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

DIY Wood Polish



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


  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!

DIY Heart-Shaped Herbal Tea Bags

These DIY heart-shaped herbal tea bags are a simple and fun way to make tea time a little more special. Your kids will love it!

Herbal tea is an excellent treat for any occasion. I’m one of those moms that enjoys adding little touches to make special days even more special, or surprise my kids with an impromtu tea party. And these heart-shaped tea bags make any tea time occasion even more special!  They are so simple and fun to make! Sure it takes a little more effort and time to make them instead of using plain tea bags, but kids think mom is a rock star when she makes an effort to do crafty things with them, and the memories last forever!
Some ideas for using these DIY tea bags:
  • Valentine’s Day gifts
  • Mom’s-to-be
  • New moms
  • A tea party with your children
  • A birthday party for your daughter and her friends

Items needed:

  1. Material of choice: empty tea bags (easiest option)/coffee filters/cheesecloth/or cotton muslin
  2. Heart template
  3. Loose herbal tea
  4. Needle and thread
 Delicious herbal tea ideas to use:

Another great idea it to make the time more educational by telling your children what these herbs are good for while you are making and filling the tea bags. Here is some simple educational information you can share with them depending on which tea you choose:

  • Roses are good for relieving sress and can be used externally to heal wounds. It’s important to emphasize that roses bought at a flower shop are not what you want to use, but those that are grown more ethically for medicinal purposes or are growing in the wild (like I use in Wild Rose Jelly) .
  • Lavender is also a good calming herb and relieves headaches.
  • Rosehips (included in the Very Berry Citrus and Island Breeze Rooibos listed above) is very high in vitamin C and the perfect herb to consume when sick.
  • Rooibos helps fight aging, colds, and infections
  • And the list could go on and on with the herbs in the tea mixes listed above!

It’s important to note that while these herbs can be used as “remedies”, they are great to consume for just pleasure or every day health as we do any food. 

DIY Heart-Shaped Herbal Tea Bags

First, trace your heart template on paper or cardboard.  If you trace directly on your tea bag/fabric, you’ll most likely have traces of ink left after you cut it out. We don’t want ink in our tea! I used a cookie cutter. Hold up your cookie cutter/template to the tea bag to make sure it is not bigger than your tea bag.
Place the heart template on the tea bag, trace the heart, and cut out.
Sew around the heart, leaving a space open to place the herbs in.
Fill the heart with one teaspoon of herbs/herbal tea mix of choice.
 Sew up the heart.  Attach a string and a label at the end, if desired.
Have fun making these with your children! You both will cherish the memories.
Enjoy your cup of tea!
Have you made a fun heart-shaped craft with your children for Valentine’s Day?  I would love to hear it in the comments below!

DIY Essential Oil Rub To Avoid the Holiday Sniffles

Looking for a way to stay healthy this holiday season? Try this DIY essential oil rub to keep those holiday sniffles at bay!

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I still remember my daughter lying on the couch on Christmas day listening to the rest of the family enjoy the festivities in the other room. A very not-so-merry virus had hit her and she couldn’t enjoy that holiday much at all. And I was right by her side sharing in her misery, because that’s what moms do.

Things could have been worse and I’m a firm believer that we can find something to be thankful for in every situation, BUT I like my children to be well as much as possible, and especially when they are looking forward to an event, such as a holiday!

My children do take vitamins, homemade probiotics, immune herbs, and eat healthy foods to support their system, but I also like to incorporate essential oils!

I’m going to share a simple DIY essential oil rub that you can use especially this holiday time of year when candy and baking are plentiful and your kids need that extra immune boost!

DIY Essential Oil Rub For the Holiday Sniffles

Let’s first talk about the power of these oils!

Clove Essential Oil

Use to relieve nausea, fight germs and bacteria. Buy here

Do not use this oil under age 2.

Lemon Essential Oil

When I think of lemon oil, my first thoughts go to its awesome smell and how great it works in homemade cleaners and room sprays, but this oil is also a good choice for illness! It’s a disinfectant, and it promotes lymphatic drainage, which helps you get over colds faster! Buy here

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Besides smelling like Christmas, cinnamon essential oil is also cleansing, relaxing, and helps support the respiratory system. Buy here

Do not use on children under age 10.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is a great disinfectant, and also relieves colds and stuffy noses. Buy here

Do not use under age 10.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary relieves congestion and coughs, as well as having antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It is said that judges in the middle ages burned rosemary to ward off any illnesses that people may bring to the place of judging. Using the essential oil has the same benefits! Buy here

Do not use on children under 10.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This oil contains terpinen, the active ingredient responsible for the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil is probably the first essential oil I was introduced to years ago. We still use it to protect ourselves from viruses, bacteria, and mold by inhaling itBuy here

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Immune Essential Oil Blend


20 drops clove essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)


  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container.
  2. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.

Immune Essential Oil Blend
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  1. 20 drops clove essential oil
  2. 15 drops lemon essential oil
  3. 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  4. 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  5. 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  6. 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  7. 6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.
  1. If using on children under the age of 10, omit the essential oils that are not safe on those ages and adjust the carrier oil amount.
  2. To diffuse, omit the carrier oil and add essential oils to diffuser.
  3. For a room spray, add the essential oils to 6 oz. of water.
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