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Why Lemon Oil for Furniture? Ask Annie

Why Lemon Oil for Furniture? Ask Annie

Dear Annie,
Could you tell me why lemon oil is used on furniture? –Sally

Dear Sally,
Yes, there is a rhyme and reason for using lemon oil for wood furniture polish. It is used because it is so lubricating and antiseptic. Just make sure to use pure lemon oil, not the commonly available lemon oil furniture polish that is full of petroleum distillates. One way to find out if the furniture polish has petroleum in it is to read the label for cautions. “Flammable” is a good indicator that petroleum distillates are included! The purest lemon oil is available from herbalists and those used for medicinal purposes.

As an added bonus, lemon oil is an antidepressant, uplifting, and invigorating! Why not get happier when you clean? –Annie

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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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8:34AM PDT on May 4, 2013


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8:11AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

good to know.

3:35AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Thank you :)

8:27AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

good to know

12:12PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013


8:57AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

orange oil works well, particularly for darker woods

1:54AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you for posting.

3:03AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.:)

3:29PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

I love the scent.

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