Homemade Dusting Spray
If you’re on a mission to live a more natural life, it’s important to focus on your cleaning supplies. To help get your home clean without turning to harmful chemicals, discover how easy it is to make homemade dusting spray.
What’s Wrong With Store-Bought Dusting Spray?
Although you might not give that can of dusting spray much thought, it can contain a number of hidden toxins that could be hurting your health and the health of your family. If you take a look at the ingredients in store-bought dusting spray, you might see some of the following:
Hexoxyethanol- Typically used as a solvent. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives this chemical an F because it has a high concern for skin allergies and irritation and some concern for developmental and reproductive toxicity.
Ethoxylated Alcohol- An emulsifier that the EWG gives a D because it has some concern for asthma and respiratory issues, skin allergies and irritation, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer depending on the concentration.
Fragrance- Ahhh fragrance. It’s such a simple word. Yet companies have made it so they don’t have to disclose what they use to make their “fragrance.” This means it can contain all types of chemicals. And you have no way of knowing what those chemicals are and how they can affect your health.
What’s in Dust?
At this point, you might be thinking it’s simply safer not to dust. As much as I would love to take this household chore off your to-do list, that’s not really an option either.
Since the majority of dust comes from outside, it can contain all types poisons and allergens you don’t want around your family. In fact, one study found that household dust can contain pollen, lead, arsenic, and the banned pesticide DDT.
How to Make Homemade Dusting Spray
OK, so at this point we accept that we do need to clean up the dust in our homes for our health. However, we also know that to protect our health we don’t want to reach for that can of dusting spray. So what can we do?
We can make homemade dusting spray that works great and smells good!
Homemade Dusting Spray Ingredients
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of citrus castile soap
- 15 drops of lemon essential oil
- 16-ounce glass spray bottle
Homemade Dusting Spray Directions
- Combine all the ingredients into the glass spray bottle and give it a gentle shake to mix.
- Either spray onto the surface and wipe clean with an organic unbleached cotton unpaper towel, or spray directly onto the cotton unpaper towel and wipe down the surface.
As always, before trying this homemade dusting spray or any type of new cleaner, test it out in a concealed area before using on the entire surface.
Are you wondering why I always recommend using cotton unpaper towels for cleaning? Check out this post on the difference between cotton unpaper towels and microfiber cleaning cloths.
Also, if you have wood furniture that needs a little shine, don’t forget to check out our post on how to make natural furniture polish.
Why Not Use Vinegar?
You’ll notice this DIY dusting spray doesn’t use vinegar. This isn’t because I have anything against using vinegar for natural cleaning.
In fact, I use vinegar for my homemade laminate floor cleaner and my DIY tub and shower cleaner. Actually, the reason I don’t use vinegar in this homemade dusting spray is because vinegar can damage certain wood and stone surfaces.
Since I want to have a dusting spray I can use around my entire house, I made sure to create one that doesn’t require vinegar.
Making Homemade Dusting Spray
Even though dusting isn’t a fun household chore, it’s something we all have to take care of. By following these simple steps, you can make a homemade dusting spray that smells great, works even better, and is safe for your family.
More Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips
Now that you see how easy it is to make homemade dusting spray, are you interested in making even more natural cleaners that do a great job of cleaning your home while also protecting your family and the environment? Then be sure to check out some of our other popular posts:
- Homemade Glass Cleaner
- Reusable Disinfecting Wipes
- Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Without Borax
- All-Purpose Cleaner Without Vinegar