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.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.