For about four years now I have been cleaning my wood furniture with a very simple mixture. I'm not even sure where I found this but it has worked wonders for me. I've used it on the showcase table and on the drawer and stool repurposed as a small table.
But I have never really shared it with all of you, not properly. Today I am going to correct that and show you how to easily clean wood with just 2 ingredients. A great way to upcycle items!
One part olive oil
One part vinegar
The how to:
Simply pour the olive oil and vinegar into a jar and shake! No we are not making salad dressing. When you are ready to apply, just dip a clean peace of cotton cloth into the mixture and rub it onto the wood.
Below you can see a section of a wooden miniature sailboat. This is before I added the mixture.
I simply rub it into the wood, wait a few minutes for it soak in and then wipe off the excess. It is that easy.
Another example with an old piece of wood that was looking pretty thirsty.
After you can actually see some color on the wood piece.
This is my friend's headboard. As you can see it was looking pretty dull. We had discussed adding stain or paint to liven it up...
In the end she went with the oil and vinegar mixture. Yes, that's all it took to revive the tired wood. See how fresh and alive it looks now.
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Even an ikea wooden cutlery caddy looks better after this treatment.
It serves two purposes, it cleans the dirt and grime off the wood...
While at the same time giving moisture to the thirsty wood! And a nice shine to boot.
Did I mention that it environmentally friendly? No one wants to be using chemicals and strange products on their precious wood!
And there you have it!
A cleaner and rejuvenator, and an easy way to upcycle your wooden items all in one small jar. Using the most humble ingredients!
And speaking of upcycling this little blog has been included in the Top 100 Upcycling Blogs list compiled by Feedspot! I am truly humbled to be in such great company. Go check it out and discover some new blogs!
And that is my simple tip for how to easily clean wood with just 2 ingredients. To keep them clean and rejuvenated.
Have you ever used this "salad dressing" method or do you use other natural products to clean your wood?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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