Tuesday’s Tip: Walnuts and Pecans to the rescue!

February 07,2012
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird( )

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Last week I shared how much I have been enjoying creating homemade, all-natural cleaners and household items.  Whether it is making homemade laundry detergent, linen spray or potpourri, it feels good to create homemade solutions to store-bought home goods.

That’s why I just had to share this tip to help rehab your wood furniture, or in the case below, wood kitchen cabinets that needed some TLC.  

Our kitchen cabinets get a lot of abuse.  Whether it is in the form of small sticky fingers, pots being banged into them or spills, our kitchen cabinets are under constant attack.  We’ve found that one of the problems we have with our cabinets is that water drips can lead to marks like this:



The water almost “bleaches” the oils out of the wood and leaves unattractive white streaks on the wood.  

Instead of reaching for a bottle of wood stain or Old English, I happened upon this tip that I wanted to share with you:

Using nuts that have high levels of oil and simply rubbing the nut on wood, can help restore the luster of the natural wood oils.  Walnuts and pecans worked best in my home experiments, since they have higher oil content then cashews, peanuts, or almonds.

I simply warmed the nut in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds (this helps in extracting the oils when it is rubbed) and then:



I rubbed back and forth until:


Voila!  No more water stains!

So next time you have a scratch or stain on some wood, reach for a nut to help you out!  

Life is sweet,
SPC