This is a guest post written by professionals from Home Cleaners Hanwell.
Most conventional hardwood furniture polishes are loaded with dangerous chemicals, which pollute the indoor air and the environment. This calls for preparing your own furniture polish, which doesn’t include any harmful ingredients. Check out one effective, natural and frugal furniture polish recipe.
Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe
Things you’ll need:
Mix all liquid ingredients (vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice/oil) into a clean squirt bottle using a funnel. Shake well the bottle so that the ingredients can blend. Your DIY furniture polish is ready to use.
When you start cleaning, just add polish on a clean rag or microfiber cloth. Don’t apply directly onto the furniture! Rub gently and make sure to distribute the polish evenly. If necessary, use another clean cloth to remove excess mixture. Rinse well.
About the Ingredients
Oils: The best furniture lubricant are oils. Of all oil products, so far olive oil has proved to be the most effective. It also has the longest shelf life. The reason that oils are so important when it comes to furniture polish is that they add moisture to the wood and prevent cracks. Other products you can go for are liquid wax and jojoba oil.
Vinegar: Yet one of the most effective polishes is distilled white vinegar. It is all-natural and safe. In addition, it can be used as a multi-purpose cleaner around the house.
Lemon oil or juice: The best thing about lemons is that they have antibacterial and antiseptic properties which makes them great cleansers and polishes. A few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or lemon oil will make a huge difference during polishing.
What Other Ingredients You Can Use
Mayonnaise: No, you didn’t misread this. It really says mayonnaise. Believe it or not, the white creamy sauce that you use in addition to your meals can serve a different purpose. Due to its ingredients, it can make a good furniture polish. Squirt a small amount of mayo on a clean rag and rub your wooden furniture. The oil and eggs will work their magic. Soon your furniture will be shinier than ever. But if you don’t like the smell of mayo all over your sofa and chairs, perhaps you should stick to the other methods.
Black tea: A few bags of the refreshing liquid can restore the shine to your furniture, thanks to the tannic acid, which gets rid of residue. Just fill a kettle with water and let it come to full boil. Then pour water over three to four black tea bags and let sit for five minutes. Remove the bags and allow the water to cool. Next, soak a clean rag into the solution. Squeeze the excess liquid. Rub the furniture. There is no need to rinse.
• Some people suggest using mineral oil in place of olive oil. However, if you are looking for a more nature-friendly way to polish your wood furniture, you should steer clear of mineral oil. Although it is plant-based, it is claimed to be harmful for people (especially if used on the skin).
• If you want to fix scratches, use walnuts. Just break one fruit in half (you know how oily it is) and rub it against the affected area. The scratch should disappear in a few minutes. Don’t forget to test it in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises. Generally, this method should work on all types of varnished wood.
• When you complete the job, store the remaining polish in the fridge.
We hope the information here has been of help to you. What other natural ingredients do you use as a hardwood furniture polish, if any?
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