Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Yes! You can make homemade furniture polish.

A few months ago we took a trip down the California coastline. Our journey brought us to Hearst Castle, built by gagillionaire William Hearst in the early 1900's.

In the Refectory, or dining room as the simple folk like to call it, there is a long dining table reclaimed from a monastery. When I asked the tour guide how they got the table so shiny, he replied, "500 years of elbow grease." I DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF TIME!

I've never been completely happy with store-bought polish, so I went to the Internet(s) to see what the clever moms out there were doing to shine their furniture. Two simple ingredients. I couldn't belive it was that easy: lemon juice and olive oil. That's it. I used my microfiber glove to apply the mixture, always rubbing with the grain of the wood, a little tooth brush to get to the nooks and crannies while I was at it, and a soft, clean cloth the remove the excess. Just a few simple steps to homemade furniture polish. Works great, smells even better. Castle living can't get much easier!


  1. Perfect. Now I have to go polish my table.

  2. Really? I had no idea! That shine looks mah-velous, and I can almost smell the lemon!

    I used to have a hair client who was an Avon Lady. She told me I should buy Avon's Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil Spray and try it as a furniture polish. I did and I loved it! Because it requires such a small amount, a bottle of it lasts almost forever - I still have some! But then, I don't polish the furniture very often, ha!

  3. I should try it on my kitchen cabinets which need to be polished or maybe just cleaned. LOL...


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