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5 Household Items for Cleaning Furniture

Shoe Polish

If you're out of olive oil or need to save the last few drops for dinner, grab some shoe polish to fix up your wood furniture instead.

First, place the tin of polish in a warm spot in the kitchen or near the furnace to soften it. This way, it will spread and penetrate easily. Next, use a soft cloth to apply the polish and work it into the wood. Finally, use another soft cloth to buff the wood to a shine.

Clear polish works with all woods. Lighter browns work well with walnut and similarly-colored wood, and darker polish works better with darker woods. The polish can even help fill in and/or hide minor scratches and nicks in the wood.