Since the invention of Pledge Mutli-Surface Spray, my husband has been a huge fan (he’s a bit of a neat freak….okay he’s a lot of a neat freak). I can understand why. It works great on everything- wood, stainless steel, glass- everything! But in my quest to rid my home of toxic chemicals, to me this product was just one more aerosolyzed can of junk that was polluting my home and mine and my family’s bodies. The Environmental Working Group rates various products from A to F based on the dangers they pose to our health and the health of the environment. The EWG gave Pledge Multi-surface a glaring F. According to the EWG, this product is concerning for asthma and respiratory problems, skin rashes and irritation, certain types of cancer….and oh yeah…it’s terrible for the environment. The verdict was in. It had to go.
I think I’ve said this is in every DIY cleaning blog post I’ve done. But it’s so true. Cleaning products are surprisingly easy to make! We’re so accustomed to having the convenience of ready-made, super smelly store-bought cleaning products that are guaranteed to kill 99.9% of bacteria. But when you keep a couple of common products in your home, you can quickly whip up your own non-toxic products. And have I mentioned that making your own products is considerably less expensive? Because it is…..
So of course, I came up with my own version of dusting spray. And I really shouldn’t call it just a dusting spray, because I also use this to polish my furniture too. It’s just a few ingredients and it’s made using what I call a dump and swirl method.
So what do you need?
- A glass spray bottle. I just like to use my empty apple cider vinegar bottles and pop in an old spray cap.
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil. I also added rosemary oil because I love that piny scent.
*It’s really important to use quality, therapeutic grade essential oils that are not cut with chemicals or other oils, or covered with pesticides. This is the kind I use.*
If you’re into making your own non-toxic cleaning products, quality essential oils are a must. I have quite a few recipes using my oils. Try my DIY Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner and my DIY Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer!
How do you make it?
- Pour it all it the bottle. Pop the lid on and give it a shake. You’ll find that as you use this you’ll need to give it a swirl every once in a while because the oils will float to the top.
Here’s another tip! I love doing this. I pop a label on the front of the bottle with the recipe that I use so that when I’m ready to make some more, I can just refer to the bottle instead of looking up my recipe.
You can use this DIY Dusting Spray on all of your wood surfaces and it will make them sparkle and shine! I also spray this on my leather furniture and it cleans it up beautifully. Give this one a try and let me know what you think!
If you would like to learn more about essential oils, but aren’t really sure where to start, sign up for my FREE Essential Oils 101 E-Course! It’s the same information that I cover when I do live classes, except it’s done via email! Register HERE.
What’s one commercial cleaning product you’re having a hard time finding a DIY replacement for?
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