Day 11: Homemade Furniture Polish

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Today I am doing something that I’ve never done before: I’m reposting.  *gasp*  I know, it’s awful, just awful.  This is a drastic measure that I’m taking in order to get caught up on laundry from our trip, clean a filthy home, and prepare for being away tomorrow afternoon/evening and Saturday at the conference.  Woo-hoo to the last reason!

Wait, did I just own up to not being superwoman?  Phooey.  Now you all know my secret.  I’m ordinary.

Promise me you’ll not tell anyone one else, ok?  I’m merely owning up with you ’cause we’re tight like that.

So here’s my post from a couple months ago.  Homemade furniture polish. It’s a perfect addition to this series: Homemade Living.  This simple recipe will rock your world.  I love it.


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
Prep time: 
Total time: 
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.


***Update:  It is better made with a few drops of essential oils (lemon scent) otherwise you will need to refrigerate the polish.

To use: Simply apply a bit of polish to a lint-free 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 too 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? I’d love to hear what you are doing.

Thanks for stopping by. I am beyond excited about joining Nester’s31 Days Series. I hope that Homemade Living blesses your home as much as it will mine. I am honored to be linking with some fellow bloggers for this series. Please click the boxes below to check out their series (and their sweet blogs!).


As always…thanks for reading. 😉

More in the Baby Steps series:

Baby Steps (intro to series)

Goodbye Stuff (towards simple living)

Pretty Perspiration (towards health)

Reading Between the Covers (towards growth)




6 thoughts on “Day 11: Homemade Furniture Polish

  1. Wendy

    This is a WONDERFUL recipe! Thanks you so much for posting! My piano was looking very sad. Dirty from kids and tired from years of only getting polished once every several months. I was using Pledge, nothing against it, that’s what I grew up with, but it never gave me this type of shine to begin with and what it did give me only lasted a day or so. I LOVE the photos of your table and, happy to report that, now a full week later, my piano still gleams. I walk by it and smile. It’s gorgeous! Now the centerpiece of my living room it should be! Thank you!

    1. heather Post author

      So glad that you love the recipe, Wendy. I’m thrilled to have it in my home as well. It does my heart good to know that my furniture can still look good without any toxic or harsh chemicals. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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