We like to keep wood looking nice, but don’t always stop to think that what makes it look nice and shiny might not actually be good for the wood itself. For centuries, pure lemon has been prized for the superb way it cleans, shines, and prevents fine wood finishes from drying out. Lemon not only cleanses and polishes wood but also leaves behind a refreshing scent! Here are some of the ways you could use lemon to polish wood:
BEESWAX LEMON POLISH
A small amount of this goes a long way towards protecting your wood from the harmful effects of moisture, as well as keeping it from drying out. It also leaves the wood with a nice healthy glow!
How to make and use: Melt down ½ cup of beeswax in a double boiler. Stir in 1 ½ cups of olive oil, and add in a few drops of lemon essential oil or 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Pour into a glass jar to store, and let it harden. You can microwave it for roughly 25-30 seconds to soften it before use if you like. Before using clean the surface with a damp cloth and wipe dry. Then, dab some beeswax lemon polish onto a clean, soft cloth and apply in a circular motion. When it is dry, buff in the direction of the grain with another clean soft cloth (preferably one that is lint-free.)
COCONUT OIL LEMON POLISH
Apply this formula to clean and restore lustre to wood furniture. It also may be used to help remove superficial water rings on wood tables.
How to make and use: Using funnel, pour 2 tbsp melted coconut oil, ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ tsp 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.