How to clean wooden furniture – the natural way

Just like all of us, wooden furniture needs a bit of TLC to stay in tip-top condition

Man cleaning a wooden table

Furniture made of wood has a warm, ageless charm. Part of the appeal is the fact that it’s a natural material, so you may want to keep strong, man-made cleaning chemicals well away. It’s good to know how to clean wooden tables, chairs and other furniture gently instead. Here are a couple of natural cleaning recipes that you can make at home to clean wooden furniture naturally.

Read on to find out the best way to clean old wood furniture:

Solution 1: How to clean wooden furniture with just water, vinegar and olive oil

This cleaning solution is great to freshen up and lightly clean varnished wooden furniture. Olive oil adds moisture and shine to wood, while vinegar cuts through sticky grease and acts as a mild disinfectant.

You will need:

  • 250ml water
  • 250ml vinegar
  • 1tbsp olive oil

Mix these together into a spray bottle and use as described below.

Solution 2: How to clean wooden furniture with lemon juice

Containing no water, this mixture works well as a furniture polish to brighten up and care for wooden tables and chairs. The lemon juice is a mild disinfectant which also leaves a lovely fresh scent behind. The amount you need depends on the area you want to cover. Follow these ingredient proportions:

  • 2 parts vinegar
  • 2 parts olive oil
  • 1 part lemon juice

As with the first solution, you can mix these ingredients in a spray bottle, or in a bowl if the amount you’re making won’t fit into a spray bottle.

Now here’s how to clean grime off wooden furniture using one of these solutions.

Clean a wooden table with your homemade furniture cleaner

Now you’ve got your natural cleaning solution at the ready, here how to clean wood tables, cupboards and other types of furniture. First you’re going to want to test it in an inconspicuous area before using it all over your table. Once you’ve tested it, you can find out how easy it is to care for a wooden table and polish it to its former glory.

  1. Give the item a wipe down to remove solid dirt. If there is any encrusted dirt on the surface, polish it off with a strong, dry paper towel. If your table has narrow angles where dust and dirt can collect, try folding your paper towel into a stiff point to clear them out before you apply your homemade polish.
  2. Spray your chosen solution over the surface or dip a piece of kitchen paper into a bowl of your mixture.
  3. Rub it over the surface of the table with a piece of moistened kitchen paper in large, circular movements, going with the grain of the wood. Add more of the mixture as needed to the table or the paper towel.
  4. Go over the surface of the table again with a fresh piece of kitchen paper to pick up any excess solution, and to dry and buff the table to a glowing finish.
  5. Pay attention to any corners and narrow angles where excess solution might collect¬. Again, fold your paper towel into a point to get into all the hard-to-reach areas.


Choose a strong and absorbent paper towel to polish off all the excess cleaning solution effectively and leave a smooth, shining result. Plenty Kitchen Towels are not only super absorbent, but also strong enough to scrub and wring out as you clean.

So, there you have it – a simple way to clean wooden furniture naturally and leave it glowing!

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