How to Clean Wood Furniture with Vinegar and Oil

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Wood furniture usually brings about a luxurious and warm look for your house, but it would be quite difficult to clean them.

You can invest in expensive cleaning products to return the original beauty to your furniture. But even if you don’t have much money, don’t worry!!!

You can still clean them with cheap materials. This article will point out several easy steps to clean wood furniture with vinegar and oil.

Step 1: Dilute white vinegar with olive oil

First of all, one part of white vinegar should be mixed with one part of olive oil. You can also add a small squirt of lemon oil or fresh lemon juice if desired.

Then, pour the mixture into a jar, put a lid on the jar, and shake it.


  • Instead of olive oil, you can try 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh lemon juice, 1/8 cup (30 mL) distilled vinegar, and 1/8 cup (30 mL) flax oil to restore your wood furniture.
  • Olive oil and vinegar mixture helps to polish and restore moisture to dry wood, and can remove light scratches and rings from water condensation.
  • Besides having an attractive fragrance, lemon is acidic, so it works as a cleaning agent.

Step 2: Find an area to test

You need to find a small area of wood to test and see whether the solution works or not. Get a bit of the solution on a cloth and rub it around the test area, then buff it dry with a clean cloth.

If you don’t notice any negative effect to the test area, you can proceed with cleaning the whole piece.

Beside testing in advance, if possible, you can also ask the product manufacturer about the proper care instructions for your furniture. It would be even safer.

Step 3: Apply the solution to a cloth

Remember that too much liquid can penetrate the wood and cause damage.

Don’t pour solution directly onto the furniture.

Step 4: Rub the furniture with the moistened cloth

Make sure to distribute the polish evenly. Rub with the grain to remove water marks and scratches.

Switch to a clean area of the cloth, or a new cloth, when you see it becoming visibly dirty.

Step 5: Buff out excess moisture

Use a clean cloth to buff the wood in circular motions. If there is any remaining dirty spot, you can apply the solution again and go back to buffing. Make sure to buff away moisture as the last step.

That’s all for an easy way to clean your wooden furniture. You can use this solution once or twice a year to make the wood become more shiny as well as provide more moisture to the wood surface.

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