— plain olive oil is great for cleaning and polishing wood surfaces, though you can use a cheaper grade than what’s used for cooking. Most green cleaning recipes call for some combination of olive oil and lemon or vinegar (yes, you’re cleaning with salad dressing — for a floor you could eat off). The ratio of vinegar, oil and water will vary depending on the the type of wood and the finish you have on top of it. For wood floors, try 1/4 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of hot water. For wood furniture, start with 1 cup vinegar with 1 teaspoon oil. For both recipes, “adjust to taste.”

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