Penetrate stubborn grease, grime and dust from your wooden fixtures with this all-natural lemon cedar dusting spray. Made with a few on-hand simple ingredients and essential oils, you’ll be able to clean your home quickly and without any harsh chemicals.
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There comes a time of year when the world declares that it is the season for cleaning. You know what I’m talking about.
The weather gets warmer and the grass begins to turn green again, so that supposedly means it is time to clean your home from top to bottom. Spick and span. Base boards. Cabinets. Behind the fridge. In the closets. And all those little nooks and crannies that don’t often get cleaned.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean home. I love to organize, wipe things down and get stuff put away. There is something rewarding about keeping a tidy home. But the thought of devoting at least a day if not several days to cleaning, especially during a season that tends to be the forerunner to busyness, can be a bit overwhelming.
As a homesteader, spring is the time that we start planting our seeds indoors. We prepare the land. And plans are set in motion for the upcoming growing season. I’m sure many of you can relate even if you’re not a homesteader. Life can get busy with our daily responsibilities.
I personally prefer to do my deep down spring cleaning over a period of time. Taking on one task at a time so that I can get it checked off the list helps me to feel accomplished and less overwhelmed. Then when time allows, I tackle the next cleaning chore.
Just the other day, my to-do list included wiping down the wood in our home. That included the wooden bay window, our antique furniture and all of the trim and baseboards in our home. Since we have shied away from using commercial cleaning supplies, I needed to find a natural dusting spray to get all those dust bunnies swept up. Turns out making your own diy dusting spray isn’t tricky at all. All you need is a little bit of oil, some vinegar and a few common essential oils. Not only is the dusting spray recipe easy to whip it, it works like a dream! The first time I used this cleaner, I was so thrilled with the results, I couldn’t help but go from one room to the next, cleaning every piece of wood we had. Kind of nerdy sounding, eh?
Dusting Spray for Wood
When I want to do a quick dust around the house, I grab the hand duster. But when I want a good, deep down clean that gives the wood around our home a slight shine and a healthy amount of moisture, I grab my glass spray bottle with lemon cedar dusting spray. In this homemade dusting spray, the vinegar breaks through grease, grime, dirt and layers of sticky dust. The olive oil nourishes the wood and gives it a natural looking shine. If you don’t have any olive oil on hand, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil are also popular oils to use on wood. Lemon essential oil is my favorite oil to clean with. I use it in a variety of home cleaning products. The trio effect of lemon, orange and cedar wood oil help to penetrate and remove grime without using toxic chemicals. It also gives the wood a lovely citrus scent.
Why Use Natural Cleaning Products?
On our homestead, we chose to use natural cleaning products for several reasons. The first being that homemade cleaners do not contain toxic chemicals. Many store bought products can be harmful when ingested or breathed in and can irritate the skin. Homemade cleaning products are much more safe to use around children and adults alike. The second reason we use gentle household cleaners is that they are very economical. Instead of purchasing a different cleaning agent for each chore in the home, we can purchase a few simple ingredients like vinegar, vodka and lemon essential oil to create a variety of natural cleaners that can tackle nearly every job in the house. Less product purchase means more money in the wallet.
What Type of Vinegar is Best for Cleaning?
Distilled white vinegar is the best choice when it comes to tackling dirty jobs in the house. This type of acidic liquid is excellent for removing grease, dust and penetrating dirty spots on your woodwork and baseboards. You can purchase distilled white vinegar and any grocer or discount retail store. To learn more about vinegar and a variety of other natural cleaning products, check out this blog post about cleaning your home naturally.
What Essential Oils are Good for Cleaning?
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Homemade Dusting Spray
Makes: one cup
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup distilled water
5 drops cedar wood essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
In a small glass spray bottle, combine the vinegar, olive oil and distilled water. Add the cedar, orange and lemon essential oil. Shake well before and during each use. The oils tend to separate very easily from the vinegar and water.
To use the natural dusting spray, spritz a small amount on a wooden surface, such as furniture, base boards, trim or bookshelf. Using a cloth, wipe the surface to clean up any dust and to polish furniture. The homemade dusting spray can be used on wooden surfaces such as tables, cabinets, bay windows, dressers and more. It is not intended to clean the floor. Be sure to spray the mixture on a test spot before dusting the entire area.
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More Natural DIY Cleaning Products
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 5 drops cedar wood essential oil
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- In a small glass spray bottle, combine the vinegar, olive oil and distilled water. Add the cedar, orange and lemon essential oil. Shake well before and during each use. The oils tend to separate very easily from the vinegar and water.
- To use the natural dusting spray, spritz a small amount on a wooden surface, such as furniture, base boards, trim or bookshelf. Using a cloth, wipe the surface to clean up any dust and to polish furniture. The homemade dusting spray can be used on wooden surfaces such as tables, cabinets, bay windows, dressers and more. It is not intended to clean the floor. Be sure to spray the mixture on a test spot before dusting the entire area.