All-Natural DIY Dusting Spray

diy dusting spray

For some reason I have had a LOT of requests for a homemade dusting spray lately. I think I have been dragging my feet on it because on the big list of household chores, this is probably one of my least favorite…if not my VERY least favorite! It’s not even that hard to do, I just have such an aversion to it. Go figure.

While a microfiber cloth all by itself usually will take care of the dust in my house, there are occasions when a dusting spray is called for. Like when there are streaks of grease or dirt MIXED IN with the dust.

Plus, I just really like the nice citrus smell. :-)

diy dusting spray

DIY Citrus Dusting Spray

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (cuts through grease and grime & disinfectants)
  • 2 tsp olive oil (shines and protects wood)
  • 10-15 drops of Lemon essential oil* (makes your home smell naturally fresh and clean!)
  • Spray bottle

*Grapefruit, wild orange, tangerine, or bergamot essential oil work well too!

diy dusting spray



Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake well to mix.

To use:

Because oil and water don’t mix, be sure to shake before each use to help distribute all the ingredients.Spray directly on furniture and buff it off with a clean, dry cloth.


diy dusting spray

I tried this on several different surfaces. It wasn’t the greatest on my IKEA shelves, which have a high gloss surface, but it worked GREAT on my wood furniture!

Now maybe dusting will be a little less drudgery for me….and you!


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  1. No1Twin says

    I think all these DIY sprays etc. sound great but the essential oils are WAY expensive.
    Just a .25 oz. bottle is $10.00 or more. You make several batches from that bottle I realize…but not that often and you would have it sitting around til the next batch would be needed. Can it really be that economical? I am not just talking about this spray recipe…but several other DIY items I have read on the posts. They are tempting to try…but I cannot get myself to spend that much on a tiny bottle of oil that will be used one time a year or less.

    • Mary S says

      You can buy cheap essential oil at Walmart for this type of thing but I wouldn’t use them for ingesting.

    • Katherine says

      I get my essential oils on and depending on the type of oil they run from $2-$10 a bottle. There are always coupon codes on for swan sons that are great savings.

    • says

      A couple of other people already addressed this but you can definitely get cheaper EO’s to use for cleaning products but I would not recommend ingesting them.

    • says

      You can buy EO’s inexpensively at www. I’ve been buying from them for 32 years and I love their products. 1oz if $3.45… not too expensive.

    • Belinda says

      You can put citrus peels (zest only is best) in vinegar for several days, then use that infused vinegar without the EOs for similar results

      • Nora says

        Belinda – thanks for the tip! How much zest should I use to equal 10-15 drops of essential oil?

  2. Diana says

    I have a strong aversion to the smell of vinegar. Can I leave it out and get the same results? I noticed someone mentioned using lemon juice, but I’d have to store the mixture in the fridge, right? (Not an option–fridge space is prime real estate here!)


    Thanks so much!

    • says

      You probably would not get the same results without vinegar. Without vinegar it’s just oil and lemon EO. But that might be a good conditioner for wood furniture. And yes, if you use lemon juice you would have to put it in the fridge.

    • Donna says

      You could use witch hazel in place of the vinegar. Old time recipie for furniture polish when mixed with lemon oil.

  3. Casey says

    Would this also be okay to use to wipe down my leather furniture? I was thinking that the olive oil would be good for the leather and the other ingredients don’t seem like they would be harmful…????

    • says

      You know Casey, I’m not sure. I would recommend doing some research on the products you can use on leather. I’m not sure how the vinegar and lemon EO would affect the leather.

  4. christy m says

    I like this idea. It’s amazing how expensive these products are.
    I also love that I don’t have to buy anything to make this
    Because I already have all the ingredients at home.
    I love reading all your posts. They’re great.

    • says

      Amy, normally I wouldn’t recommend putting EO’s in a plastic bottle but I actually used plastic for this. I figured it wasn’t a huge batch so it wouldn’t end up sitting long enough for the EO’s to eat through the plastic.

  5. Tanis says

    I made an all purpose cleaning spray with vinegar, water and lemon essential oil. I was reluctant to use it on our wood but now with the idea of olive oil, I’m going to try this out today! Thank you :)

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    • says

      I would say yes. When I tried it on my glossy Ikea furniture it just pushed the dust around. But it worked great on wood furniture!

  6. JOSHUA says

    I have a lil different recipe but requires a shake before use

    1 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    Mix & spray on cloth &turn cloth to dry side to pollish !!!

  7. Lori Enos Jones says

    Hi first I want to say I love your posts!!
    Now, I have been told to spray your cloth not the item you want to dust. As it can cause spots. When I was young and had to dust I sprayed the furniture, but the furniture already had a high glossy finish. Now I have a lot of natural wood ( no high gloss ) and but mistake sprayed the furniture and it left spots. Had to really work at getting rid of them. So now I use a bottle and put the cloth over the opening and tip it over and then use the wet part of the rag to dust with. Find that it works really good , that way. So I guess what I am saying is if you have high gloss it probable is of to spray the furniture, but maybe not so much for the other.
    Thanks again!!

    • says

      I agree, spray the cloth not the furniture!

      But I wanted to comment on the spots on your furniture. My husband read somewhere to try putting Mayonaise on water spots on wooden furniture and the spots will disapear. We tried this after hot coffee was spilled on our antique buffet at Christmas, and it worked like a charm! The spots went away! I have no idea why the Mayo works, but it does! :-)

    • Becky says

      The overspray can also get on the floor. My kids and I were slipping around like crazy until we figured out why! I found it best to use it straight on the rag.

    • Kelly C says

      I use baby oil to get rid of water spots! Works amazingly well. Even if the stain is years old. (Inherited antiques). For stubborn water spots, leave baby oil on for a few hours, or over night, & wipe away! And the smell is nice too!