How To Make A Natural Wood Polish (It Will Save You A Fortune!)

How To Make A Natural Wood Polish (It Will Save You A Fortune!)

Have you noticed that supermarket furniture polishers aren't actually improving the shine on the wood in your home?  Or maybe you're fed up of the noxious fumes that aerosols produce?

It's been proven that commercial polishers leave a residue on the surface of your furniture, causing a build-up of product. There just bad news all around! Why not try a homemade, completely natural cleaner? 

Our homemade furniture polish is great for getting a real shine on your wood, without causing any damage. It has 4 ingredients: half a lemon, olive oil, vinegar and essential oils - we bet you have most of these already!

Give this recipe a go and save yourself a fortune.

Homemade natural wood polish recipe 

What you need: 

  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oils 


  1. Place a funnel in the neck of your chosen bottle to reduce spills.
  2. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the bottle. The funnel should catch all of the pips. 
  3. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil. 
  4. Pour in 2 cups of vinegar. 
  5. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. 
  6. Shake to combine the mixture. 
  7. Spray onto a microfibre cloth and buff onto furniture using circular motions. 

Lemon juice is perfect for cleaning furniture, with a low pH and antibacterial qualities. The combination of the juice and the lemon essential oils will produce a beautiful, clean aroma in your home. 

The olive oil will give the wood moisture while adding a beautiful polish, and vinegar is a natural disinfectant. 

WARNING: Always be cautious when using new products. This wood polish can be used on most furniture, but don't use on hardwood floors - it could damage the finish of the wood.

Always spot test a hidden portion of the furniture before using. 

Can you believe how easy this is? Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

Joanne A


Expert in finding beautiful solutions for small and rented spaces. Would happily spend the rest of my life shopping for homewares and watching Disney movies - I only wish I had Cinderella's army of mice to help me clean!

  1. Author Jane Ashby on May 8, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Could you use this on a lacquer box. It is fairly old, but I find using a little oil makes it shine.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 2, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      Hi Jane! Shining lacquer with oil can result in discolouration, a hazy or cloudy appearance, and loss of shine. Instead, it would be best to use a cleaner specifically designed for lacquer finishes to clean and maintain its appearance.


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