DIY Dust Cleaners
Commercial dusters and cleansers are readily available on grocery store shelves, but these often contain harsh chemicals you may not want to bring into your home. With a few simple household ingredients, you can make your own dusting sprays and cleaners. These easy and inexpensive cleansers will remove dust, shine glass and even disinfect. Be kinder to your furniture and the environment with effective but natural do-it-yourself cleaning supplies.
Even homemade and natural cleansers can be toxic. Clearly label all of your homemade cleaning supplies and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
Mrs. Clean recommends this simple homemade furniture polish to add shine to your wooden furniture, remove dust and actually repel future dust deposits. To use, simply combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto a clean dust rag. This polish is effective and leaves behind a light lemon scent.
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 cups water
If you don't have mineral oil on hand, try this alternative recipe featured in The Huffington Post. Combine all three ingredients in an empty spray bottle and mix them well. Spray the mixture onto a cloth and you're ready to dust your furniture.
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 quart water
For an environmentally friendly way to clean windows and dust glass surfaces, Earth Easy suggests combining vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on the glass and then wipe with a clean, lint-free rag or crumpled newspaper.
- Always follow this recipe exactly and don't add more vinegar. Doing so may etch the glass, making it appear cloudy over time.
- Use black and white newspaper only on windows. Avoid colored papers.
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1 gallon warm water
When you need to dust and disinfect, like when cleaning a dusty toilet tank lid, make your own natural disinfectant with this recipe from Mrs. Clean. Again, simply combine the ingredients thoroughly in a spray bottle and squirt the liquid onto a clean rag or cloth. This mixture deodorizes and disinfects like bleach but is safe to use on any surface.
Now that you have your homemade cleaner, learn how to apply it with the correct dusting technique.
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