HH Project: Furniture Polish

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

When the surfaces of my wooden furniture are visible rather than generously heaped with baby wipes, toys, paper work and assorted clutter, I like to polish them. The reasons for this are three fold; It feels like “real” cleaning, it makes it look beautiful, and it smells nice.

My offering for a homemade furniture polish is another exceptionally simple one. It’s a mixture of two thirds olive oil and one third lemon juice. I made it in a clear plastic washing up liquid bottle. The cheapest lemon juice I’ve found so far is in the baking section of Aldi, but I will keep on the look out. Use basic olive oil, nothing fancy. Again I haven’t found anything remarkably cheap but I will report back soon.

Before using it make sure to give it a really good shake as the lemon and oil will separate.

I have always used a lavender scented spray polish so this was quite a change both in consistency and smell. Obviously it doesn’t spray, so when you put it on the surface it comes out in glugs. The smell is pleasant, not strong, but just nice. I do prefer a spray, the glugging feels clumsy, but in actuality didn’t make a difference. I just squirt a swirl across the table top then rub it in thoroughly with a polishing cloth. I was sceptical but actually it really works! It shines in a natural way without looking artificial and seems to really work into the wood.

I am officially pleased, and am ditching the aerosols!

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