Olive Oil-Lemon Furniture Polish

We have small children and I am more of a big picture type of mom. This means our house is not pristine, bits of paint frequently find themselves on the walls  and food crumbs are often hiding under kitchen chairs. I am realistic about our lifestyle so our furniture is not top quality; however I do try and take care of what we have. The children’s kitchen table and our dining table are made of wood with a dark stain. This past weekend I have been working on cleaning and polishing them up a bit. Olive oil and lemon make an excellent polish without giving off noxious fumes (unlike Old English furniture polish). It is super easy to make: 2 parts olive oil combined with 1 part lemon juice. You need only make as much as needed for the day of use; it does not keep well unless the mixture is refrigerated. I prefer to mix mine up in a small glass mason jar and use a clean rag to dab in the mixture and then polish until I am happy with the result. Keep a low quality olive oil and lemon juice on hand for these occasions; no need to spend a lot of money. Olive oil is a great thing to have on hand for polishing up wood and removing door creaks. Yes, I used olive oil on a creaky door a few years ago when no WD40 was on hand. Guess what? I have not had a single creak from the door since.

What You Need

  1. 2 parts olive oil (low quality is fine
  2. 1 part lemon juice (low quality is fine

What To Do

  1. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in a container on the day of use.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Dab a clean cloth in the mixture and polish to your heart’s content.
Kind of gross looking, but it works!