chickweed salve from this common herb growing in your yard!

Place a lid on the jar, label, and let sit for 2 weeks.  Shake the oil every day.

Here's how to make chickweed salve from this common herb growing in your yard!

After two weeks, pour the oil through a strainer or cheese cloth into a pan or double boiler .

Here's how to make chickweed salve from this common herb growing in your yard!

Be sure to squeeze the oil out of the herbs the best you can. This is all there is to making an herbal oil! You can place the oil in a jar for future use or make this oil into a salve.

To make this oil into chickweed salve:

  • Add 1/8 cup of beeswax and 1/2 tablespoon of vitamin E oil per cup of herbal oil.
  • You can also add about 7 drops of lavender essential oil to the pan to help prevent spoilage if you wish, but the vitamin E oil will preserve also!
  • Slowly heat the oil until the beeswax melts.
  • Place a spoonful of the oil in the freezer for about 5 minutes as a test to see how the salve will thicken up. If you would like the salve thicker, add more beeswax; if the salve is too thick, add a little more olive oil.
  • Pour the liquid into tins or small jars

Let the containers sit on the counter until the liquid hardens into a salve.

Chickweed salve can be used for:

  • Acne
  • Boils
  • Burns
  • Tumors
  • Itching
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Sores
  • Rashes
  • Wounds

Apply the salve as often as needed.