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Make Your Own All-Natural Furniture Polish
Many commercial furniture polishes contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals can threaten the indoor air quality, as well as the environment. You can still have the healthy, scented and clean glow on your furniture without the chemicals by using homemade all-natural furniture polishes. Besides having a healthier home environment, using a homemade furniture polish is economical. In most cases, you may already have the ingredients needed for your natural furnish polish in your home.
Lemons and lemon juice are called for in many homemade furniture polish recipes. They are a great addition to any green cleaning recipe as lemons have antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Half a cup of pure lemon juice mixed with a cup of olive oil makes an excellent furniture polish, especially for your hardwood furniture or floors.
Lemon oil will lubricate your furniture so it does not dry out. However, when buying commercial brands of lemon oil, beware: not all products are all natural. Combine 10 drops of pure lemon oil with two tablespoons of lemon juice and two to three drops of olive oil or jojoba to create a wonderful furniture polish that will add luster and shine to your furniture.
White vinegar is a natural all-purpose cleanser and can be added to most any mixture. A quarter cup of vinegar with a few drops oil is an effective all-natural furniture polish. Vinegar will pull the dirt out of the wood while the oil lubricates it. As an all-purpose cleanser, vinegar is a disinfectant and deodorizer.
Of all the oils, olive oil has one of the longest shelf lives and works extremely well to add shine and lubrication to your furniture. Another choice may be jojoba oil, or liquid wax, found in most health-food stores. Oils are important additions to your all-natural furniture polish as they help prevent cracks by adding the moisture needed to ensure your wood does not dry out.
Tannic acid in black tea will remove residue from dull furniture polish while restoring a natural shine to the finish. Steep three or four black tea bags in a cup of boiling water until the water has cooled. Remove the tea bags and, using a cotton cloth, wipe down your furniture. No rinsing is needed.
Believe it or not, mayonnaise is another great furniture polish. Because it is made of vinegar, eggs and oil, all the ingredients needed to put a beautiful shine to your furniture are already there. A little mayonnaise on your cloth is all you need. The eggs and oil will add a nice shine as the vinegar cleans the wood.