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Ditch store-bought cleaners! This homemade furniture polish, wood polish and dusting spray is easy to make, affordable and super effective. It’s made with vinegar, olive oil, Castile soap and essential oils to safely clean your home. And all for just $3.14 a bottle!

Ingredients on a table for a DIY Furniture Polish, Wood Polish, Dusting Spray recipe: lemon, olive oil, castile soap, and essential oils.

UPDATE: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated to reflect new information and helpful content.

We’re back with another DIY Natural Cleaning Recipe!

This time, we’re whipping up a dust, wood and furniture polish spray that might as well be salad dressing–oil, vinegar and citrus are the main ingredients, so this is one cleaning product that’s good enough to eat. 😉

Of course, I’m not recommending you actually eat this cleaner (come on, people!), but doesn’t it make you feel good to know that it’s so safe you could actually serve it to your family for dinner?!

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Why make your own homemade furniture polish?

Okay, if you’ve been following along for a while, you surely know by now why you should make your own cleaning products.

But in case you’re new or you’ve forgotten or you need yet another reminder, check out this story I wrote for The TODAY Show about why DIY Homemade cleaning products are infinitely better than toxic, expensive store-bought cleaners.

Of course, safety and health are the number one reasons to make your own cleaners, but I have to say that one of the more practical and tangible reasons I’ve stuck with DIY cleaning is because the savings are UNREAL!

My recipe for Homemade Bathroom Cleaner costs just $1.29 to make; Granite/Marble Countertop Cleaner only $1.27; Natural Dryer Sheets are just $.018/load; and DIY Glass + Window Cleaner is only $0.74!

You’re basically getting paid to clean your house at this point. 😉

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This homemade furniture polish recipe is no different. The entire bottle cost me a mere $3.14 to make, compared to store-bought cleaners, which average around $8-12 per bottle. Take a look:

  • olive oil (I paid $17 for 68 ounces at Costco, but I only used 8 ounces = $2)
  • white vinegar (I paid $11.67 for 128 ounces, but I only used 8 ounces = $0.72)
  • castile soap (I paid $20 for 30 ounces, but I only used .16 ounces = $0.11)
  • citrus essential oils (I paid $3.95 for .25 ounces, but I only used .02 ounces = $0.31)

Total cost = $3.14

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A glass spray bottle with the word 'dusting' on the label, sitting on a surface with a cloth, sliced lemons, and essential oil bottles.


Sometimes I get looks from my friends and family when I start talking about toxic products. You know the look–it’s a combo of disinterest, pity, condescension and, ultimately, incredulity as they pretend to listen to what I’m saying, while really thinking that I’m just some crazy hippie rambling on again about nonsense that’s not backed by science.

Eh, Eh, Eh… the truth is there with hard facts and scientific studies to back up these claims of toxicity. Once I learned about how harmful these household products were, I simply couldn’t keep my mouth shut.

Here’s the proof: of the most popular store-bought furniture cleaners and dusting sprays on the market (that would be Pledge, Method, Old English, Swiffer and Bona), every single one of these products is rated an F (the most dangerous score) by the EWG.

This is NOT good, friends–an F rating means the product contains significant hazards to health or the environment, and/or companies don’t disclose their full ingredients list, which is a HUGE RED FLAG. What are they trying to hide?

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Take a look at some of the most toxic ingredients found in the above furniture cleaners:

  • ColorsProven to cause cancer. Enough said.
  • PreservativesThis unspecified ingredient may contain carcinogens like formaldehyde, an asthmagen that also causes severe skin burns and eye damage, allergic skin reactions and is harmful to sea life.
  • MethylisothiazolinoneTrying to pronounce this ingredient is scary enough. Lest you forget the preservative is also an allergen causing skin and respiratory irritation. And lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that it may be neurotoxic.
  • Film FormerThis is another unspecified ingredient that is riddled with impurities, like Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane, which have potential for cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive harm, and damage to DNA.

A few other gems that can be found in these toxic dusting sprays, wood polishers, and furniture cleaners include C122-20 Isoparaffin (high risk of cancer), Petroleum Gases (yes, as in the fuel used in cars, which causes genetic defects and cancer) and fragrance, another hormone disruptor and asthmagen with links to skin irritation, allergies, nervous system defects and acute aquatic toxicity.

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Fortunately, my DIY furniture polish recipe will have you cleaning dust, wood and hard furniture surfaces just as effectively (if not more!) without any of the negative side effects.

A glass spray bottle with the word 'furniture' on the label, sitting on a surface with a cloth, sliced lemons, and essential oil bottles.


Alright, so here’s the deal. Instead of loading up our cleaners with harmful chemicals, preservatives and toxins, we’re keeping it really simple.

All you need is olive oil, white vinegar, and castile soap. Simply add these natural ingredients to a spray bottle and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down hard surfaces, like wood and furniture.

They’ll be left shiny, the wood undamaged and nourished. And it’s a great way to dust hard surfaces around your home.

