Shining your varnished wood furniture is not something you need to do all the time, but it will help to bring out the sheen of the varnish and provide one consistent look to your surfaces when you notice them looking dull or uneven.  Rather than purchasing a commercial one, making your own is easy and works incredibly well.  Use a cotton cloth for this application; oil is nearly impossible to get out of microfiber cloths.  Also remember, don’t use this on unfinished wood surfaces, just wipe those with a dry cloth!

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a clean spray bottle.  Spray onto a clean wood surface (this is not a cleaner, this is a polish), and buff in using an ’s’ pattern motion.  This doesn’t keep for very long, so only mix up the amount you need for this particular application (feel free to adjust the recipe up or down, based on your needs).

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  1. Hi Melissa. I’ve read your book and the recipe there says to mix 3 parts of olive oil to one part vinegar which is opposite to the recipe in this blog and YouTube video. Which recipe is correct? And, here in Spain we have only the 10% white vinegar. Can I use it?

  2. Thanks so much Melissa! You have helped me get back my motivation and giving me excellent cleaning hacks and ideas… My house looks and smells amazing 🙂

  3. Hey, Melissa, your blog recipe reverses the amounts of vinegar and olive oil compared to the video. I take it the one in the video is the correct one since it uses less olive oil, right? Thanks!

  4. Hi- Your YouTube video says to use 3T vinegar and 1T olive oil. This article states 1T vinegar and 3T olive oil. Which is correct? Thanks!!


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