Yes, a mixture of baking soda and olive oil can be used to reduce and remove light scratches from wood surfaces. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to proceed:

  1. Prepare the surface: Start by vacuuming the wood floor or surface to remove any loose dirt or debris.
  2. Create the mixture: In a small bowl, combine baking soda and a few drops of olive oil. Mix them together until you have a paste-like consistency. You don't need a large amount; a tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of olive oil should be sufficient.
  3. Apply the mixture: Take a soft cloth or sponge and apply the baking soda and olive oil mixture directly onto the scratched areas of the wood surface. Gently rub the paste into the scratches, making sure to cover them thoroughly.
  4. Let it sit: Allow the mixture to sit on the wood surface for about five minutes. This gives the baking soda and olive oil time to penetrate the scratches and work on reducing their appearance.
  5. Buff gently: After the five-minute waiting period, take a soft sponge and gently buff the scratched areas in circular motions. Apply light pressure while buffing to avoid causing further damage to the wood.
  6. Clean the surface: Once you've finished buffing, use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess paste residue from the wood surface. Make sure to remove all traces of the baking soda and olive oil mixture.
  7. Dry the surface: Finally, use a dry towel to thoroughly dry the wood surface.

It's important to note that this method works best for light scratches on wood. Deeper or more severe scratches may require professional repair or refinishing. Additionally, it's always a good idea to test this method on a small, inconspicuous area of the wood surface before applying it to the entire scratched area, to ensure it doesn't cause any adverse effects.