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I want to try making my own wood furniture cleaner. I have disgarded all my cans of Pledge, Endust, etc in favor of going green and healthy.

I have multiple recipes and they call for food-grade linseed oil, available at health food stores. They say that linseed oil dries rapidly, thus the popular choice for furniture needs.

So, I called our two local natural food & products stores and ask them about this. They weren't sure if the flax seed oil they sell is the same thing (I don't expect geniuses to work at these places, but some basic knowledge would be helpful!). One hal asked if I wanted capsules to break on my furniture. :

Another gal suggested I call the hardware or paint store for linseed oil. But, the book I am using says that type of linseed oil would be petroleum-processed and I would perfer not having any petroleum distillates. I mean, that's the point of making our own, natural stuff, right?

So, help! Tell me what I can use! Is the regular, for-consumption flax seed oil sold the same thing?

Thanks, in advance for ANY and ALL help/ideas!!!
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I don't know about flaxseed oil but I have used olive oil with success. I just rub it in with one cloth then buff it out with another. I bet linseed would work beautifully. Very good idea but I don't know where to get it either! Anyone else??:

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I use olive oils as well. First I dust with microfiber cloth, then I mix in a few drops of lemon eo with olive oil. I rub a very small amt on the wood and then buff it out with either a flannel cloth or old prefold Works great!

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My MIL just paid big bucks for a wood polish/protector consisting of nothing more than beeswax, olive oil and lemon eo.

But linseed does come from flax, there are different varieties though, some grown for consumption and some for industry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax
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Well in french, flax seeds are called graines de lin, so I would guess linseed oil is the right stuff, but I have to agree that other oils should work too.
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Okay, I bought some regular flax seed oil and will give it a try.

The books say that flax seed/linseed oil dry fast, so that is why I use it. I have used the olive oil+vinegar+eo, and it worked fine, I just want to try a different recipe!

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Let us know how it goes Was it expensive?

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As far as I know, linseed oil is boiled flax seed oil. I've looked into it a little bit in the past... Anyone?
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As far as I know, linseed oil is boiled flax seed oil. I've looked into it a little bit in the past... Anyone?
You are right. It is all made from flax seeds. What they sell at paint & hardware stores is Boiled Linseed Oil. It is all made from flax seeds. But boiled linseed oil also has some other things added to it during the boiling process. Nothing too scary I think. It is boiled to make it dry faster. For floor finishing you want only boiled linseed oil, but I would think that flax seed oil would work great for a cleaner/polish.
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I've got a question- wouldn't using the oil like that leave marks or invite bugs? I guess I'm not seeing how something we cook with like olive oil or something won't encourage bugs....

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