Homemade Furniture Polish Recipes

Clean and Shine Your Furniture Cheaply and Naturally

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Is it possible to use homemade furniture polish to keep your table and chairs looking glossy and clean? You may not want to keep buying and disposing of aerosol cans. You probably wonder what chemicals lurk in commercial furniture polish and you'd rather use a homemade product where you know and understand the ingredients. The good news is that you can make your own easily and for far less than you'd spend on store-bought furniture polish.

Benefits of Using Homemade Furniture Polish:

  • Inexpensive: You can make polish with ingredients you may already have on hand, especially if you have a lemon tree growing in your backyard!
  • Chemical-free: These recipes use nature's own cleaning chemicals that are, in fact, food items you'd use on your salad.
  • No fragrances to irritate allergies: The cheap scents used in commercial furniture polish can trigger allergies in many people, or even in your pets. Instead of stinky fake perfumes, you'll enjoy the clean scent of lemon.
  • Environmentally-friendly: You won't have any aerosol cans dispersing propellant and needing disposal. You can mix these up fresh in a bowl or use your own spray bottle.

Furniture Polish Recipe I - Vinegar and Lemon Juice


  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice


  • Combine equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle.
  • Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture.
  • Wipe dry with another cloth.
  • Make fresh for each use.

Furniture Polish Recipe II - Olive Oil and Lemon Juice


  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice


  • Combine 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle. For example, 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
  • Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture.
  • Wipe dry with another cloth.
  • Make fresh for each use as it can go rancid.

Tips and Warnings for Homemade Furniture Polish

  • Do not reuse spray bottles that have contained other chemicals. While vinegar and lemon juice are natural food products, they are acids that could combine with residues of other products in unpleasant ways. You don't want to spray your furniture with that!
  • Label the spray bottle or container with what is inside and the date that you made it. You don't want mystery bottles, jars or plastic containers in your pantry or under the sink.
  • Shake before each use to recombine ingredients. Just like salad dressing, the oil and lemon juice will separate.
  • Cheap olive oil works just as well as more expensive grades. This is also a good use for olive oil that is getting old or was shoved to the back of the cupboard. It may not taste great in your food, but it can polish your furniture.
  • These ingredients should be safe around children and pets, but it is always best to store spray bottles and cleaning products securely. You don't want to encourage them to play with any cleaning product. The next one might not be so benign.