How to make a DIY wood polish

How to make a DIY wood polish

I natural and DIY wood polishes they can make your furniture shine in no time. Eco-friendly and chemical-free, these DIY cleaners are also able to care for and nourish the wood and function as a dust barrier.

Creating a DIY wood polish is simple and inexpensive – only a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time are needed. Let’s see, therefore, some recipes for make natural cleaners for wood.

How to make a DIY wood polish

Per make a DIY wood polishyou have to mix the ingredients we are going to list in a bottle and use the mixture on all wooden surfaces.

This natural polish cleans, cares and protects surfaces, without filling the air with toxic and harmful chemicals.

Polish with vinegar, olive oil and orange

To make the mixture, get:

  • half a cup of white vinegar
  • half a cup of olive oil
  • orange essential oil.

To create the DIY polish, mix the ingredients and use a cloth to apply it to furniture and wooden surfaces, preferring circular motions.

You can also mix olive oil and essential oil first, to make the mixture more fragrant. To prepare the orange oil, you can also put the orange peels in the oil and leave it all to infuse for 6 weeks.

The essential oil of orange prevents the drying of the wood, counteracts the strong smell of vinegar and gives a fresh and pleasant scent, even to the environment!

Polisher with vegetable glycerin and lemon

There are also other recipes for create a DIY wood polish. A first variant provides:

Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well; to use it, spray on the wood and rub with a soft cloth, also in microfibre.

Alternative recipes

There are other equally good combinations of ingredients you can use to make your own DIY wood polish. Here are some suggestions:

  • mix olive oil with lemon juice, in a ratio of 2 to 1;
  • melt the beeswax and add the olive oil, let the mixture harden and then melt it, before using it, using the microwave;
  • coconut oil, alone or mixed with your favorite essential oil.

The advantages of DIY wood polish

Just like leather, too wood needs hydration, so that it looks healthy and not dull. Most synthetic polishes are in fact silicone based, so they don’t moisturize the surface, they just add a shiny layer on top, a bit like foundation does on the skin.

Oil is better than any product with silicone as it traps moisture inside, thus creating a barrier that protects the wood from any external aggressions, including dust. Silicone, on the other hand, attracts dustforcing you to continually dust the furniture.

Making wood polish at home is also very convenient: you probably have all the ingredients already at home and you won’t have to buy anything; in addition, it takes very little time to create the mixture.

wooden table and chairs

Where to use homemade polish?

You can use the mixture on any wooden surface, while we recommend test before using it on wooden floors. Some of these, in fact, have delicate finishes that do not interact well, for example, with vinegar.

Test the mixture first on a small area: if you see that vinegar is not tolerated, you can opt for some other recipe that does not provide it. Also consider that the oil is very slippery: so don’t use it on the floor if you don’t have the opportunity to dry it well.

You can also use the polish on:

  • wooden utensils;
  • wooden cutting boards;
  • wooden doors;
  • picture frames of wood;
  • wicker baskets;
  • wooden chairs.

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