I remember dusting for my mom with a can of Pledge and a rag back in the day. Then I went to college where money was tight. There was no way I was going to fork out money for Pledge when I could use it toward much-needed food or not-really-needed but oh-so-wanted clothing! So I used a spray bottle filled with water and an old rag. I've come a long way since then. Now I dust the house with my handy dandy microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are magic! They attract dust like no-other so dusting has never been simpler.
I had dusting under control but one day I noticed my newish dining room table was looking a bit dry. I needed some furniture polish. Finances are better since the college days but store-bought furniture polish is usually full of toxic and unnecessary chemicals. So I scoured the Internet looking for recipes until I found this simple one. I always have these ingredients on hand so I gave it a whirl. I've been using it for about a year now and love the results.
One Batch of
Homemade Furniture Polish
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
Put ingredients in a container with a lid. Shake vigorously to get thoroughly mixed. I just dip my rag or paper towel in the container and wipe the surface of the wood. A little goes a long way. If you use too much, your furniture might feel a little greasy until it is absorbed.
The oil keeps the wood from drying out while the lemon juice/vinegar pulls dirt from the wood. Since I don't polish my wood furniture very often and the furniture polish can spoil, I make just enough for that day. I've made it both ways, with vinegar and with lemon juice. The lemon juice concoction smells better of course, but the vinegar is cheaper and comes in handy when I don't have a lemon on hand. My kitchen table has never looked better.
Do you have any wood cleaning tips or a favorite wood polishing recipe to share?
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