Wood furniture gives your house a warm (and classy) look, but it also tends to get scratched over time. Drew and Jonathan Scott can show you how to heal minor scratches with the help of a walnut (bonus points if the furniture is walnut too).

DIY Ditty Track #3: Thanks To The Walnut

Let’s take it step by step

Here’s how to fill in small scratches in your wood furniture the all-natural way.

  1. Rub a raw walnut over the scratch in circles.
  2. Then rub it over the length of the scratch.
  3. Leave for several minutes to let the oil seep into the wood.
  4. Polish off the excess oil with a soft cloth.

Enjoy your refinished furniture — and don’t forget to say thanks to the walnut.

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Take care (naturally)

Inorganic household materials can take the heat — and harsh chemicals — but natural materials need a softer touch. Here are a few tips for giving your leather, wood, and textiles some green TLC with a handful of simple (and cheap) ingredients.

Wood

Keep wood butcher blocks, cutting boards, serving pieces, and other work surfaces in great shape with homemade, food-safe wood polish. Just combine 4 parts food-grade mineral oil to 1 part food-grade beeswax (you can use more oil for a softer consistency, or sub walnut oil if you don’t cook for people with nut allergies). Melt together over low heat in a double boiler or at low power in the microwave. Stir and let cool. The polish lasts forever, works like a charm, and — best of all — smells fantastic.

Leather

Legend says you can clean and condition leather with olive oil — technically true, but short-sighted, as the stuff can go rancid over time. Since no one wants a smelly leather couch, a better recipe is to combine 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts flaxseed or linseed oil (you can even add nice-smelling stuff like lemon oil, if you like). Whisk or shake together vigorously, then dip and wring out a small cloth with the solution. Test a small inconspicuous patch first to make sure the conditioner won’t discolor or otherwise harm the piece. If it’s good to go, rub gently over the surface to clean and condition. It’s great for leather couches, chairs, and car seats, but you can try it out on your boots too.

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Upholstery

From couch cushions to carpets, some textiles can’t simply be tossed in the wash. One way to keep things fresh is with a dry shampoo — not unlike the kind you use on your hair. Depending on your preference, you can use baking soda (good for freshness), cornstarch (good for grease stains), or a half-and-half mixture. After checking the upholstery-care tags and testing on a small patch, sprinkle your dry cleaner lightly over the surface (really, use a light hand, or cleanup will be no fun at all) and let it soak up the bad stuff for about half an hour. Then, get out your vacuum attachment and thoroughly clean it up for a fresh-and-clean couch, carpet, or chair.

Go forth and go natural. Your home (and your wallet) will thank you.

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