Almost all commercially available floor and furniture waxes contain neurotoxic petroleum-based solvents. Neurotoxic chemicals can cause headaches, lack of concentration, irritability, and more, and are best avoided and substitutes used. A few safe commercially available products, such as Furniture Scents, are available online or at health food stores.
Here is a simple, elegant polish formula to make yourself that is solvent free, inexpensive, and easy enough to make. Protect your furniture, your health, and the environment.
Basic Polishing Cream Waxing Formula
- 4 ounces oil (2 1/2 ounces olive oil or jojoba, 1 1/2 ounces coconut oil)
- 1 ounce beeswax
- 1 ounce carnauba wax
- 4 ounces distilled water
Melt the oils and waxes in a double boiler over medium heat. Remove from the heat, pour in the water, and mix with a hand mixer until thick and creamy. Dab some cream onto a soft cotton rag and rub into the furniture. Buff and polish until the oils are well worked into the wood.
Shelf Life: 6 months to a year