I never would have thought that I could actually enjoy cleaning, but thanks to awesome homemade cleaners like this dusting spray, my magic shower cleaner, toilet cleaning fizzies (yes, they actually fizz and do the hard work of cleaning the toilet bowl for you), and amazing streak-free window & mirror cleaner, now I look forward to what used to be a chore.
This DIY dusting spray is soooo easy to make. It’s just 3 ingredients plus water. Pour into a bottle and shake. What could be easier than that?!
And even better, it’s a natural, non-toxic cleaner that actually works!
- cuts through dust, dirt, grease and grime
- helps repel dust (I love this! It means I don’t need to dust as often and still have clean, dust-free furniture and baseboards)
- cleans and disinfects
- eliminates fingerprints
- clean finish (no sticky residue)
But it’s not harsh. It’s a gentle cleaner that doesn’t damage the finish of my furniture. In fact, it actually improves the finish on my wood furniture. It nourishes, moisturizes and conditions wood and leaves a protective barrier with a subtle luxurious shine.
What’s in this DIY dusting spray? Just 3 ingredients + water
vinegar – Vinegar is a fantastic natural cleaner. It disinfects, deodorizes, and easily cuts through dirt, grease and grime.
fractionated coconut oil– FCO attracts and picks up dust, helping to trap dust and dirt on your cleaning cloth. Fractionated coconut oil is also great for moisturizing and conditioning your wooden furniture as it easily sinks into wood and creates a protective barrier on the wood surface. It helps leave furniture and baseboards with a subtle, beautiful shine. And unlike other carrier oils, FCO never goes bad, doesn’t have a scent, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue- making it the perfect carrier oil choice for this dusting spray!
essential oil– Not only do essential oils smell great, they are powerhouse natural cleaners. Citrus essential oils (like lemon, orange, and grapefruit) are excellent degreasers and cut through dirt, grime, and buildup on furniture. Tea tree, lavender, cinnamon and other essential oils are also great non-toxic cleaners with antibacterial, antiviral, and deodorizing properties. You can keep it simple and just use one essential oil (does anything smell better than a room freshly cleaned with a homemade natural lemon dusting spray?!) Or you can get creative and blend several essential oils together for your own custom scented dusting spray. I share several recipes for my favorite blends below. Make your own to match your mood.
distilled water– Water dilutes dusting spray and makes it easier to clean with. Using distilled water helps the mixture last longer, but you can substitute boiled and cooled filtered tap water instead if you don’t have distilled water.
How to make homemade dusting spray?
step 1: add 1 cup distilled water to 16 oz. spray bottle
tip: if you don’t have distilled water, you can substitute boiled and cooled filtered tap water.
tip: choose a spray bottle that’s made from materials safe to use with diluted essential oils. Glass, stainless steel, and certain types of plastic (plastic #1 HDPE or plastic #2 PET) work well.
step 2: add 1/2 cup white vinegar
tip: If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can use less, but do use some vinegar. It’s a great natural cleaner that helps cut through the dirt and grime, and even helps repel dust from sticking to the surface, keeping your home clean and dust-free for longer.
step 3: add 1/4 cup of a carrier oil
tip: I usually use fractionated coconut oil. It has no scent, never goes bad, doesn’t leave a sticky residue, and it sinks into the wood and moisturizes furniture nicely.
tip: If you don’t have fractionated coconut oil, substitute with sweet almond oil or olive oil. Those also work well.
step 4: add 30 drops of essential oil
tip: I usually use citrus essential oils (like lemon, orange, or grapefruit). They have a great fresh scent, antiviral and antibacterial properties, and they do a great job of cutting through any dirt and grime on my furniture.
tip: You can also combine essential oils to make a custom dusting spray in a scent you love. Here are a few to try:
fresh home: 20 drops lemon + 10 drops lavender
citrus grove: 15 drops orange + 10 drops lemon + 5 drops grapefruit
clean & fresh: 20 drops lemon + 10 drops peppermint
clean & calm: 20 drops orange + 10 drops lavender
cozy fall: 20 drops orange + 5 drops cinnamon + 3 drops cardamom + 2 drops clove
step 5 (optional): put a free printable label on your bottle
tip: You can print this label on full-sheet label paper or do what I do and print the label on regular printer paper and attach it to the spray bottle with packing tape. It’s cheap and easy to do. Plus I find that the labels stay on better using packing tape than with regular label paper, and the packing tape protects the label really well, which keeps the labels looking great for a long time.
Here’s the dusting spray recipe one more time
see above for full details, substitutions, variations, and tips
1 cup distilled water
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
30 drops essential oil
How to use
- shake well before and during use (tip: keep in mind that water and oil don’t mix, so you need to shake the mixture frequently while dusting to help emulsify the oil with the water and vinegar)
- lightly mist furniture or spray on cloth (tip: a little goes a long way)
- wipe clean with microfiber cloth
here are a few other essential oil recipes that I think you’ll like:
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