Eco Wood Polish (Just 2 Ingredients!)

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
3 Materials
10 Minutes
I'm always looking for great eco cleaning products that are cheap, easy to use, and non toxic, and this homemade cleaner is the best furniture polish I have ever used. It's made out of liquid (fractionated) coconut oil and lemon juice.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials
I used liquid coconut oil and bottled lemon juice. The coconut oil is refined in a way so that it will never go rancid. I found lots of people online that just used olive oil, but i'm a big fan of fractionated coconut oil. Step 2: Mix Your Lemon Juice and Coconut Oil
I poured 1 cup of lemon juice and 1.5 cups of coconut oil into a bowl, but pouring them into a bottle that you could close and use later on is also a good idea. Step 3: Dip Your Cloth into the Polish
Make sure to dip the cloth through both the oil and the juice, as they will separate. If you put your polish into a jar, just give it a good shake before using it.
This table has been used for art projects by a bunch of kids and needed some love. Step 4: Wipe Your Wood Surface
Now, gust go over any nicked areas or stains. A quick wipe has your wood looking great again!
Feel free to let it sit and do an extra coat if your wood is really looking dull.
Not only is this quick and eco-friendly, it will leave your surfaces with a nice, fresh scent. Isn't this just the best cleaner for wood?!?!
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  • Steph Steph on Mar 19, 2021

    Can you use melted (regular, non fractionated) ) coconut oil?

  • Ellen Ellen on Mar 19, 2021

    Does coconut oil smell like coconut? This is important because the smell of coconut makes me gag. Thanks

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 21, 2021

    What can I use if I have no lemon or coconut

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  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 19, 2021

    Any veggie oil works-----coconut oil is very pricey.

    • Greg Scholl Greg Scholl on Feb 17, 2022

      DON'T put ANY veggie, Olive, Coconut, Mineral oil, (lemon oil is just mineral oil with fragrance), on finished furniture!! These are NON drying oils, some do go rancid, can actually attract insects, and contribute to mold growth, and they will definitely build up into a smeary mess over time. Refined Coconut oil or Mineral oil can be used on a cutting board or wooden utensils (WITHOUT a finish), but there are better products like my favorite, Beekeepers Friend, Boos Block oil, or Howards Cutting Board Oil, which is Beeswax and mineral Oil mix, Mahoney's Pure Walnut oil, etc....Also Vinegar is ACETIC ACID, and can breakdown a finish, and combined with an oil will set you up for a maintenance headache, even leading to shortening the life of your finish, and proper refinishing is expensive. Used Motor oil would look fantastic on wood, BUT that does NOT mean it's a correct thing to do! Paste wax is a correct treatment for finished wood,(it's vailable in colors), or an oil based furniture polish with NO silicones like Guardsman or Weimans, that's designed for furniture. Also Pledge contains Silicone!..One of the worst things to saturate your furniture with!

      When Professionals talk about an "Oil" finish, we're talking about Polymerized, drying oils, like Boiled Linseed,(NOT Raw) Tung Oils, Polymerized Hemp and other plant based but Polymerized Oils, Danish Oil, they are an actual hardening, Oil finish....and are not typically a maintenance item, unless applied YEARLY, or Semi YEARLY..

      I am a Woodworker and furniture restorer of 35+ years, and know a thing or three about this topic! ...And I see SO many misinformed people recommending smearing all manner of oil over your furniture. NO NO NO. There are HUNDREDS of years of science, materials, and techniques that are suitable and correct for maintaining your finished furniture ( and many different finishes to maintain depending on age, origination, and construction.. but 95% of factory produced furniture in the last 120 years is finished with Lacquer)

  • Patty Patty on Mar 19, 2021

    Thank you for the recipe!