Let’s stop the chemical madness. Why do we need a bottle of dangerous and even life-threatening chemicals to dust our furniture? We don’t. This homemade dusting spray is non toxic and won’t choke you if you breathe it in. You won’t have to call poison control is your baby licks the table, either. It leaves your wood dust free and with a beautiful shine. Isn’t that what dusting spray should be about?
So one of my favorite store bought products used to be Orange Glo Wood Furniture 2 in 1 Clean and Polish. I loved that stuff and it’s very strong, fake orange smell. (I do not like it now and have a strong aversion to all things with strong smells like perfume and cleaning products.) I used it all over my coffee table several times a week. But one day, my then six or so month old grandbaby came over right after I had dusted, and, as he was skirting around the table, he began to lick it and gnaw on it, because he was teething and that’s what babies do.
He licked the table that I had just sprayed with the dusting spray. And a very scary warning flag went off in my brain.
I want to show you something. These are the pictures from the label of the actual bottle of that dusting oil.
Do you see all the scary warnings? My grandbaby licked that.
We are breathing that in when we use it.
It is coming in contact with our skin whether we think it is or not.
We touch the table, then we put our fingers in our eyes. Or our mouth. Or our children do this. Or our pets.
Then we wonder why we suddenly get headaches, or why our eye is suddenly irritated, or why our children’s mood suddenly changes (or our mood!), or why we feel nauseous? It’s because of the overload of toxins we just sprayed in the room.
They DO have an affect on us.
Lord help us if our babies go to the cabinet and spray it directly in their mouth or eyes. It can cause death. It says so on the bottle.
That makes me sick to my stomach.
So I said no more and I looked for an alternative. I tried a few, but they all had water in them and I don’t like putting water on my wood. But I did for a while until it just occurred to me to use oil. Duh.
The oil gives the wood that beautiful shine, and the vinegar cleans it.
Nobody is gonna die if they lick the table now, believe you me.
You guys. We are dusting. We basically need something to moisten the cloth so the dust particles will stick to it. Why does man complicate things so much?
[Oh yeah. Sales.]
I am absolutely in love with this new formula and I am throwing away that bottle of orange poison I’ve had stashed in the back of my cabinet and forgot about.
One less toxic thing in my house. I’m making progress.
- I have not done a cost analysis, but I really feel this is a cheaper way to go. But I can’t be certain. I’m a tightwad and I hate to spend money on consumable products.
- I don’t think the vinegar smell is completely removed even after the essential oil and peeling was added. I’m being completely honest. For me, though, that is not a problem. It does not bother me in the least and I will say that it disappears very quickly.
- I think the infusing the oil and vinegar with the orange peel helped kill most of the vinegar smell, but that part is completely optional. I know how expensive essential oils can be so I tend to want to use the very minimum to save money, but I usually have an orange in my fruit basket. Why not use that to further infuse my cleaning products with it’s natural fragrance and oils? I would have discarded the peeling when I ate it anyway, right?. I still got to eat the fruit.
- I don’t see why this couldn’t be done with lemon as well.
- Definitely shake before using each time.
- I used extra virgin olive oil for this because that’s what I had on hand, but I you could definitely use regular olive oil. No need to spend money on the good stuff when it’s going on the furniture.
- 1 cup olive oil
- ½ cup white vinegar
- The zest and peel of one orange, optional
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- Heat the olive oil. vinegar, and zest and peeling of one orange (I zest first, then I cut the thicker peel off in large chunks) over medium heat until hot, not boiling in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and let cool completely. (Can let sit for several hours.)
- Strain into a large measuring cup (at least 2 cups) (discard zest and peel), then pour into a glass spray bottle. Add essential oil, place lid on tightly and shake. Shake each time before using.
- If you don’t want use the orange peel and heat it, just add the oil, vinegar and essential oil to a bottle and shake.
- *Always test a hidden area of your wood furniture first before using all over.
Let me put this out here again:
- I am not an essential oils expert. Not even.
- You should always do your own research and not take my word for anything.
- I am not trying to sell you essential oils. I do not sell them and I am not interested in selling them.
- I use them all the time at home in a variety of ways and I truly love them and they have truly helped me in most cases. I am just sharing what has worked for me with you.
- I am on my own path to leading a less toxic life, but I have not weeded every “bad” thing out yet. I still use things that have harsh chemicals and would not be considered organic or natural. I am a work in progress and I can only do what I can do. And for me, that usually means replacing one thing at a time.
- Essential oils are only one part of a healthy lifestyle.