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Test Drive: Natural Furniture Polish

It's a dilemma, all right. You want to protect your wood furniture, but you hate the unhealthy fumes and greasy sheen that standard polish and sprays leave behind.

No worries: A new class of natural options effectively cleans without chemicals. We tested the offerings on wood with various types of finishes. These four really shine.

Daddy Van's All Natural Beeswax Furniture Polish
Whether you choose sweet orange oil, lavender, or unscented, this beeswax-based pick soothes worn and seriously parched surfaces. $11.95

Howard Naturals Wood Cleaner & Polish
Its collection of oils (soybean, coconut, palm kernel) leaves just the right protective coating without a slippery residue. This milky cleaner sprays on easily, too, making large-surface cleaning a breeze. $8.95

Citra Wood Natural Wood & Furniture Polish
For those who like that textbook high-gloss, Pledge-like shine, and citrus scent -- without the bad-for-you ingredients -- this choice fits the bill. $5.79

Method Wood for Good
This biodegradable formula uses glycerin and omega-9 fatty acid to clean and protect. Gentle and light, it's ideal for frequent use, but the almond aroma is reason enough to give it a try. $5

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