Homemade Furniture Polish

For the past 2 or 3 years I’ve kept an eye out for the perfect Jenny Lind bed for our guest bedroom. Last week craigslist finally came through for me! What’s your favorite craigslist/flea market/ebay find? My new-to-me bed is definitely one of my top five favorites.

The bed needed a good polishing, but furniture polish isn’t something I keep on hand. I searched the internet and found a bunch of furniture polish recipes. I combined several to make my own blend, and it’s surprisingly similar to salad dressing…

DIY furniture polish
DIY furniture polish

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (use white vinegar for light wood)
2 tablespoons jojoba oil (you could substitute olive oil, but jojoba doesn’t turn rancid)
3–5 drops of lavender essential oil

Combine the ingredients in a jar and shake well to blend. Dip the corner of a rag in the polish and rub it into the wood. Test a small section of the wood before polishing the whole piece of furniture, just to make sure it doesn’t stain. After you’ve applied the polish, rub everything down with a clean dry rag to remove any excess.


  1. Shawn

    Wow, that did a great job. I love that you make your new-to-you furniture extra special by hand making your polish and rubbing it into the wood to make it even more yours. Maybe that is why old stuff remade by a new owner makes it extra special.

  2. Kaytie

    I’ve never heard of making your own furniture polish, what a brilliant idea! It looks like it worked really well and added some shine back to your piece. A lot of the things used on furniture are so chemically, this is a nice green alternative – thanks for sharing!

    p.s. can’t wait to see what your guest bedroom looks like with the new bed!

  3. Ashley @ Happy Penguin Press

    Brilliant! I would have never thought of this. My favorite Craigslist find isn’t as fun as a bed, but was really practical. We found not one but two baby gates for $5 each gently used. We used them to help house train our puppy, and they were a LOT cheaper than what they would have been new!

  4. Chrystina

    That looks awesome, can’t wait to see the whole thing. My favorite current purchase is a free-standing coat rack, I’m going to hang aprons on it – and it’s going to go perfectly in my new kitchen!

  5. Carlos

    The benefit of using homemade polish aside from the savings you can get is that it is eco-friendly which can not be said on many commercial ones.

    On the other hand, if you are really bent on protecting and preserving your piece, a wax based furniture polish is the best choice.

  6. Shari Lawrence

    I just found this recipe of yours on pinterest and am sooooo glad I did. I have black dining room furniture and nothing and I mean NOTHING made it shine like this DIY polish. Thanks a million for helping me make my dining room furniture look new again :)

  7. M. Jean Burns

    my Mom made this polish and cleaner when I was (probably before I was ) so I grew up with it and still say it is the best I have ever used. I make a small jar at a time and keep it covered and ready. I so enjoy your column. Thank you.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Since each individual ingredient doesn’t require refrigeration, I think the polish is fine at room temperature.

  8. Alexandra

    This sounds great! Would it be safe to use this on a maple baby rattle? Maybe just with one drop of lavender oil?

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