Homemade Wood Furniture Polish

June 21, 2012

This homemade wood furniture polish is really simple, inexpensive, and effective. It will make your furniture look incredible.

Homemade Wood Furniture Polish

This natural homemade wood furniture polish is really effective and takes seconds to make.

I have used this natural wood furniture polish a lot and love it.

I have also added some wood furniture cleaning and restoring tips that we used as well. These tips are nothing new. They are recipes my mum has been using for years. But I wanted to share them for those of you who have not tried making your own furniture polish.

If you make another homemade wood furniture polish, please share the recipe in the comments.

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Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

Your feedback is really important to me, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Homemade Wood Furniture Polish

This homemade natural wood furniture polish is easy to make, simple, inexpensive, and effective. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Tess Masters


to polish:

to clean:

to restore:


  1. To make the wood polish, hake in a glass jar and apply with a very soft cloth to naturally clean and polish hard wood furniture. You only need a little bit.
  2. To make the wood cleaner, use a soft cloth to wipe down wooden furniture and give it a good cleaning before polishing and restoring.
  3. To make the wood restorer, mix together and use a soft cloth to restore wood furniture.
  4. To use the water-spot remover, rub to remove marks with the grain. Wipe off with a soft cloth.

Recipe Notes

To remove condensation:
Mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 59

  1. Will definitely be using this method from now on! Thanks for the great tip. Is it safe to use a damp cloth containing water and eculaptus oil on my wooden furniture?

    1. Pleasure. I have absolutely used diluted eucalyptus oil to wipe down some wooden furniture. But I have not used it to clean valuable antiques. I would always test a tiny back area before slathering it on the whole piece just to make sure on some surfaces. But it should be fine.

  2. Would this clean the normal buildup of cooking grease, wax, etc from kitchen cabinets, or do I need to deep clean them and follow with this as a polish? My mother has maple and I have dark cherry cabinets that we’re trying to restore.
    Thank you for any advice you might give us!

    1. I would always wash /clean any greasy build up before polishing. Always test a small part of any surface (the least visible) before smearing over the entire surface.

  3. Does anyone know if I can substitute the olive oil with soybean oil? Its all I have access to at the moment. Thank you for your input.

    1. The vinegar and oil solution and the vinegar and water keeps. But, the fresh lemon juice needs to be used within a few days for the best results. I make it in a batch and polish all of my furniture in one hit.

  4. Apart from the environmental benefits from these cleaning products, the other benefit is they are so much cheaper. I am all for eco friendly cleaning materials. I like it a lot. I’ve got pets so this is really important to me. Thanks for this article.
    Best regards! Preston Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  5. Question! 😉 I’m curious as to how long this keeps? And how to store. I made both the polish and cleaner and LOVE it. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. The cleaner will keep for months. The polish won’t really be good past a week because of the fresh lemon juice. I keep that one in the fridge. I need to revise this post. Thankyou for the prompt.

  6. Would this work to clean the sticky grim on kitchen cabinets or do you have something else to suggest? I don’t want to have to refinish them, or use something that is harsh enough to remove the finish or sealant. Also I need something for removing smoke film from furniture. Would this work?

    1. I use equal parts apple cider vinegar and linseed oil. Rub on with a steel wool pad000. You can also use a steel pad0000. Wash down with a mild dish detergent. Your cabinets will look brand new.

  7. I’m restoring an old wooden trunk, can i use coconut oil instead of flaxseed oil? And what would you recommend using as a selant to Protect my trunk from water after i restore it? definitely want to keep the integrity of the wood and lettering that’s stamped on it.

    1. You can absolutely use coconut oil for polishing wood. I find it get better results with flax oil. But, every surface is different. Test a very small section that can’t be seen to test which is going to be most effective. With regards to a sealant, try this: Melt 1/2 cup of grated beeswax with 1 1/2 cups olive oil. I hope this helps.

  8. What I do with lemons is that I juice them and freeze using an ice cube container. Once frozen I place them in a closed container in the freezer. Then I just thaw the cubes I need for whatever I am preparing.

  9. I used your furniture restore recipe and was most impressed with the results. I only discovered your blog by accident and am greatful that I did. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed your Aussie adventure

  10. I should probably polish my wood furniture more often. I only do it when I am very bored, which doesn’t happen much. Good for me, bad for my wood!

  11. OMG. Please people, stop the save the whales party, and just go a get a can of pledge. Its cheaper, and much more effective and we dont have to hold hands around the bon fire and sing kumbiya.

  12. Hi! Super happy I came across this article. Was just wondering, based on your knowledge, would it damage my wooden tables if I were to clean/polish it twice a week? Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. It depends on the wood. Always test a tiny piece in a place on the furniture at the back or at the bottom before polishing the entire piece that often. I would think it would be absolutely fine. But, I don’t want to say yes, as there are so many variables, and I wouldn’t want you to ruin anything.

  13. I have been making a similar wood cleaner (1c. water, 1c vinegar, 1Tbs olive oil, 1Tbs Dawn) and using it for months. It works great. However, I notice that now the finish is coming off of my wooden kitchen table. What do you think is causing this? The vinegar?

  14. Thank you for your site. We had used a commercial oil for polishing and it left a grimy film on my Jarah indoor furniture. Reading your post helped me have a go at undoing the mess. I cleaned with fine steel wool and then applied the coconut oil on one piece off furniture. This looks sensational. Can you please explain why the lemon is necessary.

  15. This has multiple uses make the polish. It lasts forever. And the vinegar ,oil,and lemon juice are used for cooking ect. BAM! David!! Kumbiya! My friend!!

  16. David, I grew up with Pledge and love the smell of it, but I have asthma and can’t breathe if it’s used when I’m in the room, and it gets a film on everything. Enjoy that childhood memory, though!

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