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!

Teaching Kids To Eat Wild

  Here are 4 easy-to-identify plants to teach your kids to eat wild!
I love watching my girls roam the yard and woods with wild plants hanging out of their mouths. Not only does it give me satisfaction that they are practicing what I’ve taught them, but I also know they are getting great nutrition! 
 
Wild plants have the best source of nutrition available. Most people don’t realize that eating wild plants in their yard is even better than buying organic food at the store!
 
To teach your kids to eat wild, purchase a book such as A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants or Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate to help you identify wild foods. I suggest starting with one edible plant that doesn’t have any poisonous look alikes. Study that one plant until you and your kids can identify and harvest it without any hesitation. Once you have that first plant mastered, begin with another one. 

Teach Your Kids To Eat Wild

These are the 5 herbs that I have started with in teaching my girls to identify wild plants:
  • Chickweed
  • Dandelion
  • Plantain
  • Wood Sorrel
  • Red Clover

1. Chickweed

Chickweed has a tiny line of hair on one side of the stem, tear-shaped leaves, and grows a tiny white star-shaped flower.  

Edible parts: leaves, stems, flowers

2. Dandelion

There are a few flowers that look similar to dandelion, but a dandelion can be easily identified by its leaves. Dandelion leaves make an arrowhead shape at the top of the leaf. Other leaves are more rounded.

Edible parts: The whole plant.  Roots, leaves, stem, flowers

3. Plantain

Plantain grows everywhere except in Antartica. The bottom of the leaf stem has a purple/red color, and the leaves are thicker with strong, raised veins on the back.

Edible parts: leaves

Underside of Plantain Leaf

4. Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel ( also known as sour grass) has a distinct delicious lemony flavor. My girls really enjoy this plant as a treat! Its leaves are heart-shaped, and the flower color can vary. In my area, the most common flower color for wood sorrel is yellow.

Edible parts: flowers, leaves

5. Red Clover


Red Clover is a plant with amazing nutrition! It’s a great blood purifier, cancer fighter, and is used to treat infertility. 

Edible parts: leaves and flowers

What plants have you taught your kids to identify?