Healthy alternatives

Brand nameProduct description
Clapham’sHemp wood wax with beeswax

With essential oils

Brand nameProduct description
Earth Friendly Products ECOSFurniture Polish+ Cleaner, Orange


It is possible to wax your wooden furniture with simply olive or almond oil.

The following recipe can be prepared to polish your furniture: Mix one cup of oil with half a cup of either white vinegar or lemon juice. Shake the mixture well. Apply a small quantity on your furniture with a soft cloth. Then use another soft cloth to gently polish the surface of the furniture. Test a small area to make sure that it works well.

Avoid the following chemicals in regular products

Ammonia: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes and respiratory and digestive tract

Petroleum distillates: possible carcinogens depending on the degree of purification (possible contamination by butadiene), allergens

Butane gas: neurotoxic, mild cardiac sensitizer

Mineral oil: possible carcinogen depending on the degree of purification, allergen

Morpholine: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes and the respiratory and digestive tracts

Nitrobenzene: possible carcinogen (confirmed in animals), cause of methemoglobinemia, toxic for reproduction and neurotoxic

Synthetic fragrances: allergens

Phenol: irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes and respiratory and digestive tract

Propane: neurotoxic, mild cardiac sensitizer

Turpentine: irritant to skin, eyes and upper respiratory tract, neurotoxic, skin and respiratory sensitizer

Aerosol products can disperse nanoparticles, which are potentially toxic if inhaled. Some products may also contain formaldehyde and carcinogenic nitrosamines.