How to clean old wood furniture naturally

How to clean old wood furniture naturally

How to clean old wood furniture naturally

How to clean old wood furniture naturally without using synthetic materials which could at times cause more damage than good. Maintaining old wood furniture is actually a pretty easy job but because we’re dealing with old wood furniture and the question is to clean the old wood furniture wisely using natural products and maintain it in the best possible way. In this blog post, I’ll share my homemade wood furniture cleaning secrets which contain natural wood cleaners because store-bought chemicals can tend to be aggressive.

How to clean old wood furniture naturally

We’re going to follow some natural homemade recipes that will not only revive your favorite staple wood pieces but they’re also very eco-friendly, safer alternatives which do absolutely no harm to your staple pieces because there aren’t any harsh chemicals in them.

So to start off, we know that purchasing high-quality wood can sometimes be an investment that most people would avoid because they feel as though it isn’t worth the price-point but truth be told wood furniture has many advantages as that one piece of wood furniture can be used as a decor staple and set the tone for the rest of the furniture pieces which brings in a completely new feel to your living space.

Not only can wood furniture be used as a decor staple, they require low maintenance due to their durability and strength which is why certain old wood furniture staples are even passed down as antiques or heirlooms in the family.

Prepping The Old Wood Furniture

Everything requires some care or some cleaning to do before we get to the actual task. The same goes for our wooden furniture. So let us have a look at what preparations do we need to take into consideration.

Step 1: Removing Hardware

Before starting the cleaning process we have to prep the old wood furniture by taking off any removable, non-wood pieces which could be any type of non-structural hardware and so on.

* Do not take apart the furniture from the hardware holding it together

* Take off any hardware you’ll be able to put back easily such as knobs or handles which are used to decorate the furniture

* Remove any decorative items placed on the wood furniture such as pillows, cushions, or drapes.

Step 2: Vacuuming or dusting off the dirt

  • Vacuum or dust off any accumulated dirt that is apparent on furniture.
  • And carefully take a rag to remove any dirt that may be stuck in the small crevices of the old wood furniture.
  • Remember to be gentle and do this process very carefully and use a stationary brush to avoid any sort of unnecessary damage.



How to clean old wood furniture naturally

Things you’ll need




Lemon juice


White vinegar


Spray bottles or a jar


A soft towel or any type of microfiber cloth


Specific oils that have been discussed below for each recipe

You can even use essential oils such as lavender oil if you’d like to add a fragrance to it


The following recipes are all customizable so don’t worry if you don’t have a specific oil laying around somewhere. The main purpose of homemade wood furniture cleaners is that you can find these items easily in your house so it’s a fun DIY project with very little hassle.


Wood clean does not have to be a burden or a very complex thing, to begin with. Although wood requires extra care because of its nature as it absorbs moisture quickly and can get destroyed easily. With basic ingredients on your kitchen shelf, you can maintain your wooden furniture and flooring very easily.


This is a very simple DIY remedy for day to day use at your homes or offices.

  1. Water 1 cup
  2. Vinegar 1 cup
  3. Olive oil 1 tablespoon
  4. Spray bottle

One of the most basic recipes to restore your old wood furniture is having a mixture of White vinegar, olive oil, and water mixed well together.

Step 1: Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar in a spray bottle/jar

Step 2: Add in 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Step 3: Spray it directly on the surface and gently wipe the surface or area of the wood that you’re cleaning.

Since we are dealing with old pieces of wood having a gentle hand on it is important. This works well to remove any tough grime on your wood furniture and even comes in handy as a stain remover


Some wooden furniture needs more attention when it comes to cleaning them due to more damage.

  1. Vinegar 1 tablespoon
  2. Olive oil 2 tablespoons
  3. Spray bottle/ jar

Step 1: Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar with 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a jar.

Step 2: Mix well

Step 3: While doing it for occasional heavy-duty purposes while dealing with really old furniture we will do it in patches one at a time 

Step 4: Increase it when required since we are focused on certain areas that require restoration in these cases.

I have noticed that this is one of the best recipes when it comes to keeping your old or even new wood furniture looking polished and clean.


1 cup of water
¼ cup of white vinegar
2 teaspoon mineral oil or coconut oil
15 drops of lemon oil
1 empty spray bottle
Microfiber cloth or soft cloth

Step 1: Mix together water, white vinegar, mineral oil, and lemon oil in a spray bottle.

Step 2: Shake well

Step 3: Spray directly onto the surface where you need it

Step 4: Wipe it off with a soft cloth

Note: Shake well before every time you use it as oil and water are heterogenous which do not mix well together.


