Homemade Furniture Polish

I am tottering right along on my baby stepping towards healthy living.  Every week I’m getting rid of something bad (or at least not-so-good) and incorporating a better, safer substitute.

Today’s diy project involves a household cleaner that has been on my mind for quite some time.  Furniture polish.  I was a major “Pledge” fan.

Nothing made me cringe more than seeing my children eating a crumb or a lone chip off of my gleaming end table or just flat out making their peanut butter sandwich directly on my polished kitchen table.  (forget why they were doing that and let’s just focus on the fact of what they were doing for now!!)  And no, it’s not the neat freak in me that cries out, but rather the “naturally green” girl from within that cringes every single time.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you are fully aware of my passion for greener, purer living.  One by one, my shelves full of toxic cleaners has been pushed aside for a healthier alternative for our family.  I want our home to be as safe and comfortable as possible for all of us, for those who clean and also for those who don’t…yet.

A few weeks ago, I shared with you my summer reading stack and one of the books that I particularly enjoyed was this one:

In her book, Mrs. Meyers recommended an “green/eco friendly” furniture polish that I quickly put to use.

You know why?  It was basic, household ingredients straight out of my kitchen cabinets.  Love, love, love that.  I couldn’t make it fast enough.

I tweaked her recommendation a bit.

The original source was found here.

Homemade Furniture Polish
Recipe type: homemade cleaner
Polish your furniture the natural way.
  • ¾ c. olive oil
  • ¼ c. distilled vinegar
  • ¼ of the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon or 2-3 drops of lemon essential oils
  1. Mix well.
  2. Store in a container (in the fridge if you choose to use fresh lemon juice).
  3. Apply a little amount with a lint-free cloth and buff well to shine.


To use: Simply apply a bit of polish to a cloth and gently polish your wood.  (This polish is not to clean your furniture, just polish it.  Clean off any grime, otherwise known as yesterday’s lunch, with some soap and water.  Dry with a cloth and now you are ready to polish.)  The olive oil really helps nourish your furniture and makes them shine.  Remember a little bit of your prepared polish goes a long way.  Buff well.  If you used tot much or it seems too “oily”, simply sprinkle and rub in a bit of corn starch to soak up any extra polish.

I cannot tell you how happy this makes me.

Finally, for the first time in years, I can sit back and happily watch my kids eat off of the furniture.

Not that they should, mind you.  Just if.

How about you?  Are you die-hard pledge lover?




More in this series:

Baby Steps (intro to series)

Goodbye Stuff (towards simple living)

Pretty Perspiration (towards health)

Reading Between the Covers (towards growth)


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4 thoughts on “Homemade Furniture Polish

  1. Cheryl

    I tried this today and it worked great! I wanted to make a smaller batch so I used 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 T vinegar and 1 T lemon juice. Does this need to be stored in the fridge?

    1. heather Post author

      That is so great, Cheryl. Yes, it would need to be stored in the fridge to prevent spoilage. Or you could possibly just use a lemon essential oils to scent the polish. Thanks for stopping by Thrifty Stories.

    1. heather Post author

      Yes. You would love that book, good common sense cleaning for a busy momma with a house full of children. I love this recipe. I would like to try this using coconut oil too.


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