Homemade Cleaning Products: Furniture Polish

Restore wood and remove water rings with some homemade furniture polish.

Stain wood

Apply this formula to clean and restore luster to wood furniture. It also may be used to help remove superficial water rings on wood tables.

Prep: 1½ min.

Cost: 34¢

Yield: Approximately 2½ oz.



  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Lidded 8-oz. plastic squirt bottle
  • Microfiber cloth (or clean, soft rag)



  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. lemon oil (or fresh lemon juice)



Using funnel, pour olive oil, vinegar and lemon oil into bottle. Shake well to emulsify. Squirt polish onto microfiber cloth and rub onto finished-wood furniture. Always go with the grain and evenly distribute polish. Remove any excess polish with a clean cloth.