4 tablespoons mineral oil or olive oil  
1/4 cup vinegar  
2 teaspoons lemon juice  
1 empty spray bottle  
Soft cloth  

Step 1: Mix together all the above-given list of ingredients in a spray bottle

Step 2: Shake vigorously

Step 3: Spray directly onto the wooden surface you want to clean or polish (wooden chairs or dining table)

Step 4: Wipe it clean with a soft cloth

Once again do not forget to shake vigorously before every use. 


4 cups warm water  
1 teaspoon Castile soap “don’t worry castile soap has zero preservatives it’s made from vegetable oils.”  
10 drops lemon essential oil or any essential oil of your preference  (optional)  
Empty spray bottle  

Step 1: Make a solution using the items listed in the table above

Step 2: Apply over or pour gently over the wooden flooring little at a time

Step 3: Using a mop with a soft head spread the solution evenly

Note: It is always advised that you remove any dust prior to applying any cleaning solution or polish.


This is a very very simple one-ingredient DIY to maintain your wooden furniture. It does absolute wonders and gets rid of all that dull old polish on your wooden furniture that has been lying over it and is a shame for your precious coffee table or maybe wooden patio chairs. Let us get straight to what you’ll need.

Things You will need:

  • 4 tea bags
  • Boiling water
  • A soft piece of cloth


Step 1: In hot boiling water soak your tea bags in.

Step 2: Let it sit in it for a while as this is the step where we are trying to extract tannic acid present in tea.

Step 3: Cool the tea and let it come to room temperature before using it on your furniture.

Step 4: Take a soft cloth and soak it with the tea water. Remove the excess water by squeezing the cloth. It should be damp not dripping tea water.

Step 5: Now you can wash the wood.

Tip: Do not throw away those tea bags rather let them cool down naturally or keep them in the refrigerator. The tannins present in the tea help get rid of all that puffiness/ eye bags. Poof Poof ????


Trust me on this like this is the simplest DIY that you will ever find and the thing you need is I mean available at every single house (unless you don’t care about your basic dental hygiene). LOL yes, you have guessed it right! All you need is a non-gel toothpaste. 

Things need:

  • Non-gel toothpaste
  • A soft piece of cloth


  • On an area where maybe someone had put a hot or cold glass of tea or water put some of the non-gel toothpaste.
  • With a help of a soft cloth rub the toothpaste until the ring mark is completely gone.

Method 2: (for stubborn stains)

  • Take equal ratios of the toothpaste and baking soda.
  • Apply them where needed.
  • Clean them off with a slightly damp piece of cloth. 
  • Keep that air flow coming and make sure to dry thoroughly.


Be it adults or kids we all love are ink pens. And at times they do get on our precious wooden furniture. Let us find out how to remove them.


  • 2 tablespoons Baking soda 
  • 2 teaspoons Water


Step 1: Mix together baking soda and water to make a smooth paste.

Step 2: With a light hand using a soft piece of cloth rub gently.

Step 3: Once the stain mark is removed completely. Using a clean slightly damp cloth remove the paste and let dry.


A layer of fresh polish always helps to protect your furniture and revives it for longer healthier life also adds that beautiful shiny finish to it.

  • You can either use ready-made lemon oil or make one yourself.


  • 1 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  1. Mix them well together
  2. Take a soft cloth and pour over it
  3. Make sure that you work it into the wood in the direction of its grain
  4. Do this until you achieve that shiny look


  • If you’re going to be using remember that we are dealing with old furniture so take it one step at a time without saturating your old wood furniture with your homemade cleaners.

  • Be gentle and use swiping motions so that we can avoid putting any unnecessary strain on the furniture this will help us avoid accidental scratches or indents that may be caused to due excessive force that we might exert on it.

  • In case you are dealing with antiques which do require a gentle hand to deal with them.

  • But most other old wood pieces are pretty sturdy so applying some pressure won’t do any harm especially if you’re dealing with some dirt and grime that has accumulated on that surface for far too long, using a toothbrush also helps because it’s a lot gentler than the pressure we apply by our own hands remember this tip while dealing with tricky areas it makes the job easier.

  • Try to use a damp cloth and once you’re done cleaning the furniture with that, Remember to go over the area with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any moisture this will leave your furniture polished and when it is struck by the light you’ll see a pretty sheen off of it.


Following these quick and easy steps, you’ll be left with your old wood furniture looking as good as new. This process can be applied to any old wood furniture that you may have laying around your house even if it’s a simple piece of wood furniture that might have aged a few years or some type of antique or heirloom that might have been passed down from previous generations. So give it a go and try it out for yourselves ????

Hope this article was of use to you and you were able to get the answers to your queries on how to clean old wood furniture naturally. We tried to put all the major wood stain issues in this article, however, if we did miss out on anything or if there is anything you would like us to talk about do let me know in the comment box down below. I will be more than happy to look into your concern. Happy cleaning your wooden furniture and flooring. Stay safe stay blessed! ????

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