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How to Clean Your Wood Furniture Without Toxic Products

When you are thinking about cleaning your wood furniture, vinyl, or leather, you might want to stay away from furniture polish you buy at the grocery store or drug store because they contain very toxic ingredients such as waxes, oils, solvents, pastes, lotion, and sprays used to restore, polish, clean, or shine the wood or wood products.

Before we begin cleaning the furniture, I feel that it is very essential to warn you about the dangers of using toxic wood polish before telling you how to clean your wood furniture.

General furniture polish (found in the grocery stores and drugs stores) can be a toxic mix of agents (waxes and oils), solvents (spirits and naphtha), emulsifiers, propellants, and other additives for color and fragrances.

A person or pet can be poisoned by either inhaling or swallowing the furniture polish.  Furniture polish is deadly to pet birds so please do not use this if you have pet birds in your home!  In people, inhaling the fumes can cause breathing difficulties if inhaled, asphyxiation, due to lack of oxygen, and fever and lethargy.  [Resources]

If furniture polish gets on the skin, it can cause severe skin irritation and burns, blindness to the eyes, severe pain in the mouth and throat, food pipe and even burning of the stomach.

With these warnings in mind, I highly suggest using safer furniture polish with no side effects such as Rustic Touch Furniture Polish.  You can clean wood, vinyl, and leather with Rustic Touch Furniture Polish. It contains no chemical propellants which keep the air in your home safer.  It has a natural carnauba wax, the hardest of all natural waxes, does not cause a cloudy buildup or oily residue, and dries crystal clear.

First:

    • Dust to remove the surface dirt.
    • Remove soiling with a gentle cleaner such as a weak solution of water and dishwashing soap in a plastic bucket.
    • Dip a clean cloth into the solution and wring out well to wipe off the surface until clean.
    • Rinse often and repeat until clean.  
    • If water solution gets dirty, empty it,, then make a new solution of water and dishwashing soap.
  • Dry damp surface with a clean, dry cloth.

Next:

    • Remove the old furniture polish.
    • Make a solution using 2 bags of tea, steeped in boiling water, then cooled off to room temperature.
    • Wring out a soft cloth in the tea until it is damp.
    • Wipe off the wood.  The tannic acid from the tea maintains the wood.
    • Remove water stains with non-gel toothpaste.  
    • Put a little non-gel toothpaste on the spot and rub with a soft cloth until stain is gone.
    • For stubborn stains, use equal parts of baking soda, to an equal part of non-gel toothpaste, and wipe off with a soft cloth
    • Remove ink marks by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of water into a thin paste.
    • Apply paste to ink marks and rub gently with a soft cloth until stain disappears.
  • Wipe off with a clean damp cloth and dry thoroughly with a clean dry towel.

Next:

    • If you have furniture made of cloth and wood, cover the cloth part with old clean sheets or towels.
    • Cover the floor around the furniture because carnauba wax or other natural wax will make the floor very slippery or soil your rug.
    • After your wood furniture is clean apply a layer of non-toxic wood polish such as Rustic Touch Furniture Polish.
  • Make a homemade non-toxic furniture polish with 1 cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of white vinegar.  Pour it on the cloth and wipe with the grain.[Resources]

If you would like to learn more about Rustic Touch Furniture Polish, or add it to your house cleaning supplies, please go to my website, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Contact Me Now,” sign up or contact me on my Facebook page or Facebook Messenger, and I will personally reply to you with information as soon as possible!  🙂

~Barbara

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