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Easy, All-Natural DIY: Homemade Furniture Polish

how to make furniture polish
Watch this video to see how easy it is to whip up your own homemade furniture polish.

If your wood furniture is looking dull and dingy, skip the chemical sprays and head to your pantry — chances are, you’ve already got everything you need to whip up a batch of DIY homemade furniture polish. This easy-to-make (and affordable!) all-natural solution is gentle on wood surfaces and also less toxic than those store-bought furniture sprays for allergy sufferers (or people who simply don’t want to bring chemicals into their apartment).

Watch the video from Trulia for a quick peek at the process, then read on for details or save the homemade furniture polish recipe and instructions to your Pinterest boards here. Whether you’re prepping for an open house and want to show off your home for sale in Chicago, IL, or planning to host a girls’ night in, this powerful little polish will help make sure your place is looking great. (Bonus: The lemon oil means it smells great too.)

Ready to whip up a batch of homemade furniture polish?


  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Funnel
  • Small plastic spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth or soft rag


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice

Homemade furniture polish instructions

  1. Measure out the ingredients, then, using the funnel, pour olive oil, vinegar, and lemon oil or juice into the bottle.
  2. Shake well to emulsify. (Polish may separate when stored, so be sure to shake each time before using.)
  3. Spray the polish onto a microfiber cloth or rag and rub onto finished-wood furniture.
  4. Rub gently (always polishing with the wood grain) and make sure the polish is evenly distributed.
  5. Use a clean cloth to remove excess polish.