Home Care

How-To: Homemade Furniture Polish

Let your bespoke pieces shine bright with this all-purpose cleaner

Photography: Apartment Therapy and @rusticfarmhome via Instagram (Main Photo)

Wood furniture can be a little harder to maintain than other common household staples. Unlike plastic or steel, it isn't resistant to scratches and stains. Instead of reaching for expensive and alcohol-based cleaners, consider using a more natural alternative that will nourish and disinfect your precious antiques without the unwanted buildup. Check out the instructions below: 

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What you need:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Funnel
  • Small container

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  1. Starting with the lemon juice as a base, add in the oil and a teaspoon of water. Lemon juice gently removes stains from surfaces while the oil nourishes your wood furniture.
  2. Pour in the distilled white vinegar and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together. This will help keep your furniture clean and fresh.
  3. Using a funnel, transfer the mixture into your container. Shake the bottle well to keep the ingredients from separating.  

RL Tip: Apply a small amount of the polish to a washcloth and gently polish the wood before buffing with a clean cloth to maximize shine. Store the homemade furniture polish in your refrigerator to keep it fresh for your next cleaning session.

PHOTOS and SOURCES: Apartment Therapy and @rusticfarmhome via Instagram (Main Photo) | PopSugar.

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