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As an trained aromatherapist, I keep a stockpile of essential oils that I like to use for relaxation, household purposes, and preparation for zombie apocalypse, though I haven’t figured out that last part yet.

If you have children or pets or simply want to create non-toxic, natural remedies at home, you’ll love this easy alternate to commercial, chemical-based wood polishes that may affect the health of your family and the environment. I love using this homemade polish on stained and varnished wood furniture, plus it makes everything smell like a sunny afternoon spent napping under lemon trees. It’s safe for most wood finishes, but test a small, inconspicuous patch to be sure.

Photo: Eva Nemeth

DIY Citrus Wood Polish

12-15 drops of orange or lemon essential oil
¼ ounce distilled white vinegar
1½ ounces olive, grapeseed or jojoba oil

Combine all ingredients in a 2-ounce dark glass bottle, to protect essential oils from light. Do not use plastic bottles as essential oils break down plastic with time. Shake before each use. Pour a few drops onto a soft cloth and rub into your favorite wood furniture. Buff to a high shine.