Make your own wooden floor polish!
According to Sheherazade Goldsmith in her book A Slice of Organic Life, you can clean unvarnished wood easily and well with a dab of vinegar on a slightly damp cloth. This is a very effective cleaner. Or you can do the same with a little olive oil on a cloth which will polish and protect your wood. Or you can try making your own beeswax polish and apply it sparingly. Use a lint-free cloth (microfiber clothes are good) and buff well.
Your own wooden floor polish:
- Grate one fourth cup beeswax into a small ceramic bowl or glass measuring cup (grating helps to speed up the melting process.) Put the bowl into a shallow pan of boiling water.
- When the beeswax has completely melted, remove it from the heat and slowly add one fourth cup of turpentine. Mix thoroughly. Turpentine, made from the resin of coniferous trees, is an environmentally friendly solvent.
- Transfer the mixture to a small, clean, screw-top jar or pot. Turpentine has a strong odor so add a few drops of lavender, orange, lemon, pine oil or other scented essential oil extract to the mix when the polish is cool, but still soft.
A Slice of Organic Life: Editor-in-chief Sheherazade Goldsmith