In this port I would like to share with you all a homemade recipe that a luthier recommended to me.

Anyway, as I said in previous articles, my advice is that you go with your instrument at least once a year to the luthier who can advise you better and guide you in what is best for your instrument based on the constructive characteristics of it.

Now let’s move on to know the recipe:


– Linseed oil.

– Turpentine essence (you can do without this ingredient if you can’t find it)

– Lemon

– A pan

Preparation mode:

1. Depending on the quantity you want to obtain of the product, you can use a small glass or a bigger one.

No matter the size of your glass, the measurements to be used will be the same adapted to the size of the glass.

2. Add half a glass of linseed oil.

3. Add a teaspoon of turpentine essence to the glass.

4. Complete the rest of the glass with lemon juice.

5. Pour all the mixture into the pan and let it boil over medium heat. Go stirring every 2-3 minutes.

6. Once it begins to boil, remove it from the heat since if you leave the mixture on the fire for a long time, it will evaporate.

7. Let it cool and keep the product in a glass jar with a lid or any other container.

Your homemade varnish cleaner is ready!

Remember that the measurements are always the same, adapted to the size of your glass.

The turpentine essence helps to dilute the resin remains. Linseed oil helps preserve the properties of wood, it is a moisturizing product for wood, minimizing the risk of wood cracking or twisting due to abnormal loss of its relative humidity.

And finally the lemon provides natural nutrients and is perfect for polishing the wood, we will see the results immediately.


This recipe is for the violin body only. DO NOT APPLY THE PRODUCT ON THE STRINGS OR THE TUNING BOARD.

You can use this product once every 3-6 months to add a touch of shine to your instrument and perform in-depth cleaning which we discussed in the previous post:

Apply 5-6 drops of product on a cotton pad. NEVER use directly on the instrument and remove the excess with a paper napkin.

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