Green Cleaner for Wooden Furniture

Friday, June 05, 2009

Trader Giotto's Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the cheapest around, and now I use it to polish the wooden furniture in this old house, thanks to a tip from one of my new favorite magazines, Ready Made: Instructions For Everyday Life (thanks for the subscription, Heather!). It just takes a small dab on a clean cloth, and you can even alter the scent by mixing it in a separate container with lemon juice (2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice).

Here are some other ideas for green cleaning solutions for wooden furniture from Green and Clean:

1) This polish should to be made fresh each time you use it.
1 lemon
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon water
Extract the juice from the lemon. Mix with oil and water.
Apply a thin coat on your wood surface and let sit for five minutes. Use a soft cloth to buff to a deep shine.
2) Use 3 parts light mineral oil and 1 part olive oil and a drop of lemon juice.
3) Use a little olive or lemon oil and some beeswax.
4) Hide wood scratches by rubbing with the meat of a walnut.
5) Use a soft cloth and wipe with a bit of mayonnaise.
6) Rub furniture with a cloth dipped in cool tea.
7) Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Apply mixture to furniture with a soft cloth and wipe it dry.
8) 1/8 cup linseed oil, 1/8 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice. Mix ingredients, using soft cloth, rub into wood.
9) To remove water stains on wood furniture, dab white toothpaste onto stain. Allow the paste to dry and then gently buff off with a soft cloth.

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