Natural Non-Toxic Wood Polish

Introduction: Natural Non-Toxic Wood Polish

About: I love kitties and cooking. :) Degree in nursing, worked at an animal shelter for a while before staying home to care for my baby and pets. Passion for illustration and nutrition.

Making your own wood polish is easy and economical. Additionally, it's safe for the house and everyone in it. You can make it in advance and store it as long as you like, it's shelf stable. If your kids or pets get into it, they might get a tummy ache but it's not a life or death situation. It's great for your wallet and your peace of mind.

Step 1: Ingredients

Avocado Oil

Castor Oil

Fragrance Oil, I recommend a lemon or almond

Step 2: Combine

Combine equal parts of your oils, for this demonstration I am using about a tablespoon of each, but you could make this ahead of time in a spray bottle or jar and keep it in your cabinet. You only need about three drops of your fragrance oil. Mix until consistent.

You can do this with an olive oil, but because olive oil has a golden color, it will carry onto your furniture. If you want a natural gold tone for your furniture, I recommend olive oil, but if you just want a polish, stick to light/no color oils.

Step 3: Use As Desired

I used this little wooden bowl as an example. It went through the dishwasher, which shouldn't have happened, but using a bit of this polish brings it right back to life. Use it on tables, or even your wooden cutting boards, it's perfectly safe. :)

Thank you for reading, I hope this helps you!

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    2 years ago

    Neither Castor Oil, nor Avocado Oil polymerize. This will stay in a liquid state it's entire life. Both oils also go rancid, so if you are using this in food contact (or in a toddler's house), it can make people sick. The only thing inhibiting this would be the fragrance oil. They bear their own risks of toxicity though.

    A non-toxic route that would work just as well would be to just to 100%, food grade mineral oil. It's non-toxic, rated for food contact, and safe to use in a house with children.

    I applaud your willingness to explore new finishes. That willingness is what generates new ideas. I would recommend in the future checking to see what oils polymerize and what go rancid though.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi there, I should have mentioned that I wash my surfaces routinely between use. This is just a polish for a nice shine. Now from what I've read, the problem with expired oils lies in taste, and that a dated oil is not generally hazardous. I certainly wouldn't recommend drinking this product. You could easily add a natural disinfectant like white vinegar and lemon juice.

    I have used this method for years and we have never had any issues with our surfaces looking poor or anyone becoming ill, but I will go ahead and put more research into these oils and mineral oil and update this page accordingly.