DIY: Wood Furniture and Floor Polish with Essential Oils

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Is your wood furniture or flooring starting to look dull and lifeless?

Wood furniture is an investment and it is important to take care of it. Although polishing wood furniture should only be done every couple months, it is important to continually keep it clean by dusting it or wiping it with a damp wet microfiber cloth.

Commercial wood polishes may look great 1-2 days after polishing, but initial impressive results can quickly fade and ultimately damage the wood. Not only are they harsh on wood furniture, they also contain chemicals and artificial fragrances that can cause irritation, or worse, health problems when proper safety precautions are not taken while using them.

Bring back the shine to your favorite tables, countertops, floors, and more with this simple recipe for homemade wood polish with dōTERRA essential oils.

What You Need:

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1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup vinegar

10 drops dōTERRA essential oils (try Wild Orange or Lemon)

8 oz. glass spray bottle (you can purchase one here)


Add 10 drops of essential oil into the glass spray bottle.

Add olive oil and vinegar.

Shake well before each use.

Apply to a microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed.

Other Natural Products to Make at Home Using Essential Oils:

Mattress Cleaner

Dryer Sheets

Air Freshener


Window Cleaner

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet

All Purpose Spray

This was originally featured in the Spring 2012 dōTERRA Living Magazine.

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.

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  1. I’m sure its a good idea to try it out on a small section first to make sure you got your formula right first. I have both of those doTerra oils. Gonna try it.

  2. How long can you keep this? Will the olive oil get rancit when mixed with a citrus oil?
    Thank you

  3. My furniture has no more life left to it. I do use commercial products and have not found one that does the trick. I now use water and vinegar for my windows and just use a water and vinegar rinse for my hair. Both work fantastic. Can’t wait to try the this oil and vinegar mixture for my furniture and I’ll also try it for my hard wood floors.

  4. Wow, this are very helpful tips. Thank you for sharing these ingredients and procedure and I will surely try this one this weekend. I wonder if the aroma scent can remove the smell of the vinegar?

  5. HELP! I did this tonight and my floors are like a skating rink now! I didn’t even think of that being an issue. They look amazing, but I honestly don’t know what to do!

  6. Hey Leah,

    So sorry about your slippery floors. It can sometimes take a few days for the oil to be absorbed. If it doesn’t get better you can combine 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water (along with lemon or orange essential oil) and mop your floors with that solution. Hope that helps!

  7. I have made it and I think it is fantastic! My only comment is why a 16oz bottle when there is only 1/2 cup of liquid?? Just a small spray bottle would have been enough.

    Thank you for the great tips1

  8. I have the same comment as Jeanette! I had a “make and take” class and bought all these 16 oz bottles – and it only makes 1/2 cup!! I was rather embarrassed.

  9. I’ve read that olive oil shouldn’t be used for wood as it will go rancid and will ruin your furniture. Most woodworkers recommend walnut oil or mineral oil. Will the lemon work well with either of those oils?

  10. I just did this on my floors and they are like an oil slick. If I do it again I will definitely cut the amount of oil.

  11. I love your models nail polish choices. She always has funky colors on!!!
    Yeah, I collect nail polish and essential oils. Go figure.

  12. What is the purpose of the vinegar in this mix? Vinegar is mildly acidic. Also – how do you get just one drop from the EO bottles, so I can count drops??

  13. I knew it! That vinegar has a wide range of uses; such as removing odors from rooms, cleaning fixtures in your bathrooms and kitchen, removing stains and spills from carpets, cleaning windows, and much more. Thank you very much for sharing.

  14. The reading I’ve done says vinegar is a HUGE no-no for wood. It’s super-useful fir a lot of things, but highly damaging to wood over time. I also second that walnut or mineral oil is a far better choice than olive oil for wood.
    That said, I’m still trying to find a good disinfecting all-natural cleaner for my wood floors. I suppose using Purify or OnGuard might address that issue? Thoughts?

  15. I’ve read that when using vinegar on wood it must be diluted. The olive oil dilutes it. Even websites that sell hardwood recommend this mixture so I think it is probably safe. To be sure though I’m going to try it on some hardwood flooring that was already in bad shape when we pulled up the carpet.

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