Do you know that you don't have to buy commercial furniture polish anymore if you know how to make furniture polish from all-natural ingredients found in your very own home? If you add up all the money you spent on commercial furniture polish, you will realize that it’s a significant amount of money. Moreover, the US EPA says that many of these commercialized products contain petroleum distillates that can cause irritations. Make your own polish with the following steps:
- Prepare the following materials: olive or vegetable (mineral oil if you will be using the polish for unfinished furniture), lemon oil, lemons, strainer or cheese cloth, a medium sized bowl, a spray bottle big enough to fit about two cups of liquid, a kitchen knife and a measuring cup.
- Wash the lemons and then cut each lemon into half. Squeeze out the juice. Continue to cut and squeeze out the juice of the lemons until you have about a cup of lemon juice. Although you will only be using half a cup of lemon juice for this particular recipe, the one cup of lemon juice will be lessened, as you will see in the next step.
- Taking your strainer or cheesecloth, strain your lemon juice free of pulp and lemon seed. You need to remove the pulp and the seeds so that you can put the lemon juice later in the spray bottle without clogging it with the pulp bits and lemon seeds. You want furniture polish and not fruit pulp on your furniture, don’t you?
- Measure about half a cup of the lemon juice and set it aside.
- Clean or rinse out the spray bottle, if you haven’t done so already. Wipe it dry. Remove the top from the bottle of the spray bottle. Using the funnel, carefully pour in the half cup of lemon juice into the bottle.
- Measure one cup of olive oil or vegetable oil. Using the funnel, carefully pour this liquid into the bottle.
- Close the bottle, and then shake its contents thoroughly.
- You can now use your homemade furniture polish. The lemon in the mixture has natural cleaning and shining properties. It also smells great—just like store-bought lemon scented furniture. Use your homemade polish by spraying some of the mixture onto the furniture and buffing the furniture with a piece of soft cloth, until you achieve your desired shine. For those hard to reach places in your furniture, try wetting a soft toothbrush with the mixture.
- The recipe for homemade polish for furniture with unfinished wooden surfaces is to mix a teaspoon of lemon oil with a cup of mineral oil. For unfinished furniture, you will have to exert a bit more effort into polishing your furniture.
During these lean days, every dollar saved counts. You don’t have to spend needlessly for commercial furniture polish and expose yourself to the harmful chemicals some of them contain. Cheers to a thrifty and environmentally friendly you.