As the days get warmer and I’m able to throw open the windows, I start getting that spring cleaning itch. Every surface gets wiped down, re-organized, and decluttered, all the linens get washed, carpets get deep cleaned, and the bathroom gets scoured to a spotless shine.
Years ago, before I knew better, I used to use chemical laden cleansers to help get the job done but always found myself hacking and running for fresh air. There’s no way that stuff is good for you! So, over the years, I’ve made it a point to switch out the toxic cleaning products with homemade alternatives that are effective and don’t leave you choking.
Recently, I’ve been trying out a few variations of homemade dusting spray and I think I’ve found one that does just the trick. It’s fresh and bright smelling, removes dust like a champ, and leaves a nice glossy finish to wooden furniture. For an especially lustrous shine, you can add a tiny bit more carrier oil to give older, dryer wood a lovely moisturized look.
All-Natural Dust Busting Spray Recipe
This is my favorite dusting spray recipe to use for bookcases, coffee tables, kitchen cabinets, and antique furniture. It has a fresh lemony scent, but you can also sub the lemon peels with a different citrus and the lemon essential oil with sweet orange, patchouli, or cedarwood if preferred.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• A 16oz spray bottle
• 1 cup of filtered water
• ¼ cup of infused white vinegar (see instructions below)
• 2 TB olive oil
• 15 drops lemon essential oil (can sub sweet orange or essential of choice, cedar is also lovely!)
This recipe makes about 11oz of spray.
Loving Preparation – Dust Busting Spray Recipe
To make an infused vinegar, simply peel one whole lemon or orange (or other preferred citrus like lime or grapefruit) and place the clean peels into a mason jar. Next, cover the peels with at least a quarter inch of white vinegar and allow it to macerate for a few days. Strain and store in a mason jar for future cleaning recipes. Be sure to label the jar so you know what’s in it.
Now all that’s left to do is add all of the ingredients to a 16oz spray bottle. I really like these dark glass ones as they’re sturdy, look nice, and will keep your homemade recipes fresh.
Once all of the ingredients are added, all you have to do is shake the contents well before use. Super simple!
You can either spritz the dust busting spray straight onto a cleared off surface or you can spray it into a soft cloth for spot cleaning.
Add a tiny bit more oil for dryer, older wood furniture to help moisturize it, but just a touch more or the oils with attract dust.
What have been your favorite homemade dusting spray recipes? Please let me know in the comments below!
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