Homemade Floor Polish Recipe to Restore Shine to Wood

After time, wood floors can lose their shine and become dull looking. There are many products that can be bought in stores or online to restore shine to wood floors, but most of them are filled with harsh chemicals. This homemade floor polish recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients from your pantry. It will restore the shine to your dull hardwood floors and is so safe, even your kids can help!

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar

  • 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil (optional)

  • 2 cups of warm water

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Clean squirt container

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Step 1: Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a clean container.

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Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.

At this point, you can also add 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil to add a little more cleaning power to the mix if you like. Bonus: it smells amazing!

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Step 3: Add 2 cups of warm water and replace the lid.

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Step 4: Shake well before using.

Since there are no chemical binders in this recipe, the ingredients will separate pretty quickly. Just give the bottle a shake a few times during use to recombine the ingredients.

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Polishing Your Floors

Time to polish those floors! It's best to use a microfiber cloth to apply the polish to your floors so they won't scratch. Simply attach a microfiber cloth to a dusting broom or attach to a flat mop using elastic bands.

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First, vacuum or sweep your floors to remove any dust or debris.

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Next, spray the wood floor with a small amount of your homemade floor polish.

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Now, use the microfiber mop to work the polish into the floors, moving with the grain and distributing evenly.

Warning

Do not allow the floor polish to pool and sit on wood floors for an extended amount of time, or it could warp and damage your floors.

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Your floors should be left with a natural, subtle looking shine, and you only need to use this polish every few months or as needed when your floors start to look dull and faded. Regular vacuuming an mopping should be done regularly in between polishing.

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