Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe

I received a few emails last week from my post on preparing for Thanksgiving for the furniture polish I was making.  As promised, here is the recipe.  It is super easy and only has two ingredients.
I started making this in 2000 when I left my career and housekeeper/nanny to become a stay at home mom.  That year I read lots of old books from the Tightwad Gazette to vintage cookbooks in order to learn how to cook, clean, wash laundry etc.  I also had to find a way to save money on everything and stumbled onto an article about the amount of chemicals in our homes.  I cannot say where I found out about this recipe but I am thinking it might have been in a magazine that year.
Anyhoo… I have been making it ever since and I love it because it works, is super cheap to make and if my kids put some in their mouth by mistake there is absolutely no problem.  I almost laugh about calling it a recipe.
All you need is some olive oil (don’t use your good stuff here) and some lemon extract, the kind you use for baking.
I mix 8 ounces of oil to 1 teaspoon of lemon extract in a jar.  The minute you add the extract and shake it you will see the oil gets cloudy from emulsifying.  

see how it turned kind of a lemony opaque color?

You can use it straight away.  I put on a layer and let it sit while I do other things and then go back with a dry cloth and wipe it off then buff a little.  I have not tried using essential oils as that would be more expensive and this does the trick.
So there you!  Have fun polishing.

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3 Responses to Homemade Furniture Polish Recipe

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  2. Table Gardens March 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    This polish may work good for the furniture to maintain its shine.

  3. Irene November 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    That homemade polish is looking very much honey colored. Huh, it's a kinky coincidence indeed!! Although I've noted all the crucial instructions straight away. Thanks for this essential sharing.

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