A DIY wood furniture polish?? Yes! If you’ve ever found yourself coughing and rubbing your eyes while polishing wooden furniture, this essential oil recipe is for you. The chemicals in store-bought furniture polish may be causing your coughing! Some common ingredients in commercial furniture polish are known to cause respiratory tract, skin, and eye irritation. If the polish is in an aerosol can, the tiny airborne particles are easily inhaled or absorbed through the skin and into your bloodstream.
While all ingredients are not always listed on the container, many polishes contain some nasty ingredients:
- Petroleum Distillates – highly flammable chemicals that have been linked to skin and lung cancer.
- Nitrobenzene – a carcinogen that easily absorbs into the skin, a reproductive toxin and central nervous system toxin.
- Phenol – a carcinogen and severe skin irritant that can affect the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys.
- Neurotoxins – like propane, butane gas, aliphatic naphtha, white mineral oil, and turpentine.
- Morpholine – a flammable substance that is a severe irritant and may cause kidney damage.
- Synthetic Fragrances – 95% come from petroleum products (crude oil) and include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.
In short, furniture polish pollutes the air with toxic chemicals and can harm your health.
So, what do you do if your wood furniture is starting to look dull and lifeless? Here’s a DIY recipe to make you own safe and eco-friendly essential oil wood polish.
DIY Wood Furniture Polish Recipe
Bring back the shine to your favorite tables, countertops, floors, and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish using essential oils.
- ¼ cup olive oil (can use Jojoba Oil)
- ¼ cup vinegar (use white vinegar if you have concerns about staining; Apple Cider is good for dark wood)
- 10 drops doTERRA essential oil (use Wild Orange, Arborvitae, or Lemon)
- 6oz Glass Spray Bottle
- Add olive oil and vinegar to glass spray bottle.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil.
- Shake well before each use. (The vinegar and olive oil will separate naturally.)
- Spray onto a microfiber cloth.
- Wipe damp cloth over wood surfaces to clean.
- Repeat every 2–3 months or as often as needed.
If the surface feels sticky or wet, wipe with a dry cloth to remove the excess liquid.
This solution will keep for quite a while if you store in a cool, dark place. If using olive oil, check the expiration date on the bottle and label your DIY mixture with the same date to avoid the possibility of the oil turning rancid.
Wood furniture is an investment, and it is important to take care of it. Although polishing wood furniture should only be done every two-to-three months, it is important to continually keep them clean by dusting it or wiping it with a damp, wet microfiber cloth.