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How to Make Solvent-Free Furniture Polish

How to Make Solvent-Free Furniture Polish

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

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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3:19AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Thank you.

2:31AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:01PM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

good suggestion

4:56PM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

Do they sell something similar in the furniture stores?

8:26AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

An old article but it has lots of merit to a new reader- thanks.

10:10PM PDT on Sep 14, 2009

Why not use the sun's power to melt the waxes?

11:12AM PDT on Sep 10, 2009

Oddly enough, you can get carnauba wax through, though I suspect it is probably also available in many of the larger health stores too. It would be helpful if such info was included at the end of articles like this, maybe as links to reliable sources, so those of us who want to try these 'recipes' feel more confident in our ability to find all the ingredients - just a suggestion from a Care2 fan! ;-)

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