This DIY All Natural Wood Cleaner is just three ingredients and works like a charm. Simple, effective cleaning for a healthier home.
When I first began my search to make my own natural cleaners, I was weary of the effectiveness of them. Furthermore, I didn’t want them damaging or leaving a terrible residue on my antique furniture. The wood in our home is mostly from antique stores or precious family heirlooms that I hope to preserve for my daughter.
My grandmother’s bookshelf is an item that is irreplaceable to me and one that came to me in great condition. The thought of spraying something damaging on the surface or creating a dull shine was worrisome. As with anything you take your chances. If you have something of special value to you, make sure you test in an inconspicuous area before fully diving in. For me, this little concoction is a wonder. I hope you find it to be the same.
What I Love About This Cleaner
All throughout our home, I have different pieces of wood furniture. I love the texture of older pieces especially. The way they bring an old-world essence to the space they are housed in. With all the wood, I do tend to have to do more dusting than I care to. As we live in an agricultural town on the outskirts where the orchards almost begin.
Having the windows open so often, and allowing that sunshine to spill into our home. Those dusty little bits become so present. I find this cleaner easy to make on the spot and it leaves a nice shine to the wood. Yet it is effective at picking up all those little tiny particles that collect so easily. I love the simplicity of such a cleaning product recipe. Using all things easy enough to keep on hand. In short, it is an effective affordable natural, and safe wood cleaner. What is not to love?
What You Will Need To Make It
1/4 cup distilled vinegar
1/4 olive oil
12 drops of lemon essential
In a bowl combine the vinegar, olive oil, and essential oil. Stir well to make sure it combines completely. Use a funnel to pour the cleaning solution into a mason or storage jar.
Prior to each use, make sure to shake vigorously ensuring that the mixture is properly combined.
How To Use
You will use this spray just as you would your pledge or any other wood cleaner you have used in the past. Spray on your towel and wipe the wood down.
Where to Store
This should be stored in a cool dry place such as a cleaning cabinet or hall closet. If stored properly this DIY natural wood cleaner should last for up to 6. Note that since we are adding essential oil to the cleaner, they may go rancid after this period. Be sure to do a smell check before using if the cleaner has been stored for a long period.
Why Use Natural Cleaners?
It is not a secret that most, if not, all of our store shelf cleaners are made up of toxins. Chemicals, and harsh detergents not only omit unhealthy particles into the air we breathe. But also leave behind a residue of them on our furniture, bedding, etc.
Each time we spray these types of cleaners we are inviting more of them into our homes. Using natural cleaners is a way to combat this issue and bring about a healthier environment in our homes. They are safe, effective, and simple to make and will give you peace of mind that you are doing something good for your space.
Lemon Essential Oil
The use of lemon essential oil in this recipe is not just for the lemony fresh smell it provides. But lemon essential oil acts as a natural disinfectant while helping to achieve a streak-free shine.
One of my very favorite things to keep in our home. Olive oil is not just for cooking but also for skin care and cleaning. Yes, cleaning! Olive oil works to bring out the wood’s natural shine and helps nourish the wood.
Vinegar is quite underrated. This workhorse of a cleaning product can be used anywhere in the house and helps to clean without the need for heavy scrubbing. The use of vinegar in this natural cleaner is to allow the sanitation and proper cleaning of the wood. Leaving behind a clean, sanitary, and polished surface.
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What is the shelf life for this?
If stored in a proper container in a cool dry place this cleaning solution should have about a year shelf life. This will also depend on the quality of olive oil you use and its age of it. Throw out any solutions that smell rancid or you think have gone bad.
Can I use other essential oils for this?
Yes! Sweet orange is a great one to sub out. I have also used a citrus blend as well. During the winter months, I have added a bit of pine to mine to create that pine fresh wintery smell. I do still add about 6 drops of lemon for the cleaning power when adding in an extra few drops of pine.
If you try this recipe and love it, I would appreciate you coming back to give it 5 stars!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 distilled white vinegar
- 12 drops of lemon essential oil
- In a bowl combine the vinegar, olive oil and essential oil.
- Stir well with a fork to make sure it combines completely.
- Use a funnel to pour the cleaning solution in.
- **Prior to each use, make sure to shake vigorously ensuring that the mixture is properly combined.
Store in a dark glass spray bottle or mason jar
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