We like to keep woods in our homes looking nice, but don’t always stop to think that what makes it looks nice and polished might not actually be good for the wood itself, being that aerosol wood polish sprays generally just cover the surface with a slick, impenetrable layer of chemicals, leaving it looking absurdly shiny.
It doesn’t actually nourish the wood, moisturize it, or last very long at all (the most time the sparkling just lasts for 3 hours.)
Luckily, there are numerous very easy ways to naturally care for your household wood, that at least work much better than a lot of stuff sold in stores.
Olive-Oil lemon polish
You will need 1 ½ cups of olive oil, a cup of lemon juice or several drops of lemon essential oil.
2 clean cloths and a Spray bottle (optional)
Blend 1 ½ cups of olive oil with a cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle and shake to mix thoroughly. Even If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can make use of a bowl. Spray some of the mixtures onto a clean fabric (or dip the fabric in it) and gently apply to the wood in a circular motion.
Allow it to sit for 5 minutes or so, and then go over it with another soft fabric to bring out the shine. Save in a glass storage container, or in the spray bottle, if you make more than you need in one sitting.
Beeswax Wood Sealant and Polish
A little amount of this goes a long way towards guarding your wood against the harmful effects of moisture, as well as protecting it from drying out. It also leaves the wood with a nice healthy spark, and so doubles as a polish when used.
You will need a half cup of grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
1 ½ cups of olive oil, several drops of essential oil (optional) and a glass container for storage
Meltdown a half cup of beeswax in a double boiler (you can just put a metal bowl over a pot with some water in the bottom.)
Mix in 1 ½ cups of olive oil, and put in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a nice aroma if you like. Pour into a glass jar to save, and allow it harden.
You can microwave it up to 25-30 seconds to soften it before use if you like. Before use, clean the surface with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
Then, dab some beeswax sealant onto a clean, soft fabric and apply in a circular motion. When it is dry, buff in the direction of the grain with another clean soft fabric (preferably one that is lint-free.)
Coconut Oil Rub
In case you just don’t feel like making something, applying some straight coconut oil into dry wood is also an option.
You will need About 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and a clean soft cloth.
Wipe the surface with a slightly damp fabric and dry. Follow by rubbing some coconut oil onto another clean fabric, and apply to the wood in a spherical motion. Allow it dry, and then buff in the direction of the grain.
General Wood Care Tips
There is no need to slather wood with any of the mentioned ingredients. A thin layer is all that is required (or in the case of the spray, and little spritz.) They last longer, and it’s healthier for the wood if you don’t go overboard.
Sunlight degrades wood, so keep it out of the reach of direct sunlight for extended amounts of time, if possible.
Dirt and grime can also accumulate with time and cause damage to the wood surfaces, so keep them clean by simply cleaning regularly.
Wood is a beautiful thing to have in homes, and naturally keeping it healthy and looking great is incredibly simple to do, not to mention rather satisfying.
All of the mentioned recipes are food safe and will last in their containers for up to a year if stored in a cool dark place.