Several years ago I discovered the wonder of organic linseed oil. I’m not talking about the linseed oil you find at the hardware store, most of that has petroleum additives to make it dry faster. I’m talking about 100% organic boiled linseed oil like the kind I buy from Allback. The stuff is a worthy investment and definitely worth having a quart on hand. It’s valuable for refreshing and protecting a wide variety of surfaces (remember I used them to refresh my metal outdoor lights?)
Since we first moved to Chiot’s Run the siding on the front of the house has been really faded, almost to white. It’s always looked really bad and I’ve always wanted to do something about it. I tried a few different products, none of which worked. Since we’re hoping to sell this summer, I wanted to do something to make it look better than it does. After some research I found a few different products, all of which were going to cost around $300-$500 for the front of the house. Then I remembered I had some boiled linseed oil was and thought I’d give it a shot.
I tested a small square and it worked beautifully. Not only did it refresh the siding and make it look like new, it helps protect it from the sun and from further damage and fading. It also creates a nice finish, which helps keep the siding from getting dirty as quickly as it used to.
I scrubbed the siding with castile soap and a stiff brush and let it dry. Then I used an old cotton sock to rub a light coat of organic boiled linseed oil onto the siding. I used less than a pint of boiled linseed oil for this task, so it cost me around $5. While I was at it, I scrubbed and cleaned the lights and the window casings as well.
This amazing product has many uses. I use it as a wood protector on our decks, I gave my thermometer a light coat to bring back the color that had faded in the sun, I used it to seal the cork on the interior of the tiny travel trailer, I rub a light coat onto my old antique furniture for added protection, all my wooden handled garden tools get a coat every so often, as to my tomato stakes. The best part of all is that it’s an all natural product, no VOC’s and no petroleum additives (make sure you buy this brand). You don’t need to worry about wearing a respirator or the fumes. It does have a smell, but it’s not offensive and it doesn’t give me headaches like other latex and oil products do. If you’ve been looking for a great all around refreshing product for your home organic boiled linseed oil* is what you need.
Even though it looks fantastic, I still hate vinyl siding with a deep passion. I’d much prefer having cedar shakes or painted wooden clapboard. Perhaps in my next home I will, until then at least the vinyl on the front the cottage looks like new and that makes me happy!
What kind of home exterior is your favorite?
*Make sure you get the BOILED linseed oil and not the raw which won’t harden to a strong finish.
NON-TOXIC CLEANING SERIES
Stocking Your Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit
Learning to Love Castile Soap
Make Your Own: Foaming Soap
Make Your Own: Infused Vinegar
Make Your Own: Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Make Your Own: Color Safe Oxygen Bleach
Homemade Whitening Scouring Scrub
Friday Favorite: Charlie’s Soap
Friday Favorite: Twist Sponges
and more to come