Wood brings warmth to the home, thanks to its color, texture, and gleam. But to keep wood in such a state -- clean, gleaming, smooth -- one will need to turn to wood polish, many of which (quite ironically) are far from environmentally friendly. Commercial wood polish will also emit strong, pungent smells.
Instead, look to some kitchen staples for the solution. Ingredients oft-used in cooking can, in fact, keep wooden furniture, floors, and various trimmings in the home an asset for the years to come.
1. Olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice
Combine 3/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a container. Mix well by stirring or shaking; apply the solution to a clean white cloth and use to polish wood. Afterwards, leave to dry or buff the wood with a dry cloth. This solution is cheap and handy: the vinegar and lemon juice serve as mild disinfectants that remove dirt, grease stains and grime; meanwhile, the olive oil enriches the wood, giving it its shine.
2. Beeswax and oil
Mix 1/4 cup of grated beeswax to 1 cup of your choice of all-natural oil (you can opt for olive oil or coconut oil -- they're convenient and affordable). Heat this solution in the microwave or in a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Let cool afterwards, stirring as needed to keep the two ingredients mixed, and the consistency even, rich, and creamy. Once the mixture has cooled, use a spatula or a soft brush to rub the polish on wooden surfaces. Wipe off any excess with a clean cloth.
3. Essential oils and water
Blend 10 drops of a citrus-based essential oil -- like lemon or wild orange, for instance -- with 1/3 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of distilled water. Shake well, apply onto a clean cloth, and start polishing -- it's as simple as that. The essential oils clean and keep the surface healthy and gleaming, and they infuse a rich, zesty smell into the wood.