Essential Oils for Wellness and Well Being
Cleaning the Furniture
by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on November 1st, 2015

​We just had some new wood floors put in our master suite so I used that as an excuse to freshen up some furniture.  With three easy recipes I wiped down all the wood furniture, cleaned the leather chair and ottoman, and the cleaning the fur smell of cat from our white couch.  In total I probably spent 5 minutes making the cleaning concoctions and 2 hours cleaning but what a difference it made.
The leather chair and ottoman has made it through three houses with us and been in a TV room, the family room, the living room, and now my office.  It is a beautiful burgundy leather chair with nailhead trim and a matching ottoman.  In fact it is so pretty that the cats love to chill on it when they hang out in my office.   I also have a bad habit of stacking things on said chair.  It really needed a good cleaning.  This was so easy and quick I will take better care of the chair now.
Leather Cleaner
   ½ cup olive oil
   ½ cup vinegar
   15 drops lemon essential oil
   8 oz or greater glass spray bottle
​I just mixed it all up in a spray bottle and working side by side sprayed the chair and with a clean cloth worked the cleaner then let it sit about 10 minutes.  Basically by the time I got all the sides sprayed and worked the cleaner in it was time to go over it and wipe off the extra oil.  So easy to do and the chair and ottoman look great, even the scratches are harder to see now.
Next I decided to tackle the wood furniture.  My armoire and bureau are cartoon big but since everything was already cleared from the areas to be cleaned I decided to clean that as well.  I use this recipe for all my wood furniture and floors.  
Wood Cleaner
   1 gallon warm water
   2 tbsp liquid castile soap
   15 drops of Citrus Essential Oil (Lemon, Wild          Orange, or other citrus oil)

​Just mix it all in directly in a bucket.  Using a rag or sponge apply to the furniture without leaving any puddles or the piece to wet.   The best part is that there is no need to rinse.
​Finally I attacked my white couch.  Did I mention I have four cats who love to rest, nap, fight, and just be on my white couch and that none of my cats are white or even light colored.  By the time I got to the couch it was covered in an interested mixture of dust from the work being done and fur from the cats.  I vacuumed the couch very thoroughly removing all the pillows and cushions and vacuuming them as well.  Then I used this little gem of a recipe.
Upholstery Cleaner
   ¼ cup of baking soda
   5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (I used cedarwood for this job)
   12 oz Spray bottle
Put the baking soda in the spray bottle and add the essential oil.  Fill the bottle with water (I use filtered) and shake it until all the baking soda has dissolved and the ingredients are mixed together. Spray on to eliminate the odors and freshen up the upholstery.  Voila!  You are done.
​I do recommend with all of these doing a test as you would with any cleaner to make sure it does not damage your furniture.  I have used them a number of times with no issues but better to be safe than sorry.

So again with those three simple recipes likely made with things you have in the house (if you need essential oils contact me and I can tell you all about my favorite kind and even help you get some) and a few hours I cleaned all my furniture so they were as pretty as my new wood floors.  
​Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email at or at her website: 

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