Today’s consumers are more eco-conscious than ever before, and are careful to avoid harmful chemical additives in both their food and common household products such as low odor paints. Brands have responded to the demand for more eco-friendly and safe products by creating a variety of low VOC paints, non toxic spray paints, and even organic household cleaners such as natural wood conditioner.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly way to maintain the beauty of your wooden floors and furniture, consider making your own wood conditioner. In addition to major cost savings, there are several benefits to making homemade wood conditioner, such as avoiding potentially dangerous toxic chemicals. The best part is that making your own wood conditioner only requires a few simple household ingredients that you probably have laying around already!
Most DIY wood conditioners call for a mixture of oil, vinegar, a touch of lemon juice, and essential oils for scent. But what oils work best? Here’s a simple breakdown:
Because food-grade mineral oil is a petroleum product, it may not be the best choice in terms of eco-friendliness. But if you already have some laying around, it’s better to put it to good use than it is to put it to waste. Mineral oil can be an effective wood conditioner that restores the natural sheen and luster of wood. It’s inexpensive, non toxic, and even safe to use on wooden cutting boards. In addition, mineral oil can soak into the surface of wood and fill in its pores. This helps to repel small crumbs and pieces of food.
Olive oil has been a prized commodity for thousands of years, and is naturally rich in essential vitamins and restorative fatty acids. Because of its inherent properties, olive oil is an excellent wood conditioner that can breathe new life into old, lackluster wood. Olive oil feeds and nourishing wood by soaking into into the grain, leaving wood looking shiny and vibrant. Using olive oil to condition wood will keep it looking naturally shiny year after year. Unlike mineral oil, olive oil is a completely natural product and is plant-based. It’s completely safe and non-toxic.
Coconut oil makes everything better, right? This versatile oil is not only an excellent hair and skin conditioner, but it can also be used to restore and maintain wood. Like olive oil, coconut is nutrient rich and acts as a powerful moisturizer. Coconut oil has to ability to rehydrate dry or damaged wood, and can even be used to diminish the barn smell of old wood. As such, it’s a popular choice for DIY crafters that work with drift or salvaged wood. Furthermore, coconut oil is plant-based, non-toxic, and is safe for people and pets.
Wood is a beautiful natural material that can last for generations when well maintained. Using natural wood conditioners is a great way to care for wooden floors and furniture without having to sacrifice quality or eco-friendliness.
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