Little by little, I've been ditching store bought, filled with nasty chemicals household cleaners to all natural, homemade ones. Why? Well for one, I like the idea of having a home free of chemicals and I've also found my homemade cleaners to work far better than the store bought ones!
Not to mention, I save a lot of mula.
My most recent change? My furniture polish!
Let me just get this clearly across... I LOVE THIS LEMON SCENTED FURNITURE POLISH!
Not only is it so easy and inexpensive to make, but you probably already have all the ingredients on hand.....and it works!
And if you don't know all the benefits of using a furniture polish, you can read a few of them I put together in the next section, below the recipe and instructions.
Homemade Natural Lemon Furniture Polish Recipe
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (you can use more or less, depending on how slippery you want it to be)
- Any essential oil (I used 40 drops of lemon essential oil; you can use more or less, depending on how strong of a scent you're into)
The directions are easy: pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake, shake, shake!
- Combine white vinegar and olive oil in a glass jar or bottle.
- Add essential oil, if using.
- Close the jar or bottle tightly and shake well until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- To use, apply a small amount of the homemade furniture polish to a clean cloth and rub it onto your furniture in a circular motion.
- Buff with a clean, dry cloth to bring out the shine.
Note 1: Always shake the bottle prior to using so all the ingredients get mixed.
Note 2: It's important to test the homemade furniture polish on a small, inconspicuous area of your furniture before using it on the entire piece to ensure that it doesn't cause any damage or discoloration.
Prior to making the change, I was using the Swifter Multi-Surface Furniture Polish. I really liked it, but didn't love it. I found it left streaks on my microwave and some of my furniture.
This one however, does not! It cleans so well and it has the perfect slip to it- not to greasy but also conditions the wood nicely.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, the divine lemon scent is a hoot to breathe in while cleaning! So invigorating!
Here are a few before and afters:
Awesomely clean, huh? And if you are wondering what are some other benefits of furniture polish besides cleaning, here's a list of them:
Benefits of Using Furniture Polish
- Cleans and Removes Dirt: Since most furniture polish contain cleaning agents, they help remove dirt and grime from furniture surfaces.
- Restores Shine: Over time, furniture can lose its shine and luster due to exposure to dust and dirt. Furniture polish contains oils that help to restore the shine and make furniture look new again.
- Protects from Scratches: Furniture polish contains a thin layer of wax that helps to protect the surface from scratches and abrasions.
- Protect & Prevents Cracks and Drying: Exposure to sunlight and air can cause furniture to dry out and crack. Furniture polish contains oils that help to prevent this from happening, keeping the furniture looking new for longer.
- Enhances the Appearance: Furniture polish can enhance the natural color and grain of wood, making it look more vibrant and attractive.
- Makes Furniture Easier to Clean: When furniture is polished, it becomes smoother and more resistant to dust and dirt, making it easier to clean in the future.
Overall, using furniture polish can help to protect and prolong the life of your furniture, as well as improve its appearance.
I'm not sure how my cleaner would work on any other surface such as granite or other natural stone, but it did work nicely on my laminate counter-tops 🙂
So, what do you think? Is this a formula you would try? Or, do you already have your own? If so, please share!