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Lemon Furniture Polish Recipe

Skip the harsh chemicals from store-bought products and create your own furniture polish!

From "Cooking, Baking, and Making"
March 2018

  • With lemon aromas and all natural ingredients this refreshing furniture polish is perfect for spring cleaning time!
    Photo by Mango Publishing
  • Cooking, Baking, and Making by Cynthia O'Hara
    Photo by Mango Publishing

Total Hands-On Time: 2 hr 50 min

Preparation Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 2 hr 20 min

Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup of lemon furniture polish.

From the creative mind of the Harried Housewife blog comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop book bursting with DIY recipes and ideas for the entire year! Cooking, Baking and Making — 100 Holiday Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons (Mango Publishing, 2017) includes 60 recipes, bonus designs, and 40 DIY ideas that will tie your home together for all 365 days of the year.

Open the windows and let the fresh air in; now is the time to get everything sparkling clean. And a great way to begin spring cleaning is to infuse lemons in oil—and use it to polish your wood furniture.


  • 5 lemons
  • 3/4 cup safflower oil
  • Peeler or knife
  • Cheesecloth


  1. Wash and dry lemons. Using a peeler or knife, remove only the yellow peel and not the white portion.
  2. Boil water in a double boiler, or fill a saucepan about half full with water and bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat to a slow simmer.
  3. Place peels in the top of a double boiler or in a heat-resistant bowl firmly set over the saucepan; add oil to peels.
  4. Heat peels for 2 hours, being certain that oil does not boil. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes.
  5. Place a strainer over a measuring cup; cover strainer with cheesecloth.
  6. Pour oil into cheesecloth; use a wooden spoon to press on peel.
  7. Squeeze cheesecloth to extract as much oil as possible. Remove strainer and cheesecloth. Cool completely.
  8. Pour oil into a glass bottle, such as a small Mason jar. Add a small amount to a cotton cloth; rub onto wood, going with the grain.
  9. Remove any remaining polish with a clean cotton cloth. Cover, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  10. Remove oil from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before using.

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Excerpted from Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons © 2018 by Cynthia O'Hara. Published by Mango Publishing.

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