Furniture polish

Furniture polish can be incredibly helpful in not only removing dust, but in also giving your home a fresh and sparkly look (crucial for when the in-laws visit, right?). But those store-bought brands (rhymes with “Ledge”) can exacerbate allergies and cause even worse health issues. No, don’t fret. Just make your own furniture polish. It’s easy, effective and safe.

Dust. is pretty darn annoying, especially when you consider that most of it is actually flaked off human skin  (you’re welcome). No matter how often you clean your house, by the time you’re done, more dust has inevitably settled somewhere. But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to rid our homes of it, particularly for the allergy sensitive. The real kicker though is that it’s not complicated to get rid of dust. And getting a furniture gleam is also pretty darn easy. We just have to do a little Matrix-unplug from the conventional wisdom that only giant companies know how to make cleaning products.

We’ve been polishing furniture since we invented it…and there were no fancy spray bottles of toxic chemicals to do the job for us. You could say we improvised…but in truth, it’s more like we did what made sense. So, give it a try. It’s easy, clean, nontoxic and way less expensive that the store-bought stuff.

Ingredients
Juice of 1 large, ripe lemon
1 tablespoon Olive oil
Water
5 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Directions

Squeeze the lemon juice into a small container (make sure it has a good, tight-fitting lid, like a Mason jar). Add in the olive oil, water and lemon oil if using. Close lid and shake vigorously until well blended. You can pour a bit onto a cloth and polish that way or put mixture into a spray bottle. Note: some spray bottles will clog when there is oil in them. It has been my own personal struggle to find high quality spray bottles in the last several years, so I recommend if you have a good one, save and reuse it often!

Also note that this mixture will need to be kept in the refrigerator if not used entirely. Best to make a new batch for each time you polish and dust your furniture.

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