DIY Merry Wives Furniture Polish

hand with a rag to dust the wood furniture

This is an old fashioned (not totally natural but very effective) recipe that Wendyl found in one of her books, it used to be called ‘Merry Wives of Windsor Balm’.

I’m not sure what the addition of lemon balm does to this, as the smell of turps somewhat overpowers the lemon scent, but it is such a good polish I didn’t mess with the recipe.

It will solidify over time, but you simply need to heat it by sitting it in the sun or next to a heater for a while and then give it a good shake to restore it to its glorious unctuous self.

DIY Merry Wives Furniture Polish

250 ml turps
80 g beeswax
20 g Sunlight Soap, grated
250 ml tea, made from infusing a handful of lemon balm leaves in boiling water
20 drops essential oil

Place beeswax and turps in a double boiler. Heat gently and do not take your eye off the mixture, as turps is highly flammable. Do not breathe in or get this on your skin.

When they are combined put to one side and melt the grated soap in the lemon balm tea. When both mixtures are cool mix together until creamy then add the essential oil. Pour into a wide-mouthed jar.

To use put a little on a cloth and polish away.

 

Comments 5

  1. Will this polish get rid of sticky tape marks left on my tall boy. This particular piece of furniture was taped around when we were moving house and I simply cannot get rid of those marks.

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  2. I had same problem with tape on Rimu table. I used a product called De-Solv-It, a sticky spot and stain remover with natural citrus base. Have even used on clothing to remove sticky label. I think I purchased at hardware store, not sure its available in supermarket. Can use on any surface for tar, gum, crayon whatever.

    1. Regarding removal of glue, have used De-Solv-It myself on packaging tape residue. May need a couple of applications but it work very well.

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