Brighten up the wood around your home with homemade furniture polish, without having to purchase more cleaning products. This is a very green way to take care of your home, keep cupboard space for the items that need it, and save money.
Olive oil can be used for the wood in your home to prevent drying out instead of purchasing waxy furniture polish. For a nice smell, add a drop of lemon oil. Lemon oil can be purchased at your local health food store for around $4, and it lasts a long time. Olive oil is considered to be expensive, although there are a couple of generic brands found at money-saver-stores that are finally selling cheaper. Also, keep in mind that grape seed oil is similar to olive oil, but less expensive.
Gently massage the homemade oil mixture in to the wood, and watch as the wood soaks up the moisture. On really dry wood you may need several coats. I have a wooden couch that just drinks up the oil, and looks fantastic afterward…but I have to use 2-3 thick coats on it. This is the best homemade furniture oil I have come across.
I recently purchased a cedar chest at an auction sale for $40. It was from the 1950’s, and is made of all wood, no padding on the top. It is in decent shape, not perfect, but didn’t look dry. I used olive oil on it anyway, and I cannot believe how the grain of the blonde portions of the wood just shine. They are illuminated in the least, little bit of light thrown on the cedar chest.
I have heard that olive oil only works if the wood was originally treated with an oil finish, but I am very unsure of whether or not this is true. If anyone has any information regarding this topic, please feel free to share, if you are so inclined to. Thanks for reading today!