How to Naturally Care for Your Wooden Garage Door

Not all garage doors are created equal. From glass and aluminum, to steel, all garage doors require different techniques to preserve the garage door. By maintaining your garage door, you are also preserving the look which is also a reflection of your home. If you have a wooden garage door, you may want to consider preserving the look of your garage door with natural chemicals, rather than more aggressive, caustic cleaning solutions. The latter methods of cleaning and preservation have the potential to eat away at the wood and cause damage.

When using the suggested natural wood care, ensure that you are using a microfiber cloth with each method to ensure a gentle polishing or cleansing so that scratches do not occur.

Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and Hot Water

1 gallon of hot water, 3/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup lemon juice

The combination of lemon juice, olive oil and hot water will leave your wooden garage door with a natural sheen. Using a spray bottle and microfiber towel, wipe your entire garage door down and let it dry. There is no need to add water or anything addition. This mixture will dry on its own, leaving your garage door with a natural shine.

Essential Oils

10-30 drops of essential oil, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of distilled water

If you’re trying to go the natural route of cleaning your garage door and still desire to have a glossy finish, essential oils would be a good route to go. Wood polishes that contain more aggressive cleaning solutions may look great, 1-2 days after polishing, however the results fade and ruin the wood of your door due to the more aggressive chemicals and artificial fragrances.

When using essential oils on your wooden garage door, ensure that you have a carrier ingredient such as olive oil or vinegar. The mixture of orange oil, olive oil and vinegar in a spray bottle with the use of a microfiber towel will leave your garage door glossy and fragrant. Other essential oils that are a good match for wood are lemon, lavender or peppermint.


10 bags

Using black or green tea in boiling water and cooled at room temperature to clean your garage door will remove dirt from the door like vinegar. Offering a pleasant aroma, the tea will protect the wood at the same time. A spray bottle and microfiber towel can be used as well.

Baking Soda

2 tablespoons of baking soda, warm water

The mixture of baking soda and warm water will remove scuff marks on your wooden door. Using a damp cloth, use the mixture scrub and remove any scuff marks.

Olive Oil and Vinegar

1 part white vinegar, 3 parts olive oil

The mixture of white vinegar and olive oil will help to cut through any residue on your garage and offer a beautiful shine once complete. Results can be achieved by using a spray bottle and a microfiber cloth. Make sure to use one part or less of vinegar or the acid of the vinegar could eat through your garage door.

Castile Soap

This vegetable and vegan based soap is gentle enough to use on your wooden door when mixed with warm water. To clean your door, add about three squirts of soap to a hot bucket of water and use a microfiber towel to do the job. This method can be used to get rid of build up. A toothbrush can also be used to clean the hard to reach places of your garage door.

Choosing to clean your wooden garage door with natural chemicals will extend the life of your garage. Make sure that when you are mixing your ingredients that you are being mindful of all measurements so that you do not ruin your garage door but at the same time preserve the fragrance.


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