DIY Lemon Furniture Polish

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.

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


  • 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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