Ditch store-bought cleaners! This homemade furniture polish, wood polish and dusting spray is easy to make, affordable and super effective. It’s made with vinegar, olive oil, Castile soap plus essential oils to safely clean your home. And all for just $3.14 a bottle!
UPDATE: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated in 2023 to reflect new information and helpful content.
We're back with another DIY Natural Cleaning Recipe!
This time, we're whipping up a dust, wood polish and furniture spray that might as well be salad dressing–oil, as vinegar and citrus are the main ingredients. This is one cleaning product that's good enough to eat. 😉
Of course, I'm not recommending you actually eat this wood cleaner spray (come on, people!), but doesn't it make you feel good to know that it's so safe you could actually serve it to your family for dinner?!
Why make your own homemade furniture and wood polish?
Okay, if you've been following along for a while, you surely know by now why you should make your own cleaning products.
But in case you're new or you've forgotten or you need yet another reminder, check out this story I wrote for The TODAY Show about why DIY Homemade cleaning products are infinitely better than toxic, expensive store-bought cleaners.
Of course, safety and health are the number one reasons to make your own cleaners, but I have to say that one of the more practical and tangible reasons I've stuck with DIY cleaning is because the savings are UNREAL!
You're basically getting paid to clean your house at this point. 😉
This homemade furniture cleaning spray and wood polish recipe is no different. The entire bottle cost me a mere $3.14 to make, compared to store-bought cleaners, which average around $8-12 per bottle. Take a look:
- olive oil (I paid $17 for 68 ounces at Costco, but I only used 8 ounces = $2)
- white vinegar (I paid $11.67 for 128 ounces, but I only used 8 ounces = $0.72)
- castile soap (I paid $20 for 30 ounces, but I only used .16 ounces = $0.11)
- citrus essential oils (I paid $3.95 for .25 ounces, but I only used .02 ounces = $0.31)
Total cost = $3.14
THE TRUTH: TOXIC WOOD CLEANER SPRAY + FURNITURE POLISH
Sometimes I get looks from my friends and family when I start talking about toxic products. You know the look–it's a combo of disinterest, pity, condescension and, ultimately, incredulity as they pretend to listen to what I'm saying, while really thinking that I'm just some crazy hippie rambling on again about nonsense that's not backed by science.
Eh, Eh, Eh… the truth is there with hard facts and scientific studies to back up these claims of toxicity. Once I learned about how harmful these household products were, I simply couldn't keep my mouth shut.
Here's the proof: of the most popular store-bought furniture cleaners and dusting sprays on the market (that would be Pledge, Method, Old English, Swiffer and Bona), every single one of these products is rated an F (the most dangerous score) by the EWG. Check out this link where you will see almost 50% of the products tested got an F!
This is NOT good, friends–an F rating means the product contains significant hazards to health or the environment, and/or companies don’t disclose their full ingredients list, which is a HUGE RED FLAG. What are they trying to hide?
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Take a look at some of the most toxic ingredients found in the above furniture cleaners:
- Colors: Proven to cause cancer. Enough said.
- Preservatives: This unspecified ingredient may contain carcinogens like formaldehyde, an asthmagen that also causes severe skin burns and eye damage, allergic skin reactions and is harmful to sea life.
- Methylisothiazolinone: Trying to pronounce this ingredient is scary enough. Lest you forget the preservative is also an allergen causing skin and respiratory irritation. And lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that it may be neurotoxic.
- Film Former: This is another unspecified ingredient that is riddled with impurities, like Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane, which have potential for cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive harm, and damage to DNA.
A few other gems that can be found in these toxic dusting sprays, wood polishers, and furniture cleaners include C122-20 Isoparaffin (high risk of cancer), Petroleum Gases (yes, as in the fuel used in cars, which causes genetic defects and cancer) and fragrance, another hormone disruptor and asthmagen with links to skin irritation, allergies, nervous system defects and acute aquatic toxicity.
Fortunately, this DIY furniture and wood cleaner spray will have you cleaning all your dusty and dirty surfaces just as effectively (if not more!) without any of the negative side effects.
WHY YOU SHOULD USE A PROPER WOOD FURNITURE POLISH AND NOT AN ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
All purpose cleaners can stain and damage wood furniture, especially if the wood is untreated! See this article for why you shouldn't use all-purpose cleaner on wood and certain other surfaces.
Wood furniture polish is essential for maintaining the beauty and integrity of your wood furniture. When applied regularly, wood furniture polish will help clean and protect your wood from dirt, dust and other contaminants. It also helps to preserve your wood's natural oils and waxes, which are essential for keeping it looking beautiful. Polish also helps to repel water and moisture, which can damage wood over time. And if you're looking for an extra layer of protection, wood furniture polish can also be used as a sealer, providing a barrier against staining and other damage. With a little regular maintenance, your wood furniture will look great for years to come.
CLEANING TIPS FOR DIY FURNITURE POLISH
Alright, so here's the deal. Instead of loading up our cleaners with harmful chemicals, preservatives and toxins, we're keeping it really simple.
They'll be left shiny, the wood undamaged and nourished. And it's a great way to dust hard surfaces around your home.
ARE ESSENTIAL OIL SAFE TO USE ON WOOD SURFACES?
Generally speaking, the answer is yes! When used correctly, essential oils can be an effective way to clean and disinfect wood surfaces. However, it's important to remember that each type of wood can react differently to the oils, so it's best to do a spot test before using them on a large area.
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS ARE BEST FOR MAKING WOOD CLEANER SPRAY?
There are so many essential oils to choose from to make your own wood polish and wood cleaner sprays. It really comes down to personal preference. I usually recommend citrus essential oils, like lemon, orange or grapefruit. For fans of Pledge, you'll get a nearly identical smell from this cleaner!
Another reason to use essential oils in your wood polish is to protect them against mold and wood decay. Check out this interesting study on how plant essential oils are an environmentally-friendly way to fight against fungi on wood surfaces! They found that the most effective essential oils for making wood cleaner spray were lavender, lemongrass and thyme.
WHERE TO BUY ESSENTIAL OILS FOR FURNITURE POLISH + WOOD CLEANER SPRAY?
I love Plant Therapy, whose oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants, or dilutions. Their facility is USDA Certified Organic, and their prices are also SUPER reasonable! Get 10% off your order of $50 or more sitewide with the coupon code ROOT10!