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Homemade Wood Cleaner & Polish…



I’ve been playing around with a lot of homemade cleaning and laundry recipes over the past year – some have worked amazingly well and others haven’t been so great. Today I have a great recipe for an all-natural wood cleaner and polish that is amazing. This cleaner is the best of both worlds – it really cleans AND polishes. But even better than how well it works is the smell. The yummy smell had my kids swarming me as I made it and asking to help me dust (I’m not kidding and of course I said yes!). This is a simple recipe with three ingredients – essential oils, fractionated coconut oil (liquid form, this can also be used as a carrier for your oils), and distilled (free of impurities) water.


Essential Oil Wood Cleaner and Polish:

10 drops wild orange or citrus bliss essential oil (optional)

30 drops lemon essential oil

1/3 cup (2 2/3 ounces) coconut (fractionated) oil or grapeseed oil

1/2 cup (4 ounces) distilled water


Start by measuring your water and oil and mixing them together in the container you’ll be storing the mixture in.



Then add your essential oils.



Give it a little shake and start cleaning and polishing the wood in your home.



I use a microfiber cloth to dust & apply the polish. I just pour or spray a little bit of this cleaner on my microfiber cloth and start dusting away.  You can make your own homemade wood cleaner with pure essential oils.  It’s very cost efficient and all natural. Just one bottle of pure essential oils makes several bottles of wood cleaner.  Best of all, its non toxic.  Visit doTERRA’s website at www.mydoterra.com/abowlfulloflemons to learn out more about the pure essential oils I use.



Visit Becky at  www.cleanmama.net to get more cleaning recipes.

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  1. Laurie Morris says:

    Love the container you used. Where did you find it? Thank you for all your great tips!

  2. I made my first doTerra purchase the other day Toni! I’m excited to receive my first order! Started out small, toothpaste,chapstick,lemon and on guard oils. I think i’ll try this next. I’ve been doing a lot of diy home cleaners lately and this one is on my list!

    • Can’t wait to hear how you like them! You should share on your blog and link up to my tuesday link parties. :)

  3. Do you think this would work well on a wood floor. We recently moved into a new home with gorgeous dark wood floors and I am trying to find something that will clean and polish without all the crazy chemicals.

    • Hi Felicia!
      I wouldn’t suggest using it on the wood floors because the coconut oil might make it too slippery. I use vinegar, water and essential oils on my hardwoods and they look great!
      xo, Becky

  4. The link for your info about the essential oils you use isn’t work. Would love to read more!

  5. Can I use coconut oil from Trader Joe’s?

  6. This is great! Thank you for sharing this information. Will try this.

  7. Does it have to be fractionated coconut oil or can I just use plain 100% coconut oil?

  8. Erin Wojcicki says:

    So, this would be ok to use on a piano? I have a piano that was handed down to me from my grandmother and dusting it just doesn’t do the trick…. I want it to shine and be beautiful!

    • Just cleaned my piano with it and I have a beautiful shine. Probably the best it’s ever looked.

  9. Wonderful! Thank you so much for posting and sharing this with the world. I SOOO appreciate and enjoy this blog. :)

  10. Made this up and used it this afternoon. Changed lemon for bergamot (which is still lemony) and used organic coconut oil.

    You need a tiny amount, or it can leave an oily film, which doesn’t absorb into the wood. If this happens (as I was a little too excited to try out my new cleaner), just use some paper towel to get rid of the excess.

    Thank you!

  11. diane potter says:

    Can you use olive oil ?

  12. Would this work to clean the sticky grim on kitchen cabinets or do you have something else to suggest? I don’t want to have to refinish them, or use something that is harsh enough to remove the finish or sealant. Also I need something for removing smoke film from furniture. Would this work?

  13. I cant wait to try this… I also would like to know can I apply this on my hardwood floors as well?

  14. Would you put lavender oil in for the scent rather than orange?

  15. Can you use this recipe on all wood, like entertainment center, table and bedroom furniture? Thanks!
    OXOX- *smiles*


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