When we renovated our living/family room a few years ago, we knew we wanted to replace some of our old pieces of furniture. I love Scandinavian design, so I already had my eye on a few different pieces from IKEA. I also loved IKEA’s prices, which would allow us to stretch our budget. My husband, however, pushed for us to go look at options at a more “traditional” furniture store. He worried that if we invested in a lot of self-assembled laminate furniture, we would just have to replace it all in a few years. (And for the record, we did end up getting quite a few pieces from IKEA. But they’re still looking great 3 years later!)
We had several of these back-and-forth discussions about furniture, and eventually it became clear that there wasn’t one right answer. There are pros and cons to owning laminate furniture, and the same goes for solid wood furniture. While our laminate furniture is easy to clean and move around, it’s not very durable. And while solid wood furniture is extremely durable, it does need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to keep it looking great. But hopefully today’s post will help the maintenance of solid furniture a little bit easier!
You can actually make your own furniture polish to help protect your solid wood furniture. The one I’m sharing today is made using all natural ingredients, including jojoba oil, beeswax, and essential oils. The jojoba oil and beeswax help condition the wood and create a protective barrier. Eucalyptus oil smells great, and it has anti-microbial properties. Lemon oil also conditions the wood, and helps create the perfect shine! Here’s how to make your own furniture polish at home.
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Homemade Eucalyptus Furniture Polish
- 1 cup jojoba oil
- 4 Tbsp beeswax pellets
- 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- Pint-sized mason jar
- Bamboo skewer
- A couple of clean, soft cloths
Place the jojoba oil and beeswax pellets in your pint-sized mason jar. Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, then place the mason jar in the pan. Put the saucepan on your stove over low heat, and stir the mixture using the bamboo skewer until the mixture has melted completely.
Remove the pan from the heat, and carefully remove the jar. Add the eucalyptus and lemon essential oils, and mix thoroughly with the skewer.
Let the mixture cool for an hour or two on your counter, then transfer it to an airtight container for storage.
Using Your Homemade Furniture Polish
Before polishing your furniture, make sure it is clean of any dirt, grime, or dust. You don’t want to accidentally trap dust and dirt in your furniture’s finish!
When you’re ready, use a soft cloth to apply a small amount of the polish to the surfaces of your wooden furniture. Buff the polish to a shine with another clean, soft cloth.
Then stand back, and admire your handiwork! :-) You can also use your homemade furniture polish on other wood items in your home, like cutting boards, rolling pins, and more.