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One of the homemade cleaners that I’ve been making and using the longest is my homemade dusting spray. It was one of the first homemade cleaners I tried because I had never been a fan of the smells of the commercial dusting sprays such as Pledge or Endust and I was hopeful that I could find a more natural replacement. Could I make my own dusting spray and be satisfied with it?
The answer to that question turned out to be a big YES – and I’ve been happily using it ever since. In fact when I first wrote about my homemade dusting spray in 2011, I began the blog post by stating, “I had fun dusting today” and indeed that was the truth because it felt so good to me to be done with those other smelly sprays!
Making A Natural Dusting Spray for Wood and Other Surfaces
This homemade dusting spray recipe is an easy mixture of water, vinegar, and olive oil, with just a little bit of lemon essential oil. The vinegar adds a little cleaning power and the olive oil adds some moisturizing benefit.
You’ll find that the water and oil will separate a bit as the mixture sits. However I’ve always found that it’s no problem at all to give the bottle a little shake as needed while dusting to get those couple of teaspoons of olive oil incorporated into the mixture again.
This spray has been a great option for a homemade dusting spray for wood and I use my spray the most on our wooden tables and wooden bedroom furniture. I also use it on a few painted wood surfaces (such as our fireplace mantle) and my “wood look” laminate desk top. I’ve been using my spray on these types of surfaces for over 10 years now and it’s worked wonderfully with no damage to the furniture either.
However I don’t use this spray on any glass or mirrored surfaces because of the olive oil in the mixture which doesn’t wipe away cleanly from those type of surfaces.
I’ve also had readers tell me this mixture works great on stainless steel too. However because I don’t have any stainless steel appliances in my home, I’ve not tried that personally. If you would like to give it a try on stainless steel, I would suggest you give it try in a small inconspicuous area first to see if you like how it performs.
Will The Olive Oil In The Dusting Spray Go Rancid?
After first writing about this recipe and the use of olive oil in the mixture, I did get some questions wondering if the olive oil would go rancid. I’ve found that this is not a concern at all with this mixture. It takes olive oil several years to go rancid and it’s really more of a taste issue anyway which is not a concern for this recipe.
To see my answers to a few more questions about this recipe you can read this post: Homemade Dusting Spray – Answering Your Questions
Homemade Dusting Spray Saves Money Too!
Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s a money-saver too. The main ingredient is the 1-3/4 cups of water. The ¼ cup of white vinegar and the 2 tsp of olive oil are also common ingredients that most folks have around their house too.
I do like to add a few drops of lemon essential oil to my mixture which is on my list of favorite affordable essential oils that you can usually buy for a reasonable price. However if you don’t want to spend money on an essential oil, you can leave that ingredient out or substitute another essential oil for fragrance that you may already have on hand.
Homemade Dusting Spray Is One Of My Favorites!
I’ve been making my own cleaners for several years now and when it comes to cleaning sprays, I’ve found that there are six main cleaning sprays that I make all the time. This homemade dusting spray is one of those six! You can read more about my six favorite homemade cleaning sprays here: 6 Easy Homemade Cleaning Sprays.
It’s also one of the cleaning spray recipes that I now keep in my DIY color coded cleaning spray bottles. This has been a very helpful system for me too and I’ve really enjoyed having everything in sturdy glass bottles.
If you’d like to leave behind those smelly commercial dusting sprays too, this is an easy and natural alternative that you can mix together quickly and easily. Like me, once you try it, you’ll probably never go back to the store bought stuff again!
This post was originally published in February, 2011 and was updated September, 2021. Here’s the original photo from back in the good old days.
More Easy Homemade Cleaning Ideas:
- My “No Vinegar” Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- Peppermint Soap Spray Cleaner
- Homemade Daily Shower Cleaning Spray
- How To Sew Your Own Cleaning Cloths
Homemade Furniture Dusting Spray
- Spray bottle of at least a 16 oz size
- 1-3/4 cups Water
- 1/4 cup White Vinegar
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a 16 oz spray bottle.
- To use: Spray on furniture and wipe with a soft cloth.