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How to Clean Wood With Everyday Household Products

There is a wide array of products available designed to clean everything from wood furniture to flooring. If you're concerned about chemical additives in commercial products or just want to save some money, you can take a more natural approach to cleaning.

A few ordinary household items can make your wood floor shine.

Things You Will Need

  • Lemon oil
  • Mineral oil
  • Toothpaste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vinegar
  • Peppermint oil
  • Soft cloth
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Long-handled spoon

There is a wide array of products available designed to clean everything from wood furniture to flooring.  If you're concerned about chemical additives in commercial products or just want to save some money, you can take a more natural approach to cleaning.

Clean, polish and restore all the wood around your home with products you probably already have on hand.  Items such as lemon, mineral oil (found in baby oil) or vegetable oil can all be used on floors and furnishings.


Mopping Solution

  1. Add equal parts distilled vinegar and warm water to a bucket.
  2. Add approximately 15 drops of peppermint oil. Use your mop or a long-handled spoon to mix thoroughly.
  3. Mop floors as usual and allow to dry.

Floor Polish

  1. Add equal parts vegetable oil and vinegar to a bucket.
  2. Mix together completely with a long-handled spoon or similar item.
  3. Use a soft cloth to apply a thin coat to floors, taking care to rub the solution in well.

Furniture Polish

  1. Add one pint of mineral oil and two teaspoons of lemon oil to a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Spray the solution on a soft cloth to dampen, then use to dust and polish wood furniture. Rub in completely, then wipe any excess clean.
  4. Tip

    Rub a small amount of toothpaste directly on water marks on furniture to remove them.

Things You Will Need

  • Lemon oil
  • Mineral oil
  • Toothpaste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vinegar
  • Peppermint oil
  • Soft cloth
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Long-handled spoon

Tip

  • Rub a small amount of toothpaste directly on water marks on furniture to remove them.

About the Author

Amy McClain has worked as both a feature writer and a copy editor for a prestigious daily newspaper. She also enjoys writing as a hobby and takes creative writing courses in her free time. She has worked in sales and marketing for a wireless company for over seven years.

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