DIY Dusting Spray for Cleaning Wood Furniture

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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 use natural homemade cleaners like this wood furniture cleaner and polish in place of chemical-laden conventional ones (so 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 (and it’s so much cheaper than buying it) I still make this wood dusting spray recipe 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 and 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 because it contains vinegar and oil (just like a salad?) it also cuts through grime and leaves wood furniture with some extra shine and protection.

What Is Dust, Anyway?

Dust isn’t just unsightly, it’s downright unhealthy. It is true that dust contains mostly shed human skin, but it’s much more complex and surprising than that (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.

Studies show chronic exposure to dust may lead to a hyper-stimulated immune system and the development of allergies, asthma, and accumulation of toxins, especially in children genetically predisposed to problems in these areas.

How do things like arsenic and DDT get into dust? Dust is like a living history of the house, and there are many materials used in building homes (especially today) and around our homes (think cars, golf courses, and factories) that contribute to household dust. Studies have demonstrated how traces of a specific chemical can linger for years in indoor environments.

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 Natural Furniture Dusting Spray

In searching for a spray that would not only clean the surfaces of my furniture but also sanitize and nourish wood, I needed just a few household ingredients:

Vinegar

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 with 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©!

Essential Oils

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 Wood Dusting Spray Recipe

A simple, natural dusting spray suitable for cleaning and nourishing wood.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (orange-infused for extra cleaning power and scent!)
  • 2 TBSP oil (sunflower, grapeseed, fractionated coconut, or olive are my top choices)
  • 12-15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops cedarwood essential oil

Instructions

  1. Pour water and vinegar into spray bottle.
  2. Add oil and essential oils.
  3. 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 even more shine, try following up with cleaner with a bit of straight coconut oil.

Note: Because this recipe contains oil, I don’t use this spray on stainless steel, granite, glass, or walls. I keep it by the dining room table and the kids know to use it on the wood furniture for dusting chores.

How to Store and Cautions

Essential oils are potent. An amber glass bottle is recommended to keep the essential oils from damaging the bottle. Shake before each use! Not recommended for unfinished wood or fine antiques.

Other Favorite DIY Cleaners

  • Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner – Are you a cleaning minimalist? Try this spray that does it all. Four ingredients and thirty seconds to mix it up is all it takes!
  • Natural Granite Cleaner – Includes an ingredient that might seem unusual for a streak-free shine on counters.
  • Glass Cleaner – No need for that bright blue, highly scented stuff … vinegar + water cuts through dirt and leaves glass streak free.
  • Bathroom Cleaner – For heavy-duty cleaning (with a little germ-fighting help from the right essential oils).
  • Toilet Cleaner – Use undiluted white vinegar, pour around the top of the toilet bowl, scrub until clean.

How do you keep your wood looking great?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

Comments

23 responses to “DIY Dusting Spray for Cleaning Wood Furniture”

  1. Nicole Avatar

    I have found your site and looking to switch a lot of cleaners over! Question though. When the recipe calls for “vinegar” is that different from distilled white vinegar? If so what type of “vinegar” are you discussing if it does not say “white vinegar”?

  2. Maryrose Avatar

    I am concerned about your recommendation and link to microfiber cloths. I have no idea why they are touted as eco cleaning cloths, when the fibers they leach into our sewer systems, which are not easily filtered out, go into our oceans and are causing a toxic sludge. They are worse in many ways than the larger plastics which are forming large masses in various parts of the sea, as they get straight into the ecosystem and are now found inside many sea creatures. I think this is bad enough, but of course they are also getting into the food chain and are now present inside our bodies. I feel they should be banned and it would be great if sites like Wellness Mama opted for natural fiber cloths which biodegrade once in the water ways. I’m an artist and in no way affiliated with anyone who makes 100% cotton cloths…I just worry that this is yet one more form of plastic being recommended widely on the internet, and although I use this site as my go to for many health concerns I am disturbed to find you are recommending something this polluting.

  3. Ashliah Avatar
    Ashliah

    This dusting spray is great, when I first made it I hit all the house fans, cabinets, tables, and dressers. I was excited… although, I let it sit for a week or maybe 2 before I was up for dusting again and it turned out that my spray bottle stopped spraying and started dribbling instead. Did this happen to anyone else?? I had this happen to another spray bottle before that had apple cider vinegar in it, I thought it was ‘the mother’ that may have caused the clogging in that one? But now this recipe did the same thing, anyone have any clues? I’m still using this amazing recipe, but with a dribbling spray bottle haha.

  4. Debi Avatar

    First, I appreciate all of your efforts and use many of your suggestions and recipes as I trust your research and attention to health and environmental concerns. Do you know how microcloth is made and from what? And, why are they better for the environment and us than cotton cloth? Thanks, I appreciate your responses! Keep up your great work please.

  5. Gayle Avatar

    I have been using Branch Basics for the majority of my cleaning chores. Have you checked out their website, Katie? I think you will find them to be a safe, affordable option for those times when DIY is not a convenient option. I still enjoy DIY recipes and love learning from your website. I will try the Dust spray as I have not found a natural alternative yet. Thank you so much for all your research and helpful information.

  6. Beverly Avatar

    Wood furniture usually is already coated with a polyurethane or varnish. I’m wondering why it would be beneficial to put oil in this since it shouldn’t be able to penetrate finished wood pieces. Seems like it would be more of a dust attractant?

  7. Carmen Avatar

    Katie, in earlier posts you mentioned using canola oil for cleaning so as not to waste it, now you’re saying that if you don’t cook with it, don’t use it on your furniture… what’s the scoop?

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      That was more tongue and cheek. In reality, canola won’t hurt furniture, but I don’t have it in my house at all anymore so I don’t even use it in recipes like this.

  8. Jasa Avatar

    Katie,
    I have found that using vinegar & a little water changes the color of wood. I had a aide that made a mistake and put some on a older furniture piece, it went through the shiny finish and turned it a orange color. She had used the rag for cleaning my class tables. Do you have another formula without vinegar and water?

  9. Ann Avatar

    Will this work on 100% wood furniture?We only have 100% oak antique ones,and I know that even a drop of water can damage them.

  10. Donna R Avatar

    Which version of cedarwood essential oil do you use/recommend? I see there is a variety out there! They all appear to be kid safe, but not safe if pregnant.

    Atlas
    Himalayan
    Virginia
    Texas

  11. Karen Avatar

    Is there such a thing as amber glass spray bottles so I don’t have to keep leftover solution in my plastic spray bottle? Or is it ok to keep it in plastic?
    Thanks.

  12. Estee Avatar

    Katie I can’t wait to make this! What do you mean by “orange infused vinegar”?

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