When we want to clean wooden furniture, bring it back to life and regain its shine, we find many offers of different products, but not all of them are effective, and most importantly, they leave toxins in your home that it is better to avoid.
Luckily, there are homemade, healthier and more ecological alternatives that you can prepare very easily.
The only thing you should take into account this alternative will only work with natural and noble woods, not with those that are made with conglomerates and covered with paint or lacquer to give them a unified color.
So how to polish and seal wooden furniture with natural ingredients?
To polish and seal natural, raw wood furniture, without varnish, the best is beeswax and olive oil.
The beeswax will serve to polish and seal the wood. It does not add much brightness, nor does it darken, but it protects the furniture.
Olive oil will be the natural product that provides the moisture that the wood needs so that it does not dry out. It will also protect and shine it.
- 1/2 cup of beeswax.
- 1 1/2 cups of olive oil.
- 2 drops of an essential oil of your choice (lemon, orange, lavender ...).
- 1 airtight jar to store the mixture.
- 1 soft cloth.
- 1 lint-free cloth.
- 1 saucepan.
- 1 bowl.
Put the wax in a metal bowl or tin that you must then put into a saucepan with a little water to put it in a water bath.
Once the wax has melted, add the olive oil and stir carefully so that it mixes well with the wax.
Finally, the essential oil of your choice is added and stirred to homogenize the mixture.
Once everything is well mixed, it is placed in a container that can be hermetically closed, such as a can or jar.
Before polishing your wooden furniture, make sure to clean its surface with a damp cloth to remove any stains and dry thoroughly afterwards.
To polish your wooden furniture, first remove the dust with a dry cloth and then place a little of the preparation on a soft, clean cloth to spread it on the surface of the furniture with gentle circular movements.
Once the wood has absorbed the preparation and is dry, it can be polished with another soft, lint-free cloth in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
- 1.- Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with a spoon of lemon juice (or more if you have a lot of wooden furniture - the amount is always two parts of olive oil to one of lemon juice)
- 2.- Put the mixture in a sprayer and shake very well
- 3.- Spray on the wood and leave for two minutes
- 4.- Clean with a dry cloth
We can also use white wine vinegar instead of lemon juice.
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