DIY Furniture Polish, Wood Polish, Dusting Spray

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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?!

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. 😉

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.

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?

RELATED: My Current Green Cleaning Routine

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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

49 thoughts 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. Gwyneth Medina

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

    1. 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. 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

    Neit

  5. 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

    1. 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!

  6. 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 )??

  7. 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?

  8. The Superhost JetsetterJason

    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.

    Thanks!

  9. 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?

    1. 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!

  10. 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?

  11. 4 stars
    Hi,

    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!! 

  12. Marilyn Buhlmann

    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.

  13. 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!

      1. I was just curious because of the other comment about it going rancid if left too long. I think I will just use olive oil and cut the batch in half. 🙂 Thanks for your prompt response!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!!

  16. 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,
    Tracie

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

    1. 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!

  17. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  18. Julie Schiavone

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

    1. 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! ????

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Tips for a healthier home

Here are some eco-friendly home care tips for a healthy and green living:
  • Switch your cleaning products to eco-friendly options. You can find many of these in the grocery store and online.
  • Use sustainable materials for furniture, such as wood instead of plastic or metal. This will help create less waste and reduce the amount of natural resources that are used to produce them.
  • Choose lightbulbs with little or no mercury. These not only create less waste but also have an impact on climate change by using less electricity.
  • Plant trees around your property. Trees benefit the environment by providing shade, absorbing carbon dioxide, and purifying the air with their leaves. They also provide fuel for firewood during colder months and a habitat for wildlife. The benefits of planting trees go far beyond what you see right in front of you!

Green cleaning products

One way to make your home more eco-friendly is by switching over to green cleaning products. These products aren’t as harsh on the environment as traditional household cleaners and are less likely to cause allergies or other health issues. Plus, you can find a variety of green cleaning products that work for every type of surface in your home.

Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products

There are many cleaning products that you can use in your home that are environmentally friendly. One of the best ways to start is by switching to eco-friendly cleaning products. Many people don’t know that there are many types of eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today, including laundry detergent and dishwasher soap. A switch to green cleaners can be a simple way to create an environmentally friendly living environment.

Safer and more environmentally friendly ways to clean your home

If you want to make your home safer and more environmentally friendly, then you can switch from using toxic cleaning products to using eco-friendly alternatives. For example, if you want to clean your toilet, then you could use vinegar instead of bleach or other harsh chemicals. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer, so it will do the job without harming the environment. You can also use baking soda as a healthy alternative to many household cleaners. Baking soda is an abrasive cleaner that breaks down dirt and grime; it’s also non-toxic, so it won’t harm people or the environment. It’s also inexpensive, so you can use it liberally without worrying about running out of supply too quickly.

Sustainable living

Most people are more aware of the environment these days and want to do their part to make it a better place. Homeowners and renters alike are doing everything from switching to environmentally friendly cleaning products, to using sustainable materials for furniture. Here are some tips for living an eco-friendly lifestyle in your home:
    • Clean with white vinegar – You can use this as a natural disinfectant that is also eco-friendly. It is also inexpensive and easy on your pipes because you won’t be putting harsh chemicals down the drain.
    • Avoid aerosol cans – Aerosol cans contain harmful chemicals that will release into the air when sprayed. Try switching to an eco-friendly product or find another way to clean.
    • Use reusable napkins – Napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, even facial tissue all come wrapped in paper (or other packaging). Reusable napkins or dish towels will give you one less thing you need to throw away every day!
    • Put up a clothesline – Even if you live in an apartment or condo where putting up a clothesline isn’t possible, there are many ways you can still dry your clothes without using electricity or gas. For example, hang them outside on a sunny day or turn your oven on low heat and hang them from the top rack.

Living with less waste in your home

One of the best ways to reduce your ecological footprint is by reducing the amount of waste that your household produces. Take a look at what you’re throwing away and try to find alternatives.
For example, instead of buying disposable napkins, use cloth napkins that you can throw into the wash. If you need face wipes for removing makeup, consider making them yourself from reusable materials like cotton rounds. And if you want to stop using plastic bags, use canvas bags or have bags made from recycled material. There are many other ideas for eco-friendly alternatives in your home as well.

Sustainable materials for furniture

Did you know that the average American generates over 4 pounds of waste every day? This means that we are throwing away a lot of furniture and other items in our homes. To stop contributing to this problem, it is best to use sustainable materials for furniture. Sustainable materials are made from recycled materials which can be up-cycled into new products. Not only are these items better for the environment, but they also save money because the items will last longer.
Sustainable materials for furniture include:
      • Recycled plastic
      • MDF
      • Plywood
      • Timber reclaimed from old buildings or driftwood
      • Bamboo
      • Faux leather (made from cotton)
The pursuit of a healthy, green and sustainable home is achievable for anyone. It will require more time and effort, but the payoff will be worth it.
Start with the small things. Make a conscious effort to recycle, turn off appliances and lights when you’re not using them, and check your thermostat. It’s easy to get into a routine of living without giving it much thought, but the more you make an effort, the easier it will be to live sustainably.
After you’ve made changes in your everyday life, look for furniture that is made with sustainable materials. You can also buy an eco-friendly houseplant for your home that requires little care.
    1. Tips for a healthier home:
      • Turn off appliances and lights when you’re not using them
      • Check your thermostat
      • Make a conscious effort to recycle
    2. Green cleaning products:
      • Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products
      • Safer and more environmentally friendly ways to clean
      • Sustainable living:
      • Living with less waste in your home
      • Sustainable materials for furniture
  • Sustainable materials for furniture:
    • Consider buying furniture made with sustainable
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