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Home made furniture polish and furniture oil
Making your own cleaning products can be very rewarding, you are going to be saving money and at the same time you know exactly what you are spreading around your home instead of harmful chemicals.
Here are a few recipes to make your own preparations for your wooden furniture.
Simple furniture polish
Mix 2 parts olive oil or cooking oil with 1 part lemon juice, use beeswax if possible instead of the oil it will smell lovely.
Another simple recipe for great furniture polish is using two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of vinegar and a quart of water in a spray bottle.
Lemony Furniture Oil
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp lemon essential oil
Mix well. Apply with a soft rag. Wipe and buff well to a gleaming shine.
2 ounces beeswax
1/2 pint turpentine
About 1/4 ounce Essential Oil
You need to blend the mixture together. So heat a pan of hot water and use a bowl that fits in it. Turpentine is flammable so you need to be careful. Grate up the beeswax and place in the bowl with the turpentine and heat till it all melts. Take off the heat and allow to cool. Just before it starts to harden add any essential oil that you fancy for a lovely aroma. You can use lavender or lemon or anything really. Once it has cooled down completely it will be like a thick cream. You will have to put a bit of effort in to get a shine, and after a couple of hours the smell of turpentine will diminish.
To make the above polish more manageable you can melt a table spoon of soap in 4 a cup of warm water and blend into the above mixture.
Furniture Polish II
To make your own furniture polish, use a 8 oz bottle of hair spray (pump king), a cup of lemon juice and four cups of water. Boil this mixture until about half has boiled away. Cool and put back into the spray bottle.
Mix equal parts of turpentine, Boiled linseed oil and vinegar, with some lemon oil. Wipe into wood and wipe off excess with a soft cloth. Be sure you are using BOILED linseed oil.