Effective Wood Cleaning With Essential Oils
Collector of Wood ~
My passion for all things made of wood began in a small community craft fair.
I was there peddling my wares of terracotta products I painted. Intrigued by the other stands I wandered off to see what crafts would catch my eye. It was not long before a table full of beautiful objects in wood caught my eye.
Some were smooth and shiny, others rough and coarse. I could not resist touching these hand carved beauties and started talking with the elderly wood turner who was there. James and I became firm friends that day and I became quite the collector of his exquisite pieces from mushrooms to lamps.
I bought my first wooden mushroom from him, which ended up turning into a collection of mushrooms in all shapes, sizes and woods from many different sources. Last count was 110.
I find such beauty in wood;the rawness, the textures and character they possess with their knots, uneven coloring and grains all tell a story, all so full of life.
Full of Character
The Beauty of Wood ~
Wood furniture has real character which changes through the years. Character often comes from how we maintain it, use it or live in it. Looking after wood is important to stop it becoming too dry and cracked.
Some woods need a little more so apart from some cleaning and may require a polish or wax. Commercial cleaners and waxes are easily substituted for more natural alternatives including essential oils.
The oils are naturally antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial with various therapeutic qualities.
Here are a number of easily doable recipes using ingredients that are commonly found in the home or are easily accessible in local supermarkets or health food stores.
Potent and Versatile
Before Cleaning or Polishing Woods ~
It is important to remember to always test your cleaner on an inconspicuous part of the wooden furniture such as underneath it. Every wood is different and may react differently to certain essential oils. Finishes or varnishes on wood may react to different formulas so do remember to be cautious.
Cleaning wood can be difficult and time consuming but when it is finished it looks beautiful, rich and healthy. Taking care of your furniture will stand to you and using homemade polishes, waxes and cleaners gives you a wide spectrum of products to choose from.
Citrus Wood Polish ~
1 cup olive oil
1/2cup white vinegar
1/4tsp lemon essential oil
1/4tsp orange essential oil
Mix the ingredients together in a measuring jug and pour into an 8 oz spray bottle. Apply this with a clean dry cloth.
Peppermint Stain Remover ~
2 drops peppermint essential oil
First remove any previous polish by wiping furniture with the vinegar on a dry cloth. With a dry cloth rub 2-3 drops of peppermint onto the stain (water mark or rings) working from the outside to the centre of the stain. Leave for a few hours and then buff. Don’t forget to test on an inconspicuous area first before applying directly on the marks or stains.
Citrus Olive Oil Polish
Great Tips from Shauna (bravewarrior)
- Green Tip #17 - Recipes and Remedies for Everyday Living - Homemade Household Cleaners
Today's environment is being depleted by chemicals. Incorporate items you already keep in your household to make your own cleaners with no toxicity, safe for pets and children and save money. A little elbow grease goes a long way!
Shauna’s Mom’s Furniture Polish ~
This recipe is with kind permission from my friend and fellow hubpages writer, bravewarrior. A lover of antique furniture, this recipe is her mom’s secret winning formula for keeping your wood in tip top condition. Thank you Shauna, it works a treat!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 quart warm water
Mix the ingredients together and store in a bottle with or without a spray attachment. It works best when warm and may be heated in a pan of hot water before each use. Spray on your furniture and rub dry with a soft cloth. It will wash off dirt, dust and leave a light conditioning oil film to protect the wood from drying out.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Restorative Paste ~
2 tbsp carnauba wax chips
1 cup linseed oil (walnut oil, olive oil or almond oil may be used instead)
5-7 drops lavender essential oil
small glass container with lid
double boiler or
saucepan and glass bowl
Add the carnauba wax and linseed oil into the double boiler or use a bowl sitting in a saucepan of boiling water. Heat gently and stir until fully melted.
Remove from the heat and add the lavender, mixing well.
Pour into the container and leave to completely cool before applying the lid.
This paste is excellent for restoring old furniture. Apply some paste with a dry cloth using small circular movements, working it in well.
Buff it up with a different dry cloth and watch it gleam.
Linseed Oil, Beeswax and Turpentine Wax Polish
Ever Made Furniture Polish?
Aromatic Beeswax Polish ~
30 g yellow beeswax (pellets or grated)
125 ml linseed oil
7 drops rosemary essential oil
7 drops cedarwood essential oil
Small glass container
Add the pellets or grated beeswax to the double boiler with the linseed oil and heat until completely melted. Remove from the heat.
When the mixture begins to thicken, stir in the essential oils. Pour into your glass container and allow harden. Use like regular wax by applying with one cloth and buffing it with another soft cloth.
Food for Thought . . . .
Wooden furniture can be maintained, restored and kept supple and healthy in the way as our skin and hair. Chemicals, synthetic fragrance and toxins can have damaging and lasting effects when used in commercial products be they for personal cosmetic products or antique wooden furniture. Essential oils may be incorporated into cleaning products easily so why not give them a try, you will not be disappointed.
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"
More Easy DIY Cleaners ~
- Effective Kitchen Cleaning With Essential Oils
Cleaning house with less chemicals sounds good right? Read on to find easy to make kitchen cleaners from appliances to floors with essential oils and some basic ingredients for the heart of the home.
- Effective Bathroom Cleaning With Essential Oils
Bathroom cleaning is a pleasure using basic ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda teamed up with natures best essential oils. Here are a selection of chemical free bathroom recipes and tips.
- Easy Citrus and Vinegar Everyday House Cleaner
Cutting down on all the household cleaners we use daily is the way forward. All those chemicals need to be kicked to the curb. This is a quick and easy solution using white vinegar and citrus peel.
Essential Oils Articles ~
- How to Diffuse Essential Oils
Essential Oils have many beneficial uses when diffused into the air. There are a variety of ways in how to diffuse your favorite oils and introduce fragrance into your home, work space or car easily.
- How to Use Essential Oils and a Base Oil to Make a D...
Knowing how to dilute essential oils with base oil is important. Widely used in beauty products and in Aromatherapy they have excellent therapeutic benefits to mind and body. Read on to learn more .
- Essential Oils That Cause Sun Sensitivity
Certain essential oils including many citrus oils may cause phototoxicity or sun sensitivity resulting in skin irritations. So what does it all mean and how may you still reap the benefits of citrus?
- How to Make Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is produced as an essential oil or an infused oil. Originating in the wild thousands of years ago, it has become the most versatile member of the mint family with its many culinary and medicinal benefits. Making your own oil has never be
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