Posted on: July 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Last updated: September 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

Wood furniture can get damaged, especially if they’ve been in your home for a long time. This doesn’t mean that you should throw them away or that you should pay a lot of money to get them fixed with products that often contain harmful chemicals. You can repair scratches, dents, and stains by yourself using natural products that you can find in your home.

Fix Scratches

1. Vinegar And Olive Oil

What You’ll Need


  1. Mix vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Rub mixture on scratched surface until scratches disappear. (3)

2. Paint

Cover the scratch with watercolor or oil-based paint, using a paint brush with a pointy tip to make painting the scratch easier and more precise. Note that these types of paint don’t work well on furniture with a polyurethane finish. (3)

3. Marker

Use a marker that resembles the color of your furniture to hide the scratch. (3)


4. Eyebrow Pencil

Paint the scratch with an oil-based eyebrow pencil. (3)

5. Iodine

To cover scratches on light-colored furniture, dip a cotton ball in iodine and paint the scratch over. Wipe the excess iodine with a paper towel. (3)

6. Coffee

For furniture with a darker color, use strongly brewed coffee instead of iodine or use a cotton swab to rub ground coffee on the scratch. (3)

Reverse Gouges

7. Crayons

If you’re dealing with deep gouges, you can fill them up with melted crayons. (3)

What You’ll Need

  • Crayons that match the color of your furniture
  • Water
  • Small bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Butter knife or plastic card

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  1. Boil water in the saucepan.
  2. Grate crayons in the bowl and place it in the boiling saucepan until crayons melt.
  3. Drip the wax into the scratch.
  4. Smooth it over with a butter knife, credit card, or any other thin plastic card.

If the gouge is shallower, use a butane gas match lighter to melt the tip of the crayon directly over the scratch and buff the surface with a piece of fine steel wool. (1)

Remove White Spots

8. Denatured Alcohol

Pour denatured alcohol on a cloth and wipe the stained surface until white spots disappear. Use as little alcohol as possible and wipe lightly, otherwise you might damage the finish. (2)

9. Rottenstone And Linseed Oil


  1. Mix rottenstone and linseed oil to make a thin paste.
  2. Rub the paste on the stain gently.
  3. Stop occasionally and check to make sure that you’re not damaging the surface.
  4. Stop rubbing when the white spots disappear.
  5. Wipe surface clean with a soft cloth. (2)

10. Mayonnaise


Mayo can remove the water rings left on your table. Put some mayo on a paper towel and let it sit on the spot for 15 minutes to an hour and wipe well after to clean the mayo off your table. (3) Watch the video for more information and instructions.

Lift Off Wax And Gum Spots

11. Ice

What You’ll Need

  • Towel or paper towel
  • Ice pack


  1. Wrap ice in a towel.
  2. Press it on the spot until it hardens.
  3. Lift wax or gum with your thumbnail. (2)

Watch this method in more detail in the following video.

Undo Dents

12. Water

This method will work best for shallow dents on soft wood. (2)

What You’ll Need

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Water


  1. Remove the finish for about 1/2 inch around the dent using sandpaper.
  2. Apply a few drops of water on the dent and let it penetrate the wood for a whole day to raise the dent.

13. Heat

If water doesn’t raise the dent, you can try using heat.

What You’ll Need

  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Clothing iron


  1. Soak a cloth in water and wring it out.
  2. Fold the cloth in several layers and place it over the dent.
  3. Press the cloth firmly with a warm iron.

Watch the video for more instructions.

Try these tricks today and give your furniture and health a second chance before you decide to get rid of them or use toxic chemicals to repair them.

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(1) Hazelton, R. (n.d.). How to Fix Nicks and Gouges Using Crayons.

(2) How to Repair Wooden Furniture Surfaces. (n.d). In How Stuff Works.

(3) Sciortino, D. G. (2017, May 12). Is your wood furniture scratched? Remove them easily with these 15 nifty tricks.

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