I am always on the look out for new homemade cleaning ideas.
We have this old Singer sewing machine:
The photo comes from the web. Ours is missing the knob on the upper right drawer and the wood is not so nice looking. I keep our cable box and DVD player on it.It serves as a great table. I would love to use it as a display piece because the sewing machine is so lovely,but I don't have the space for a display item that big.
I was looking at it the other day,and I wanted to give it some love in the form of polish.
There were very dry areas on the wood,as you can see,and some spots were cracked and coming up. Regular furniture polish wouldn't do,since it doesn't have a varnish on it. I looked around on the internet and found several of the same recipes. I tried it out on this section:
It made quite a difference,so I tried it out on the front.This is before:
And this is after. The photos really don't do it justice.
Here is what i used...white vinegar and olive oil. Yep.That's it.
I didn't want to make a lot of it in case I didn't like the way it worked,so I only made a bit. The recipe is 3 olive oil to 1 vinegar,so I used three tablespoons oil to one tablespoon vinegar,shook it the combo,and rubbed it on the sewing machine with a cloth. I was able to polish the whole sewing machine with less than what I made. It absorbed nicely into the wood,and going on four days later it still looks fabulous!
Furniture polish for pennies on the dollar!!