If you add some essential oils to the blend, it’ll smell amazing. As usual, I recommend citrus essential oils, like lemon, orange or grapefruit. For fans of Pledge, you’ll get a nearly identical smell from this cleaner.

Where to buy essential oils? I love Plant Therapy, whose oils are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants, or dilutions. Their facility is USDA Certified Organic, and their prices are also SUPER reasonable! Get 10% off your order of $50 or more sitewide with the coupon code ROOT10!

Happy Cleaning!

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A glass spray bottle with the word 'dusting' on the label, sitting on a surface with a cloth, sliced lemons, and essential oil bottles.
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4.3 from 10 votes

DIY Furniture Polish, Wood Polish, Dusting Spray

Ditch store-bought cleaners! This homemade furniture polish, wood polish and dusting spray is easy to make, affordable and super effective. It’s made with vinegar, olive oil, Castile soap and essential oils to safely clean your home. And all for just $3.14 a bottle!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Cleaning
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Olivia Johnson



  • Pour all ingredients into a bottle (I recommend these). Fit with a spray top. Gently shake the bottle to mix the ingredients together. Use immediately or as needed.
  • To use: Spray furniture or surface with the spray and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

DIY Furniture Polish, Wood Polish, Dusting Spray

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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49 comments on “DIY Furniture Polish, Wood Polish, Dusting Spray”

  1. I wonder if the vinegar and castile soap is creating some sort of esterification in this recipe? I noticed a couple people mention a weird oily residue. Castile soap and vinegar in general do not mix and cause the soap to revert back into oils. It’s not pretty. Usually you end up with a white cloudy greasy mess. Even though there’s a very small amount of it I am wondering if that’s what’s causing peoples negative experience.

  2. Hello! Just want to inquire what’s the difference between this with your recipe for an all-purpose cleaner? Thank you!

    • Hi, Gwyneth! For this, we add castille soap and extra virgin olive oil to nourish the wood. Our all-purpose cleaner doesn’t have those extra ingredients, but can also be used as a furniture polish. Your wood just won’t quite have the sheen that it would with olive oil and castille soap. I hope this helps!

  3. 2 stars
    Not a fan. I agree that it separates too quickly. If not removed from the wood surface immediately, it leaves hard-to-remove spots which appear to be stubborn congealed oil.

  4. Does it work with walnut oil? I know it is more expensive, but wondered if works better for the wood

  5. 4 stars
    Hello Kate,

    I really enjoyed your post and will definitely be trying out this recipe. I have made my own all natural beez wax furniture wax before and love it so I am pretty sure this is going to be one of my favourites too.

    Keep up the good work


  6. Hi!
    I have been looking for some great natural cleaners and I never thought to DIY! Thank you for these!

  7. Hello there!

    Can we use cidrr vineger instead of white vineger? (In Portugal there’s no white voneger in bulk or in glass bottles)

    Thank yoi

    • Hi Mariana!

      This is a fantastic question! I haven’t personally tried that substitution, but you could do some research into the cleaning properties and effectiveness of the cider vinegar to see if it’s a good substitution!

  8. I really want to like this, but it separates into layers and my arm hurts from shaking the bottle before every spray to mix it back together. What am I doing wrong (other than being an out-of-shape wimp with no arm muscles ;D )??

  9. Why not use cheapest olive oil? Also I cannot find good spray bottles that last.. They stop pumping. Can anyone recomend a good spray bottle?

  10. Can’t wait to try this as there is so much wood in my 19th century brownstone and although Murphy’s works for me, its not for everything and I know its not entirely natural or without harmful ingredients.

    I realize this is an older article but I noticed the spray bottles you recommend are clear glass – both olive oil and essential oils are degraded by sunlight so it might be better to use an amber glass spray bottle in these applications.


  11. I really liked the way this went on and the results but the vinegar smell was overpowering. I used the same measurements you did and even put a couple extra drops of orange essential oil in it. Do you smell the vinegar predominately when you are using this?

    • It does smell like vinegar for sure, but shouldn’t be super overpowering. Did you use white distilled? You could try a different oil (either a different scent, or a different company) to see if that helps!

  12. How long does this dust spray last? 

  13. I’ve made it a goal this year to start replacing the majority of my products with natural solutions. Excited to try this dusting spray! I see the link you posted for the glass bottles you use. Any recommendation for labels?

  14. 4 stars

    I’ve actually read a short article from Lisa Bronner; saying not to mix vinegar and Castile soap. The Castile soap is a base and the veingar is an acid and essentially the two cancel each other out. So with that being said…I would assume a no toxic soap would be fine to use? I love your recipes!! 

  15. chemically, the castile soap should be the emulsifying agent to keep the vinegar and oil from separating. I would add the soap to the oil and shake and then add the vinegar.

  16. Hi Kate,

    What are your thoughts on substituting the olive oil for grapeseed oil!? I am about to make my first batch of this wood cleaner. Looking forward!

