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Learn how to make simple and affordable Homemade Dusting Spray! Safe, effective, and great for cleaning and polishing wood furniture with lemon and other citrus essential oils.

a blue bottle of homemade dusting spray with essential oils and a lemon and lime

I don’t dust.

Let’s just go ahead and put that out there now. No need to hide or pretend what is going on here.

It’s true. The number of times I dust each year, aligns with the number of fingers on my left hand. Or my right I guess. I mean, I have the same number of fingers on each hand.

Anyway, I don’t dust. At least not often. That is my husband’s job and he also doesn’t do that too frequently.

His dusting routine is the same every time. Troy grabs a cleaning rag, wets it, and then starts dusting. And then I yell “what are you doing, you can’t just dust with water”, and he says “we don’t have any dusting spray”. And then I hand him this bottle. Every time. It’s like cleaning version of Groundhogs Day.

Ingredients in Homemade Dusting Spray

  • Distilled water
  • White vinegar
  • Oil – olive, walnut, avocado work best
  • Essential Oils – lemon or grapefruit will give you that classic dusting spray scent.

I mix everything up in this glass spray bottle. Or use any leftover bottle you have hanging around. Just make sure it is clean and whatever was in that bottle previously won’t affect your wood.


Is Vinegar Good for Dusting?

You bet! It’s naturally antibacterial without using harsh chemicals. Plus, it can help cut through any grease or grime that might be accumulated on your wooden surfaces. Yes, I have boys. How did you know?

But, as with any new product, you should test a small amount of this homemade dusting spray in a discrete spot on your furniture to make sure there is no reaction.

What Essential Oil Is Good For Dusting?

I prefer citrus as they’re gentle (aka, safe for kiddos, asthmatics) and have that classic furniture polish scent. A mix of lemon, grapefruit, and orange oil smell amazing and work great.

Pro Tips

  • Oil and water are not besties, so the oil and essential oils you use will separate in the bottle. Give the bottle a gentle shake before each use for maximum benefit.
  • Homemade dusting spray will last in a cool dark place for up to six months.
  • Do not use warming or fragrance oil in place of the essential oil. Those are meant more for cosmetic purposes and may not be safe for the furniture.
  • My preference is to spray the homemade dusting spray onto a microfiber/dusting cloth and then buff the furniture. I find this prevents any excess spray from getting onto our floors.

More Natural Cleaning Ideas

Why should you make homemade dusting spray? I think the question is actually why not. This homemade furniture polish is safe, effective, and super affordable.

You probably have everything or almost everything on hand right now. Making it takes much less time than going to the store to buy a bottle of dusting spray. 

It’s also so much faster than reminding your spouse yet again at the bottle is in the laundry room.

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Homemade Dusting Spray and Furniture Polish

Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
a blue bottle of homemade dusting spray with essential oils and a lemon and lime
Learn how to make simple and affordable Homemade Dusting Spray! Safe, effective, and great for wood furniture with lemon and other citrus essential oils.


  • 2/3 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil olive, walnut, or avocado
  • 5-15 drops essential oil


  • Mix all ingredients in an empty clean bottle and shake to combine.
  • Spray a test section of your furniture and buff with a clean dry cloth. Once you've tested the product, spray and clean away!


Essential oils are not mandatory but will give the spray a pleasant scent.
Do you have a dry piece of wooden furniture that is thirsty and needs a heavier-duty dusting treatment? Put a dab of pure olive or walnut oil on a clean dry cloth, and buff it into the wood. Repeat weekly until the furniture looks improved and renewed.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Chemical cleaners are bad for health as well as environment, therefore, we must go for DIY cleaning solutions.

  2. I’ve made this spray for my son’s room, using Cedar essential oil, it’s fabulous… and he uses it!! Thanks for the ‘how-to’!

  3. Definitely keeping this one!  I’m cleaning everything with granit counter tops.    Amy got me a gallon! 5 stars

  4. Man – dusting is on today’s To Do list. Now I get to stop and play scientist and mix this up. Which will lead me to mixing other concoctions 🙂
    Thanks!! Dusting might just end up on tomorrow’s list, lol.