Lavender Furniture Polish

I use lavender furniture polish because it's easy to make, smells great, but best of all it's safe.

Regular furniture polish you buy in the store is really bad news. If it contains phenol you should stay clear of it. Phenol causes cancer. Of it gets on your skin it can cause your skin to burn and peel. If swallowed it can cause the circulatory system to collapse, coma, seizures, and death. And to think this is used around little children and in a closed up building.

Another chemical that is often found in furniture polish is nitrobenzene. This toxic chemical is absorbed by the skin. If it gets on the skin it can cause breathing problems, vomiting, birth defects, heart, liver, and kidney problems. It causes central nervous system problems, cancer and death. Thats just a couple of the bad things that furniture polish contains.

I remember when I was little my mom told me to polish the furniture. It was a kind that you dipped the rag into a jar and rubbed the furniture. Of course there was no way to do this without getting some on the hands. I spilled some wax on the floor. I knew my Mom wouldn't be happy with me if I wasted it, so I left it on the floor and kept going back and dipping my rag into the spilled polish. That darn polish took all the varnish off of the floor where it had spilled! I shudder to think what that was doing to my small child body.

Here are some natural lavender furniture polish recipes that are safe and very easy to make and it's so much cheaper! They can have essential oils in them if you want or are fine without. I like to put lavender essential oil in mine, (surprise, surprise) but use whatever kind you like. Basically you can use any kind of oil to make homemade furniture polish. You can use a light olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, jojoba, or whatever. Olive oil and jojoba stay fresher longer. Some people use linseed oil. I never have because I dislike the smell of linseed oil. You can even use mayonnaise to polish your furniture. Don't worry the smell leaves after a few minutes.

Lavender Furniture Polish #1
I love the smell of this one. I use unrefined coconut oil. It's solid until it gets warm and then melts in your hand. Take a small amount of coconut oil in a small bowl and add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to it. I like to rub this on my freshly dusted furniture with my bare hands. It smells so yummy and softens my hands at the same time. If I have any left, I rub it on my legs or arms. You can't do that with regular furniture polish!

Hint Lemon juice or white vinegar brings up dirt from your furniture and the oil enriches the wood. A heavy polish would be using up to three times as much oil as vinegar or lemon juice. This is good for clean wood. For a lighter polish you want use up to three times as much vinegar or lemon juice to oil. Or try something in between. Vinegar can dissolve the pre-existing wax on furniture.

Lavender Furniture Polish #2
Mix together
1/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 or 2 drops lavender essential oil or oil of your choice.
Dab a soft rag into the solution and rub your furniture to make it shine.

Lavender Furniture Polish #3
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon oil
1 drop of lavender essential oil

Lavender Furniture Polish #4
3 parts oil
1 part vinegar
1 drop lavender essential oil

Lavender Furniture Polish #5
This one is good for oak furniture.
Boil together
one quart of beer
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons beeswax
3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Cool, then wipe onto your furniture. Let this dry. Polish with a soft cloth.

Lavender Furniture Polish #6
1 part walnut oil
1 part lemon juice
lavender essential oil
Put ingredients in a jar, shake well and with a nice soft cotton cloth wipe on your furniture and polish.

Lavender Furniture Polish #7
1/4 cup of vinegar
1 tablespoon oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

Hint
When using lemon juice, only make as much polish as you can use at one time. It also is a lightener and may lighten your wood.

Lavender Furniture Polish Cream
2 ounces olive oil
2 ounces coconut oil
1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce carnauba wax
4 ounces distilled water
5 drops lavender essential oil
Makes 1 and 1/4 cup

Melt over medium heat in a double boiler the oils and waxes. Remove from the heat and mix in the water with a hand mixer until it becomes thick and creamy. If you use a blender you will have to put the water in the blender first. Then drizzle in the oil combination. If you want you can add a preservative like 1/3 teaspoon grapefruit seed extract, 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder, or 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil. Store in a jar. To use just dab some on a rag and buff into furniture until the oils are worked in well. The shelf life is about 6 months.

Here are some other problems with furniture and how to solve them safely.

Candle Wax can be removed from furniture by using a hair dryer to soften the wax. Then wipe it up with a cloth.

Stains or Cup Rings usually can be removed by rubbing the spot with nut oil, vegetable glycerine or even the meaty part of a nut. If this doesn't work you can try rubbing the spot gently with baking soda, or white toothpaste. Use your finger to do the rubbing.

If these don't work try this natural furniture stain removal mixing
1 tablespoon of beeswax
1/2 cup olive oil or almond oil
Heat gently until blended. let it cool and then rub it into the stained area.
Buff with a vinegar dabbed rag.

Scratches can be covered up with rubbing it with a crayon the same color as the wood. A felt pen or acrylic craft paint also works. I did this with a antique Chinese coffee table I bought at Ebay. It had a piece broke off of it and some scratches on it when it arrived. I glued it back together and fixed the scratches. My husband came home from work and was amazed at what good condition it was in. ( I hope he doesn't read this.)

Scorch Marks sometimes can be repaired with the finest grade steel wool rubbed gently on the area. Wipe off with a vinegar dampened cloth.

Polish or Wax Removal Use a strong vinegar , water solution, saturate and rub hard.

Dirty Wood like woodwork can be cleaned with a solution made of 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and 1 cup of warm water. Spray on and let dry. Wipe off

Butcher Block Care Pour straight vinegar on the wood and scrub, then rinse. A couple drops of lavender essential oil in the vinegar will help kill germs. Or scrub the butcher block with baking soda and a damp rag. This will help deodorize it.

I hope you find this helpful. It sure makes polishing more fun! Be well and enjoy. :)

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