As many of you know, I have been moving toward more natural cleaners in our home, as well as trying to make more real food choices. We don’t have any expensive wood furniture in our home, but the pieces we do have are dear to me (the garage sale coffee table that my Dad refinished for my first apartment, my great grandfather’s rocking chair, my mother in law’s china cabinet, and my high chair that my grandfather had handmade for me.) So when it comes to polishing our furniture, I had begun using olive oil instead of commercial polish. I was pretty happy with the results, but it still felt like some of the pieces needed more.
I was super excited to see this post on Crunchy Betty about making your own furniture polish, especially since I had the ingredients and could make some RIGHT AWAY! So I mixed up a batch and used it on the furniture in the living room. (Note: I actually used more olive oil than is called for, when my batch first cooled it was a little too firm for my liking. I just re-melted and used more olive oil.)
I was not impressed with the results right away. As much as I rubbed, the furniture still looked a little cloudy and streaky. I decided to wait a little while and see if things soaked in a little bit. And boy did they! My coffee and sofa tables have never gleamed like they do now!
So today, I decided to get my high chair and give it a good rub down and see if I could breathe some life into it. It took me about 20 minutes to rub it by hand into all the little nooks and crannies, and then rub it down with a micro fiber cloth, but I am super happy with the results!
I look forward to adding this polish to my cleaning arsenal, and giving all our wood furniture a good polish every six months or so. Be sure to pop over to Crunchy Betty and grab the recipe, and check out her amazing results with her wooden bowls!