March 6, 2013

DIY: easy lemon-scented dusting spray



here's my awful confession: for the last 6 months, i've been using lysol wipes to dust my furniture. i know. not only is it incredibly wasteful (unnecessary individual, single-use wipes meet already-overflowing landfill), but the damn things are loaded with chemicals, which i've previously talked about avoiding.

i'm blaming it all on laziness, and the fact that i'd been given a container of the wipes when dave and i moved into our apartment last october.

they were also pure crap (i now wonder why i continued using them). our furniture would dry slightly sticky, and dog fur was drawn like a magnet to anything the wipes touched. so our furniture never looked clean. counter-productive, no?

all that said - i feel like a giant idiot, now that i know how easy it is to throw together your own dusting spray, and an even bigger idiot considering how freaking effective this homemade spray is. our coffee table still looks spotless, and that beast is constantly covered in dog fur, no matter how often i wipe it down.

you will need
spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
3 cups warm water
1.5 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil

simply combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle, and remember to give the whole thing a little shake before each use (since the oils will separate from the vinegar and water).

i'd looked up a few other versions of homemade dusting spray, but they either seemed to contain way too much olive oil, or very little. i wanted my wood furniture (and other dusting surfaces) to have a subtle slip to them (to keep the collection of fur at bay), a touch of shine, and a pleasant, non-chemical scent.

mission accomplished, i'd say.


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6 comments:

Robin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think I will make this, but use lavendar oil instead. Thanks for sharing!

harlem apartments for rent said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post! Way to go green! I suggest home owners out there should consider using green products for cleaning their homes and polishing their wooden furniture as well

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is an awesome idea! I love cleaning with vinegar and have never heard of homemade dusting spray! Will give it a go soon!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I just pinned it!

Yael said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Selene @ Restoration Beauty

hope you like it if you do give it a shot! it's been 5 days since i first used it and my tv stand is still nearly fur-free!

thanks for commenting and pinning!

Kimberli B. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great for saving a little money!Thanks for posting!

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