It’s happened more than a few times…
You know in the movies when some very important inspector with a white glove glides his hand across the mantle of a sweet woman’s home and finds what he suspected all along? Well, I feel like I keep living out that scene in real life.
Thankfully, the scene doesn’t end in the inspector glaring at me with dirty fingertips…but it does end with dust flying in the air and my house guest looking a little embarassed. Why do house guests run their hands across my mantle? I have no idea, but it’s happened more than a few times.
Each time I swear I’ll be better about polishing my furniture…but then I get distracted and play with my son or do other chores or do anything other than wipe up dust bunnies.
In effort to avoid any more soiled white glove inspections–and really, just to keep my house clean–I’ve made this homemade wood polish. It’s easy, non-toxic and smells lemon-y fresh! You should try it!
Ps. Did you know that dust bunnies likely contain some blend of human skin flakes, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabrics, tracked-in soil, soot, particulate matter from smoking and cooking, lead, arsenic, pesticides, and even DDT. Who cares about the white gloves! I just want those things OUT of my house. (source)
Homemade Wood Polish
1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon jojoba oil or olive oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
Combine ingredients in a small glass jar. Cover with lid and invert the jar a few times to mix the ingredients. The lemon juice helps pull dirt out of the wood, the oil moisturizes and gives it a nice sheen and the lemon essential oil is great at cutting grease and removing sticky residues.
Dip a cloth into the liquid and wipe furniture.
Au revoir dust bunnies! xo, Allison
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