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“I Don’t Use Anything Else” Wood Furniture Polish

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all well. Only short posts this week as I am enjoying a vacation in Australia with my family! I HAD intended to have everything written in advance before I got on the plane. But, alas, as usual, I left everything to the last minute and things did not work out in such an organized fashion. So, I am bashing this post out as Alexandra sets up the "Dora Tea Set" my cousin gave her for her 3rd birthday, before I am expected to arrive in the "fairy garden" for our morning tea party.  

But I had to quickly share this natural homemade eco green wood furniture polish! This simple little mixture is really effective and takes seconds to make. I have used this recipe a lot and love it. But, I was overjoyed after giving it a real test last week after Alexandra's fairy party, cleaning up after 20 little fairies, pixies and goblins (with a Batman, Peter Pan, and Buzz Lightyear thrown in).

My sister and brother-in-law made an absolutely exquisite allergy-friendly gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free fairy toad stool cake for the party. I swear they are becoming cake decorating wizzes! It looked absolutely incredible, with fairies sitting on the grass underneath with their wands in hand. I will post pictures on Facebook so you can see it.

The fairies enjoyed lots of other delicious allergy-friendly treats such as: jelly tea cups, fruit flowers, gluten free cupcakes, fairy bread stacks, honey joys, oatmeal cookies, and lots more! They played "pin the nose on the fairy clown", "pass the fairy parcel", stabbed a fairy castle pinata, and danced a lot! It was a spectacular success, and SO much fun! 

But after every last fairy had left, there was congealed "danced-in" cake all over the wooden furniture and "magic carpets". Enter this simple wood cleaner, that we whipped up in seconds in the kitchen! I have also added some wood furniture cleaning and restoring tips thay we used as well. These tips are nothing new. They are recipes my mum has been using for years. But I wanted to share them for those of you who have not tried making your own furniture polish. For those of you who make your own cleaner, please leave a comment and share you tips with everyone! I LOVE learning from YOU.

I really appreciate all of your comments and emails telling me how much you are enjoying the homemade cleaning recipes. I wasn't sure how everybody would respond to my diversion from the edible treats! Just a few more natural cleaning solutions before we head back to the blender for more culinary pleasure!

Until then, I am off to the fairy garden with Dora! 

“I Don’t Use Anything Else” Wood Furniture Polish

  • To polish wood furniture:
  • 1 cup of cold pressed olive oil
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Shake in a glass jar and apply with a very soft cloth to naturally clean and polish hard wood furniture.
  2. You only need a little bit.
  • To clean wooden furniture:
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
  1. Use a soft cloth to wipe down wooden furniture and give it a good cleaning before polishing and restoring.
  • To restore wooden furniture:
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/8 cup flaxseed oil
  1. Mix together and use a soft cloth to restore wood furniture.

To remove water condensation marks on wood furniture:

  • mix up equal parts of distilled white vinegar and olive (or other vegetable oil)
  1. Rub to remove marks with the grain.
  2. Wipe off with a soft cloth.

Tip: the best way to store lemons

Lemons continue to respire and ripen after they have been harvested. The faster they respire the more carbon dioxide they produce, and the quicker they spoil. Store your lemons in the fridge to slow this down and they should keep for up to about ten days. Make sure you do not store them in plastic bags where they are on top of each other. When there is limited oxygen, the ethylene gas gets trapped, causing them to rot. Always bring them to room temperature to get the most juice out of them.

Yes! This worked so well after the party. SO glad you could fly down for it.
Thanks for the glowing review of my cake.
Love you xx


LOL! I LOVED that cake and you did such an amazing job with the party! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Love you xxx

OMG.  Please people, stop the save the whales party, and just go a get a can of pledge.  Its cheaper, and much more effective and we dont have to hold hands around the bon fire and sing kumbiya.

David, your comment is just hilarious.

I am going to make this on the weekend to clean my furniture. Loving all of the natural cleaning ideas.


Thanks Sherry.
I can’t wait to hear what you think.

