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DIY Organic Wood Waxes and Polishes

Taking care of wood furniture and flooring is essential, but you have to be careful when shopping for waxes and polishes. Some of the products we buy everyday at stores to take care of wood contain unnecessary chemicals. What better way to get rid of these harmful ingredients than to make the products yourself? Keep reading to get our best recipes on taking care of wood with materials you already have at home!

Polishes

For the simple lemon homemade furniture polish recipe, and a few other useful ways to use lemon juice around the house, check out this post

Homemade Beeswax Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces of walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon melted beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon linseed oil
  • 2 drops citrus essential oil

Directions: Mix the ingredients and apply a light layer using a dusting cloth.

Vinegar And Oil Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts olive oil
  • 1 part distilled white vinegar

Directions: Mix the ingredients and apply a light layer using a dusting cloth. This polish also cleans your furniture (because of the vinegar), so it should be used less often than the other polish recipes.

Waxes

How to make base oil (for later recipes)

Wood Floor Wax

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup base oil
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1.5 oz grated beeswax
  • 2 oz carnauba wax (place in plastic bag and gently tap with hammer to pulverize)
  • 20 drops of essential oil of lavender

Directions: Place the base oil and waxes in the top of a double boiler and place over the bottom portion of the double boiler to which water is already added and is at a simmer. Stir gently at a low heat until all waxes have been dissolved; remove from heat and blend vodka and essential oil in it. Pour into a heat resistant container; allow hardening, and using a rag to rub into wood.

Lavender Furniture Wax

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz grated beeswax
  • 1 Tbs carnauba wax
  • 1.5 cup mineral spirits
  • 20 drops essential oil of lavender

Directions: Melt waxes in top of double boiler, let cool for 30 seconds, add mineral spirits and oil, stir well and place in container.

Sources: Homemade beeswax furniture polish, vinegar and oil furniture polish, base oil, wood floor wax, and lavender furniture wax.

We hope these recipes help you take care of your wood furniture and flooring! If you have any homemade wood care recipes, share with us on our Facebook page!

Posted by Kalei Munsell

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