  17. Hi! Thanks for your recipe! I’ve been searching for a DIY natural furniture polish for quite some time now, but have been hesitant to try the recipes I’ve come across in case I wasn’t pleased with the results. I’m looking forward to trying yours out, though! I was just wondering how long it’s good for once it’s made. That is to say, I’ve read that olive oil can go rancid and smell bad after a while. Have you noticed this happening at all? Do we need to use it up within a certain amount of time? Many thanks in advance for your answers!

  18. I’ve tried several DIY dusting/polishing recipes.This is the only one that I will use again! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  19. Hello,
    I have been on a journey for almost two years myself but not for me , for my Italian greyhound. As I cried out to God, and turned to His word- I felt His hand and leading as I turned to the internet. I had no idea the powerhouse of God’s creation for everything in life! I began researching God’s word, Our history, pioneers and dogs, and took all that to the internet. I researched modern life, processes, ingredients, labels, and growth and extraction etc.. Fast forward from a long slow tedious journey- Millicent is healed and beginning to thrive again! The Lord Jesus Christ saved her life without a doubt! But, He used His power within raw organic meat and raw organic supplements! I’ve had to change everything in her life and mine.. I am forever changed with how I think, perceive, judge, buy, and use in all areas of life and home . It’s overwhelming because I learned that I need the changes for our life as much as she does. A real eye opener that I could not ponder or act upon until she was in the clear. ( I’ve had her since 8 weeks- started when she 10- serious last 2 years) In January, we celebrated her 14th birthday! So, I am very new to dyi. I began tossing stuff to help Millie but they were lesser evils- I had to start somewhere and research is a slow process. It’s to much trying to change entire way of shopping, eating, cooking, cleaning and grooming.. It defeated me before I could start. So, I am making small simple changes -a few at time and going slowly. This alllows the Lord to uphold my hope and faith and encourages me to move forward.. No one in my life does any of this nor do they know all the horrors etc.. So, I’m constantly researching, reading, and applying bit by bit- hoping to educate my loved ones in the process.. paleo, whole30, primal, Keto and leaky gut- never heard of… I have just discovered essential oils and am now confident to start some dyi- starting with cleaning recipes- as I enjoy cleaning that is maintained. Hence, today, back on computer,
    I came across your site. What an encouragement your testimony is! What a blessing to share yourself and wisdom with others! Thank You!
    Right now, I am interested in trying your wood, dust, and polish spray. I only have an 8 oz bottle. I know I just cut the regular ingredients in half-right? But, I am not sure if I am supposed to reduce the drops of essential oil or leave it the same. If I am to reduce, how many drops do I use for 8 oz bottle? Then, how many drops if using two oils? ( I have lemon, orange, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus on hand). Would you please suggest a combo you think would be an asset to your dust spray?

    With Joy and Hope,

    • Hi Tracie – so glad to hear you’re on a positive healing journey! Thanks for your appreciation of R+R. If you cut the recipe in half, then yes, also cut the number of essential oil drops in half. For which oils to use, it’s totally up to you – whatever scents you like and smell clean to you will work! Start with combining only 2 at a time so you don’t overdo it. Hope that helps!

    • I was researching for a floor/furniture cleaner and ran across your recipe. I have made my own before but I just installed new wood floors and wanted to make sure the diy cleaner would not leave any residue.
      I was also reading the comments from Tracie and like her, I have a strong faith. Glad she steps out and shares her love for the Lord! I have been on the same journey for years, transforming my household, diet and body care to a safer cleaner less toxic way of life. Most people are not interested. I just got involved with a skin care company that is working towards the same goals, Beautycounter. I never buy anything without checking out the ingredients! Our choices are limited but thankfully we now have many safe ingredients available to make our own. Thank you for the recipe.

  20. If you don’t have Castile soap is there a substitute? Would baking soda work?

    • Hi, Concetta: I would just leave it out or use a non-toxic dish soap if you have it. Baking soda is very abrasive so I definitely would not use that to polish furniture or clean your floors, since it will scratch. Thanks!

  21. Hello. I was wondering if you can substitute mineral oil for the olive oil? And also can I use this on other types of surfaces? I looking for a multi surface dusting spray.
    Thank you

    • Hi, Crystal: I’m not familiar with mineral oil, but I know it’s bad for your skin. I would really stick with olive oil for this recipe. And yes, you can use it on tons of different surfaces. It’s a perfect dusting spray for just about any surface 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    This works as good as it smells (love the citrus oils) 🙂

  23. 5 stars
    Always focused on healthy food but never thought about the products I use at home. Keep these coming!

  24. You cannot mix castile soap and vinegar. It clumps and will not mix

    • Hi, Erica: I’ve heard this before too but have not found that to be the case when I’ve made my own cleaners, which I’ve been doing for years and only use DIY cleaners now. If you directly mix vinegar with castile soap, it can curdle. But in this instance, I think because there’s a lot of other liquid and so little soap, it prevents the curdling. I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and haven’t experienced any curdling or other negative side effects, so I think it’s okay. If you’re worried, you could sub in sals suds or leave out the castile soap. But, like I said, I’ve never had an issue with it and this mixture cleans like a dream for me! ????