I gave this a go on the weekend and it was fantastic. Thankyou.


Great! I am so pleased you gave it a try!

Will definitely be using this method from now on! Thanks for the great tip. Is it safe to use a damp cloth containing water and eculaptus oil on my wooden furniture?


Pleasure. I have absolutely used diluted eucalyptus oil to wipe down some wooden furniture. But I have not used it to clean valuable antiques. I would always test a tiny back area before slathering it on the whole piece just to make sure on some surfaces. But it should be fine.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on homemade furniture polish. Looks interesting.


Great. This is a good natural alternative.

Would this clean the normal buildup of cooking grease, wax, etc from kitchen cabinets, or do I need to deep clean them and follow with this as a polish? My mother has maple and I have dark cherry cabinets that we’re trying to restore.
Thank you for any advice you might give us!


I would always wash /clean any greasy build up before polishing. Always test a small part of any surface (the least visible) before smearing over the entire surface.

Does anyone know if I can substitute the olive oil with soybean oil?  Its all I have access to at the moment.  Thank you for your input.


Yes, you can use soybean oil. Just always test a small part of the surface (the least visible) before using.

How long is the shelf life? Can you mix a big batch ahead n clean as needed with it?


The vinegar and oil solution and the vinegar and water keeps. But, the fresh lemon juice needs to be used within a few days for the best results. I make it in a batch and polish all of my furniture in one hit.

Apart from the environmental benefits from these cleaning products, the other benefit is they are so much cheaper. I am all for eco friendly cleaning materials. I like it a lot. I’ve got pets so this is really important to me. Thanks for this article.
Best regards! Preston Carpet Cleaners Ltd.



Question! ;-) I’m curious as to how long this keeps? And how to store. I made both the polish and cleaner and LOVE it. Thanks for sharing!!


The cleaner will keep for months. The polish won’t really be good past a week because of the fresh lemon juice. I keep that one in the fridge. I need to revise this post. Thankyou for the prompt.

Would this work to clean the sticky grim on kitchen cabinets or do you have something else to suggest? I don’t want to have to refinish them, or use something that is harsh enough to remove the finish or sealant. Also I need something for removing smoke film from furniture. Would this work?


I use vinegar and water with a good brush for grime. This is more of a polish.

I use equal parts apple cider vinegar and linseed oil.  Rub on with a steel wool pad000.  You can also use a steel pad0000.  Wash down with a mild dish detergent.  Your cabinets will look brand new.

Fantastic. Thanks for sharing!


Pleasure. I hope you find this recipe useful.

I’m restoring an old wooden trunk, can i use coconut oil instead of flaxseed oil? And what would you recommend using as a selant to Protect my trunk from water after i restore it? definitely want to keep the integrity of the wood and lettering that’s stamped on it.


You can absolutely use coconut oil for polishing wood. I find it get better results with flax oil. But, every surface is different. Test a very small section that can’t be seen to test which is going to be most effective. With regards to a sealant, try this: Melt 1/2 cup of grated beeswax with 1 1/2 cups olive oil. I hope this helps.

Could I use the apple vinegar or does it need to be the white vinegar?


You will get better results with white vinegar.

What I do with lemons is that I juice them and freeze using an ice cube container. Once frozen I place them in a closed container in the freezer. Then I just thaw the cubes I need for whatever I am preparing.


Yes! Great way to preserve your lemon juice. I do the same thing.

I used your furniture restore recipe and was most impressed with the results. I only discovered your blog by accident and am greatful that I did. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed your Aussie adventure


Great !! Thank you.

Thankyou. I am so glad this recipe gave you great results. Great to be connected.

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. All these natural hints are fantastic and save me heaps of dollars.


I loved it on an old table that lost the shine but Why the table stays sticky?


Great. Make sure you use a clean cloth to polish it after you apply. This shouldn’t make the table sticky.

I should probably polish my wood furniture more often. I only do it when I am very bored, which doesn’t happen much. Good for me, bad for my wood!


Ha! I’m not good at doing mine on a regular basis, either these days.

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