Dust … it’s everywhere and seems to multiply. It has a way of accumulating on furniture, books, and in little hidden places. Dusting furniture is one of those time-consuming chores I can’t stand, so I decided long ago to make sure I had plenty of safe healthy cleaners that I could let the kids
do it for me help.
I do buy my cleaners more than I used to, but old habits die hard and since I have the ingredients on hand already this furniture cleaner/polish is one I still make on a regular basis. Not to mention it’s so much cheaper!
Kids: Can’t Live with ‘Em, Can’t Live without ‘Em
While it’s super useful having an army of kids helping around the house, they of course also leave their own special touches to make sure I know they’re around! As anyone with littles knows, the fingerprints and smudges on the table/walls/furniture are never-ending.
This dusting spray can not only make a house healthier by tackling the ever-present dust (which is laden with toxins and mold and things we don’t want to breathe) but it also serves as multi-purpose furniture polish that gives wood some extra shine.
What Is Dust, Anyway?
You have probably heard that most of dust is dead skin cells. It is true that shed skin does make up part of dust but in truth dust is much more complex and surprising (and not in a good way!). It can include everything from decomposing insects and animal fur to more troubling components like lead, arsenic, and even DDT.
Why is dust so unsavory? The reason is dust is like a living history of the house. Even years or decades after a specific chemical has been introduced into the indoor environment, there are lingering traces. Just another reason to keep homes free of harmful chemicals!
Are you feeling the urge to get up and dust yet? I am!
What About Microfiber Cloths?
Yes, I am a big fan of microfiber still and I use just microfiber and water around the house for all kinds of jobs. Microfiber cloths work amazingly well but I do find using a dusting spray seems to repel dust longer and offer more shine. The little kids also love few things more than a spray bottle and a rag, and I am more than happy to let them spray/dust away their own fingerprints and food crumbs to their heart’s content!
So, fear not, my cleaning cloths are safe and still in use. These are the ones I’m using now.
How to Make a Homemade Furniture Polish/Dusting Spray
In searching for a spray that would not only clean the surfaces of my furniture but also sanitize and nourish the wood, I needed just a few household ingredients:
Vinegar is one of those ubiquitous natural cleaners that can be used for everything from hair care to laundry. Even though vinegar is not my first choice of cleaners because of its smell, in this recipe it is the best choice. Vinegar easily cuts through the grime and dirt on any surface without needing to scrub and has disinfecting properties that gently deep clean without damaging the finish.
I did find a sneaky way around the smell a leftover ingredient I always have on hand — orange peels!
How to Make Infused Vinegar: Place the peel of one orange in a glass jar and cover with vinegar. Let this stand for at least two weeks. The vinegar will develop a nice orange hue and smell much less like vinegar and more like the potent citrus cleaner it is. If you aren’t a fan of oranges, any citrus will work–grapefruits, lemons, tangerines, or even those sweet, little Cuties©!
What goes with vinegar? Well, oil of course! I chose to use lemon and cedarwood essential oils because of their cleaning properties and their smell. Cedarwood has a calming effect for me (remember, I don’t like to dust!) but more importantly has strong antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial capabilities so it is a great addition to any cleaner.
Oil adds a shine to the wood while protecting and nourishing it. My go-to oils for this are sunflower oil or fractionated coconut oil. Really any oil you choose will work … just remember, if you wouldn’t cook with it don’t use it on your furniture!
DIY Dusting Spray/Furniture Polish Recipe
A simple, natural dusting spray with grime-cutting and polishing power
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup vinegar (orange-infused for extra cleaning power and scent!)
- 2 TBSP oil (sunflower, grapeseed, fractionated coconut, or olive are my top choices)
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops cedarwood essential oil
- Pour water and vinegar into spray bottle.
- Add oil and essential oils.
- Cover bottle and shake well.
How to Use
Simply lightly mist the furniture or a soft cloth and wipe down the entire piece. The dust and grime will disappear and a beautiful shine will be left behind. For my large dining table that gets a lot of use and abuse in my family, I follow up a cleaning with the spray by polishing it with straight coconut oil.
How to Store and Cautions
Essential oils are potent. An amber glass bottle is recommended to keep the essential oils from damaging the bottle and eliminate any toxins from plastic. Shake before each use! Not recommended for unfinished wood.
How do you keep your wood looking great T?