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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Make Your Own Furniture Polish

Mary Hunt on

Some time ago, I got a request from EC reader Kelly for a recipe for homemade furniture polish. She said that she uses a lot of it and it was getting expensive.

My first thought was, "Of course," and to suggest she time her purchases with furniture polish sales and then stock up. That was fresh on my mind, as I'd recently purchased a can of Pledge aerosol polish (reg. $5.49) for $1.50. What a deal!

Kelly didn't mention environmental issues in her desire to make her own furniture polish, but after doing some research on the matter, I became convinced it may be something all of us should consider -- perhaps even more than the high price of quality furniture cleaners, polishes and protectants.


I was quite shocked to see what goes into a can of commercial spray furniture polish (not sure what I was expecting, but what I found was not it).

Many contain synthetic ingredients like silicone, solvents, petroleum distillates and artificial fragrances to mask the chemical smells.


Since then, I've learned so much, mostly this: We can have a healthier home and save a lot of money at the same time by replacing chemical- and fragrance-laden furniture polish with homemade natural formulas.

Here are my top two, for your consideration:


1 cup olive oil*


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