1. Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner
Seventh Generation produces a wide selection of green cleaners and personal products. They are environmentally conscious and use recycled bottles that can later be recycled again. All of their products have full disclosure of ingredients including their lemon chamomile scented wood cleaner. The wood cleaner works well and smells somewhat lemony, but slightly spicier that typical lemon scented cleaners. Typically I get mine from Target which carries most Seventh Generation products at reasonable prices. My last 18 oz. bottle was $4.99.
As in most natural cleaners, it doesn’t leave the slick shine of chemical wood sprays; however, it cleans well, doesn’t hurt the furniture and leaves a pleasant scent. I typically use Seventh Generation in my housecleaning business, because the scents all work together. Most of their cleaning products are scented with lemongrass which is also a spicy citrusy scent.
2. Method Wood for Good Daily Clean
Method products are also carried by Target as well as many other grocery and department stores now. I personally love Method products, but typically don’t use them in my business since the scents are so atypical and unique.
The wood cleaner smells like almonds similar to the cherry almond scent of original Jergens lotion. It works as well as Seventh Generation, but also doesn’t leave much shine. It is a more cost-effective green wood cleaner at $5.99 for a 28 oz. bottle at my local store.
3. Murphy Clean and Shine Orange Oil Spray
I currently have a bottle of Murphy Orange Oil Spray and it also works similarly to Method and Seventh Generation wood cleaners. It is much less expensive at $2.98 for a 22 oz. bottle from Walmart. It has a nice orange scent which smells the way you would expect a wood cleaner to smell.
I would just use this cleaner in my business because of the price; however, it is not a true green cleaner. Even though the label says it is 98% natural, it contains non-disclosed fragrance and preservatives as well as Lauramidopropylamine oxide which can cause eye and skin irritation.
4. Homemade Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
In a bowl combine equal parts lemon juice to olive oil. Then apply to rag, wipe and buff. This works, it’s all natural and fairly inexpensive. I don’t use it because I don’t want to mix the oil each time. I tried to mix it with a 50/50 ratio and keep it in a spray bottle, but it went rancid in about a week. I also do not like having to buff the furniture. Although this formula would work to add moisture to furniture in dry climates.
It can also be messy and get on your clothing or cloth furniture if you are not careful. Olive oil is hard to remove from clothing. Overall, it turns dusting which is one of my favorite cleaning tasks into harder work which I don’t want.