Homemade Wood Cleaner

A house with old, dingy wooden furniture can really bring you down. Don’t get me wrong – wooden furniture is beautiful and that old feel can bring a lovely antique kinda vibe to a house, even turn it into a home, but if your pieces are just screaming for a little polish – look no further! This recipe for homemade wood cleaner is just what the doctor ordered – if said doctor is really just an upholsterer with too much time on his hands who goes around ordering furniture upgrades, that is.

A little olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice is all it takes. The recipe call for lemon oil, but I used fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead with great results.

Give it a try, and then try these other homemade cleaners for a whole house makeover.

Glass Cleaner
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Brass Polish



Homemade Wood Cleaner


  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Lidded 8-oz. plastic squirt bottle
  • Microfiber cloth (or clean, soft rag)


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. lemon oil (or fresh lemon juice)


  1. Using the funnel, pour the olive oil, vinegar and lemon oil (or juice) into the bottle.
  2. Shake well to emulsify.
  3. Squirt the polish onto a microfiber cloth and rub onto finished-wood furniture.
  4. Always go with the grain and evenly distribute polish.
  5. Remove any excess polish with a clean cloth.

Test in an inconspicuous area first. It left watermarks on one piece, but they disappeared when it dried.

I would call this more of a cleaner than a polish. It didn’t give an oily sheen, at least not to my furniture, maybe because I used fresh lemon juice and not lemon oil. I ended up polishing the wood after with coconut oil with gave it the luster I was looking for.



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