This natural lemon pine wood cleaner recipe smells fresh and helps to shine and protect wood surfaces. It is also very affordable to make, with a small amount going a long way!
Lemon Pine Wood Cleaner Ingredients
- 4 ounces of olive oil
- 4 ounces of white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon of lemon essential oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of pine essential oil
Lemon Pine Wood Cleaner Instructions
Mix ingredients in a sealed glass bottle. Shake, then apply a small amount with a soft cloth to buff, shine, treat, and clean wood. Wear gloves.
Lemon Pine Wood Cleaner Research
- At a dilution of 2.5%, pine oil was effective against certain airborne fungi. This can help improve indoor air quality. From: Motiejūnaitė, O., & Dalia Pečiulytė, D. (2004). Fungicidal properties of Pinus sylvestris L. for improvement of air quality. Medicina (Kaunas), 8, 787-794.
- Pinus peuce showed antimicrobial activity against multiple pathogens tested. From: Karapandzova, M., Stefkov, G., Trajkovska-Dokic, E., Kaftandzieva, A., & Kulevanova, S. (2011). Antimicrobial activity of needle essential oil of Pinus peuce Griseb.(Pinaceae) from Macedonian flora. Macedonian pharmaceutical bulletin, 57(1), 2.
- Phenolic constituents of the following plants showed in vitro antimicrobial activity: purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria.), willow herb (Epilobium angustifolium), cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus), raspberry (Rubus idaeus), white birch (Betula pubescens), pine (Pinus sylvestris) and potato (Solanum tuberosum). From: Rauha, J. P., Remes, S., Heinonen, M., Hopia, A., Kähkönen, M., Kujala, T., … & Vuorela, P. (2000). Antimicrobial effects of Finnish plant extracts containing flavonoids and other phenolic compounds. International journal of food microbiology, 56(1), 3-12.
- The following essential oils and their constituents in order of effectiveness were active against pathogens in apple juice: against E. coli: carvacrol, oregano oil, geraniol, eugenol, cinnamon leaf oil, citral, clove bud oil, lemongrass oil, cinnamon bark oil, and lemon oil, and against S. enterica: melissa oil, carvacrol, oregano oil, terpeineol, geraniol, lemon oil, citral, lemongrass oil, cinnamon leaf oil, and linalool. From: Friedman, M., Henika, P. R., Levin, C. E., & Mandrell, R. E. (2004). Antibacterial activities of plant essential oils and their components against Escherichia coli O157: H7 and Salmonella enterica in apple juice. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 52(19), 6042-6048
- Out of 21 oils tested, cinnamon, clove, geranium, lemon, lime, orange and rosemary exhibited the strongest activity against the tested bacteria. From: Prabuseenivasan, S., Jayakumar, M., & Ignacimuthu, S. (2006). In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 6(1), 1.
- Vinegar was as effective as tested commercial cleaners in its antimicrobial action on hard surfaces. From: Olson, W., Vesley, D., Bode, M., Dubbel, P., & Bauer, T. (1994). Hard surface cleaning performance of six alternative household cleaners under laboratory conditions. Journal of Environmental Health, 56(6), 27.
- The Vinegar Institute (n.d.). Vinegar. Retrieved in May, 2018. Retrieved from http://versatilevinegar.org/index.html
- WebMD. (n.d.). The best non-toxic ways to clean your home. Retrieved in May, 2018. Retrieved from www.webmd.com
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapy, LMT