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show stopping homemade wood cleaner

I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’ve been slowly working my way through a bottle of Method wood surface cleaner for years. (I swear our house is regularly dusted.) Maybe it is my frugal way of making everything I have last as long as I can.

Had I known how easy and fantastic homemade wood cleaner was, I would have used the store bought polish a lot more frivolously. I was so pleased with the outcome of this homemade polish. I could hardly wait to share it with you all.


The shine left behind is one I have never seen. I seriously feel like this wood cleaner puts life back into everything it touches. I’m about to let my dork flag fly. I love cleaning… the sound a vacuum makes collecting dirt, the satisfaction of nice crisp straight sheets on the bed, wood furniture that gleams, and especially the way a kitchen smiles back when everything is in its place. Don’t even get me started about mopping.

This wood cleaner only takes minutes to make and start working wonders on wood furniture. I was hooked from the beginning. The old desk I picked up in Massachusetts is now shiny as a new penny.

Homemade wood cleaner


1 whole lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water


jar with lid
microfiber cleaning cloth

Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze the juice into the jar using a strainer to filter out the seeds and pulp.


Then pour in the tablespoon of olive oil and water.


Place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake to get everything well mixed. With your cloth in hand you are ready to get to it. Dab the cloth in the solution and begin wiping the desired area.


The portion this recipe makes of homemade wood cleaner actually goes a long way. Keep in mind that depending on how much dusting you plan to do in a day you’ll want to alter the portion, as this wood cleaner doesn’t keep for very long.

Consider this another homemade success. Just look at the difference between the area that was wiped down (the left) and the area that wasn’t (the right). Unlike other wood cleaners I’ve used, this polished look actually lasts. The rich wood color, the smooth silky feeling, and the shine all sticks around. With store bought cleaners I have never achieved these kinds of results. It was gleaming. I was gleaming. It was a moment.


There are no dangerous chemicals here as we continue to pursue green cleaning. For more green ways to keep your home clean click on our green home archive, here.

Like always, we’d love to hear from you. Any wood cleaning/polish tricks to share? Any secret green cleaning tips we should know?

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