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Household Ingredients to Make Floor Wax

    Olive Oil & Carrier Oils

    • Plain olive oil or unscented carrier oils are used as a safe, effective base for floor wax. When combined with essential oils and shredded wax, olive oil or other plain oils smell and work as well or better than ready-to-use products that contain harsh chemicals. Oil conditions the wood, keeping it soft and decreasing the likelihood of splintering.

    Essential Oils

    • Essential oils are aromatic liquids derived from a variety of plant sources, then distilled to create concentrated oil. Essential oils come from the seeds, roots, flowers and leaves of plants. Citrus oils are frequently used in cleaning products due to their clean, strong scent and disinfecting properties, but lavender oil is just as effective. Essential oils are combined with carrier oils, wax and other ingredients, such as vinegar or vodka, to create floor cleansers and wax. A few drops of a good-quality essential oil can be mixed with each cup of olive oil, then applied to floors sparingly with a clean cloth.

    Vodka & Vinegar

    • Vinegar helps clean the floor, even when mixed with olive or carrier oil. Use one part vinegar for every two parts oil. The vinegar will cleanse the floor during the waxing process. A tablespoon of vodka or mineral spirits added to each cup will help the wood absorb the oil.


    • To wax a floor you need some type of wax; an ounce of shredded beeswax or carnauba wax works well and is found easily at natural-food supply stores or hardware stores. You can leave the wax out of the recipe and still concoct an excellent floor polish, but you'll have to add some to the mixture if you want to seal the wood and create a more protective barrier.

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