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12 Powerful Homemade Furniture Polish Recipes & Tips

Wood furniture is wonderful for so many reasons. Solid wood has a classic look that never goes out of style and it’s extremely durable. Even maintaining wood furniture can be fairly easy to do with simple items found throughout the house! That’s right! Everyday items can create quality homemade furniture polishes to keep your wood furniture clean and moisturized. From homemade furniture polish with vegetable oil to incorporating other fun ingredients like orange peel, you can make your own right at home for a super affordable price tag.


Finished wood polish recipes

These two recipes can be made in a snap and will last you a while. As with polishing any type of wood furniture, make sure that you are using a soft cloth to wipe down each piece.
Spray bottle
  • Olive Oil Lemon Polish

  • Spray bottle

  • Olive oil

  • White vinegar

  • Lemon oil

Combine 2 TBSP olive oil with ¼ c white vinegar and about 2-4 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Shake it up and now you have a moisturizing wood polish with a fresh lemon scent.
  • Vanilla Orange Polish

  • Glass jar or bottle

  • Light olive or vegetable oil

  • One medium orange

  • Vanilla extract or crushed and dried vanilla bean

First, you will need to peel your orange. Save the juice for yourself and save the rind for your homemade wood cleaner. In a glass container, combine 1 cup of your choice of oil, 2-3 drops vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon of dried vanilla. Add in your orange peel one rind at a time. Press them to the bottom of your glass container and let the mixture soak for a few days. Once the oils from the orange peel release after a few days, you can use your new furniture polish on nonporous wood furniture.

Finished wood wax recipes

Using beeswax to seal wood can protect it from being scratched and from water damage. Take a look at these two wax recipes below:

  • Two Ingredient Wood Wax

  • Glass jar or tin can

  • Slow cooker

  • 2 beeswax bars

  • Jojoba oil

Place your two 1oz beeswax bars in a slow cooker and begin to heat it up on the high setting. Use a rubber spatula to stir the wax as it melts. When the wax has melted, pour half of your oil in and stir. Pour the rest in and stir some more to make sure it mixes evenly. Pour your new wax into the container of your choice and let it cool for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Enjoy your new wax wood polish.

  • Conditioning Wax Cream

  • Glass Jar

  • Beeswax (grated)

  • Olive oil

  • Essential oil

Heat a half cup of grated beeswax in a ceramic or glass jar until it melts. Set aside and stir in one and a half cups of olive oil gently. Add 2-4 drops of the essential oil of your choice and let the mixture cool. You should be left with a softer wax to use on your wood furniture.

Polish for Unfinished Wood

Unfinished wood can be a bit trickier to treat as it is raw with no finish or sealant on top to protect it. Use this super easy recipe below to help spot treat unfinished wood furniture.

  • White Vinegar & Water

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Warm water

In a spray bottle, create a mixture to 50/50 warm water and vinegar. Shake it up and use it to take on tough grime and dried down stains on your unfinished wood. You can place this mixture on a damp cloth to treat tough stains.



7 Tips for Treating Solid Wood

There are a few more things you can do to make sure your wood stays looking like new. Take a look at these 7 tips for keeping solid wood gleaming each and every day.

  • Keep it out of direct sunlight. Sun can be harsh on wood and can even change the tone or color of it over time.
  • Keep your wood dusted. Dust can build up, cause allergies, and look horrible on a finished or unfinished wood surface.
  • Go light on cleaning and polishing products. A little goes a long way and you don’t want to create an unnecessary layer of cleaning solution.

  • Keep wood furniture dry. Water can wreak havoc on wood furniture.

  • Use a wood wax or wood oil regularly to seal in moisture and lock out damage.

  • Use only soft or microfiber cloth to polish and treat wood. Rags, sponges, and tougher fabrics can sometimes be too harsh on wood surfaces.

  • Try to keep wood away from sharp objects. Fancy dinnerware might look nice on a proper place setting, but it is best to avoid items like cutlery from scratching or denting beautiful wood pieces.

At Texas Furniture Hut, we have a healthy selection of solid wood furniture for your dining room, living room, bedroom and beyond. Stop by one of our showrooms today and see for yourself! Don’t forget to stop by our blog page so you can continue to get more homemade furniture polish with vegetable oil recipes and tips for your wood furniture, accessories, and so much more.

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5/3/2022 2:57 AM
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8/22/2022 10:47 AM
I have a beautiful mango wood slab table and benches with a glossy finish. Over the years it has worn in areas and I would like to refinish, but maintain the rough cut character of the wood-so sanding off the old finish would not work.  Have tried the paint/finish removers on the market and this doesn’t really work.  Any suggestions?  I would like to use your recipe for beeswax polish on the wood.
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