Essential Oil Wood Cleaner and Polish
I created this video for my Natural Living & Survival blog and since it uses essential oils I believe it might be useful to readers of this blog as well. The essential oils used in this wood cleaner recipe are mostly for fragrance, but they will give your home a fresh clean scent when used to clean your wood.
Essential Oil Wood Cleaner and Polish Recipe
This essential oil wood cleaner and polish is easy for the do-it-yourselfer to make in a couple of minutes.
- 1 Cup Distilled Water
- 1/4 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Fractionated Coconut, etc.)
- 10 drops essential oil (Sweet Orange, Lemon, Cypress, Cedarwood, etc.) Buy essential oils here.
Combine all ingredients and place into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before each use to remix the ingredients. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe and polish the wood. You can spray directly onto the wood, or spray on the microfiber cloth and wipe onto the wood.
When you want to live green and avoid using chemical cleaners this essential oil wood cleaner and polish is a great way to start. It’s easy to make in just a few minutes and will last a long time if you use a dark spray bottle and keep it in a storage area away from light.
How It Works
White vinegar, also known as acetic acid, is a great cleaning agent. When you dilute white vinegar with water you get a very mildly acidic cleaning solution. This solution works great for cleaning all your wood such as furniture, cabinets, and floors. However, you should not use vinegar for cleaning granite and other natural stone around the house.
Adding an oil such as the grapeseed oil used in the video helps to polish and feed the wood. You can use other natural oils you have around the house such as olive oil, or another carrier oil such as sweet almond oil.
The essential oils used in this mixture are used more as a fragrance to give your home a naturally fresh and clean scent. Using citrus oils like sweet orange or another citrus scented oil will give your home that naturally clean smell. You may also want to try some of the wood essential oils too, such as cypress or cedarwood.
Try making this essential oil wood cleaner and polish and let me know in the comments how it works for you.