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Furniture Care - Protect and Clean The Natural Way

Essential oils will clean and protect our valuable pieces of furniture without using hazardous chemicals.  They leave them smelling fresh and clean.  These polishes are easy and cheap to make.  Just store in a handy spray bottle or glass jar ready for use.

Copper

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 4 drops Lemon essential oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and rub vigorously over the whole copper item.  Buff up.  It will make the copper shine!

White Goods

This essential oils recipe will remove finger marks and brighten up the fridge, freezer etc without scratching the surface.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons phosphate free dishwashing liquid
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 250ml warm water
  • 250ml white vinegar
  • 10 drops of Lavender essential oil 
  • 10 drops of Lemon essential oil

Directions:

Put all ingredients into a squeezable bottle and shake to combine.  Spray over the smeared surface and wipe clean.

Glass Cleaner - Great for Table Tops

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 500ml soda water
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and store in a well sealed spray bottle.  Shake before use.  Spray on to windows or glass and wipe clean.

If you find some streaks left on the window (and who doesn’t?) screw up a sheet of newspaper and put a drop of Lime, Grapefruit or Lemon essential oils on it and wipe over the window again. 

That should clear up any left over streaks and leave a pleasant aroma coming from the glass.

Use Essential Oils to Clean Glass

Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 225g beeswax (unrefined)
  • 600ml turpentine
  • 600ml water
  • 50g pure soap flakes
  • 10 or more drops pure essential oil

Directions:

Use a bain-marie and melt the beeswax.  Take this off the heat and add room temperature turpentine.

In another pot boil the water and melt the soap.  Allow to cool.

Add the melted soap mixture very slowly to the beeswax pot.  Stir constantly.  Now add the essential oil of your choice.

Pack this cooled mixture into flat tins or similar and use as normal.

Anti-Mould Spray

Tea Tree, Patchouli and Cinnamon are great essential oils for removing mould.  Keep this anti-mould essential oils recipe handy in the bathroom or laundry and spray on damp areas which are prone to mould, like shower curtains.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons Borax
  • 250ml warm water
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 10 drops Patchouli essential oil

Directions:

Mix together and keep in a spray bottle.

Dusting Cloth

This scented cloth using essential oils for furniture can be used for dusting.  The olive oil will slightly dampen it so it picks up the dust better than a dry cloth.  After much use, it can be washed and redone.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml hot water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 drops Lavender pure essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Place a clean dusting cloth in the mixture and allow to soak. Wring it out and hang on the line to dry. 

Store it in a sealed container and use when dusting.