This homemade dusting spray with vinegar, olive oil and essential oils is the best DIY all natural dust-busting cleaner! It’s made without skin or lung irritants and harmful chemicals, which means you can spray it safely and effectively! Plus, it’s cheap, it smells amazing and REPELS dust, which means you dust less often. Winning!
Note: Are you wondering why I’m talking so much about natural and non-toxic cleaning lately, and not so much about the garden anymore? Are you worried? Well, don’t be! The garden remains my first and last love, but this time of year the garden is put to bed and I’m trying to clean my house out from all the summertime grime! I’ll be back to garden talk soon with some late fall and wintertime tips, and more adventures on the farmstead. In the meantime, I’ll be cleaning!
Hello internet friends! I’m back with another DIY natural and non-toxic homemade cleaning recipe! This time I wanted to share what is arguably my favorite cleaner: DUSTING SPRAY!
You might know this by now, but I live on a farm. It’s not always a pretty place, and there is a ridiculous amount of mud and other farm-ishy debris (like hay and fur and leaves and feathers and yes, occasionally, dried and pulverized poop) floating around. Yeah. Yucky, but true.
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We also use a wood-stove to heat our home, and while I love the warmth and the ambiance to death, it puts out a ton of ash particles. And then there’s the dogs, and the cats, and the husband, and the kids (otherwise lovingly known as the dirt machines). All of those things and people put together mean dust.
So. Much. Dirty. Dust.
Enter all-natural homemade dusting spray!
I didn’t know about dusting spray for the longest time. When I dusted (and I dusted a lot) I used just plain old wet rags or else I’d spray homemade all-purpose cleaner and then wipe it up. While that was fine and got rid of the existing dust, it didn’t actually prevent future dust from sticking.
In fact, it trapped new dust, right after I cleaned off the old!
That wasn’t what I wanted. So I did some digging, and I found this homemade dusting spray recipe, which repels new dust, meaning I have to dust less often. And unlike the commercial stuff, there are no scary chemicals and it’s safe, sustainable and natural.
Yes, please and thank you!
NATURAL + NON-TOXIC HOMEMADE DUSTING SPRAY
This homemade dusting spray with vinegar, olive oil and essential oils is the best DIY all natural dust-busting cleaner! It’s made without skin or lung irritants and harmful chemicals, which means you can spray it safely and effectively!
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 2 tbsp carrier oil (olive, avocado, jojoba or fractionated coconut oil could all work)
- 1 cup water
- 15-20 drops essential oil*
- Glass spray bottle
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Add the amount of essential oil you prefer.
- Remember that oil and water don’t mix, so always shake well before using!
- Spray this directly onto any dusty surfaces and then wipe up with a clean, dry cloth (I love my super absorbent bamboo fiber cloth for this)
Note: Cinnamon bark, tea tree, sweet orange, eucalyptus or lemon are all wonderful-smelling essential oils to use; remember though that some essential oils are bad for the dogs and cats in your life, so be sure to do your research! If you don’t have essential oils, you can also use 1 tsp of lemon juice
Why these ingredients work
You guys, this spray works! But why does it work? Why doesn’t plain old water or all-purpose cleaner work? The answer is: THE OIL!
Food grade oil (whatever kind you choose to use) has anti-static properties in it, meaning the dust won’t settle. It actually repels the dust!
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Are you worried about the oil going rancid after you spray it? Don’t be. People have used natural oil to polish and condition wood for hundreds of years. And really, rancidness is a matter of taste, not smell. Plus, you wipe this cleaner off after you’ve sprayed it. I’ve never had anything go rancid on me, so if I wouldn’t worry about it all.
If you’re wondering, I add the vinegar as a general cleaner because, like I said above, the dust in my house can be from pretty gross places. In fact, all dust everywhere comes from pretty gross places. It’s a good idea to clean that stuff up!
What do you think about making and using homemade dusting spray that’s all-natural and non-toxic? Do you have any DIY cleaners that you love?
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