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!
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?!
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!
You’re basically getting paid to clean your house at this point. 😉
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
THE TRUTH: TOXIC DUST + WOOD CLEANERS
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:
- Colors: Proven to cause cancer. Enough said.
- Preservatives: This 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.
- Methylisothiazolinone: Trying 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 Former: This 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.
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.
CLEANING TIPS FOR DIY HOMEMADE FURNITURE CLEANERS
Alright, so here’s the deal. Instead of loading up our cleaners with harmful chemicals, preservatives and toxins, we’re keeping it really simple.
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.
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Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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