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How do you make a cleaning solution with vinegar for wood?

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For a vinegar-based wood cleaner, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with 1/2 cup of water and add 1/8 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 8 drops of rosemary essential oil. Blend the mixture and place it in a spray bottle.

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The vinegar and dish soap provide the cleaning power for this wood cleaner, while the oils provide a moisturizing shine. The soap also helps to keep the oils in suspension in the water, but it should be mixed each time before spraying. Always label spray bottles when using homemade cleaners, as many of these mixtures look and smell alike. Spray the cleaner directly on the wood or onto a soft cloth to clean the surface.

These ingredients are commonly on hand in a home's pantry, but most are available in the grocery store. If a store does not have essential oils, check with a health food store or order them online. Most grocery and home improvement stores have spray bottles for homemade cleaners.

For a homemade furniture polish that also cleans wood, mix 1 cup of olive oil with 1/4 cup of vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Do not spray this mixture directly onto the wood. Spray it onto a soft cloth and work it into the wood, working with the grain. Use a soft brush to reach into detail work on the furniture.

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