DIY Mixture to Restore Dry Wood

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I've written about this easy homemade solution to restore dry wood once before here at Hometalk, but I recently did project #2 and thought it was worth sharing too! I have a little wooden basket that I use in my bathroom to keep things organized. But because it's in the bathroom it's prone to getting water splashed on it which had taken its toll on the finish over the years.
My homemade fix is to make a mixture of equal parts mayonnaise, lemon juice, and olive oil.
When you rub this mixture onto dry wood, it really does a great job of moisturizing it, hiding water spots, and just making it look like new again. Here's a "Before" picture of the dried out wood on my little basket . . .
And here's an "After" picture showing the improvement.
So if you've got some tired looking dried out wooden items in your home, some mayo, lemon juice, and olive oil (which you probably already have around the house anyway) might just do the trick to give it new life.


To learn more about this recipe and see more photos of this project, you can click on the link below to read my complete blog post.
Bev @ The Make Your Own Zone
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  • Mar15019346 Mar15019346 on Sep 04, 2018

    After the wood is retored can it be painted? Or is it too oily?

  • Lael Lael on Sep 25, 2018

    Have you ever tried this with antique furniture that has been neglected?

  • Brenda Brenda on Jan 07, 2023

    "a little goes a long way" does this statement hold true to this "ointment"? I would like to do the window sills

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  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Mar 24, 2015
    @Bev @ The Make Your Own Zone sounds simple enough and I have just the item that would benefit from this method. Thanks for sharing.

  • Julie Cassidy Julie Cassidy on Jul 16, 2017
    My mom used to use mayo with warm towels on my hair to moisturize. I'm going to try this on my solid wood interior doors

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    • Joanie Joanie on Mar 03, 2018

      I HAD a s.i.law that used Mayo on her hair.......SHE did have beautiful thick hair......a personality, NO!!!

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