Natural Cleaning Recipes: Homemade Dusting Spray and Electronics Cleaner

Maybe I’m a little strange but I just love the smell of furniture polish. It reminds me of when I was young, helping grandma clean the bookcases and old antique furniture. Furniture doesn’t require much to be maintained. Once a month give your furniture a good polishing with the recipes below. The remainder of the month, simply clean with a dry, cotton microfiber cloth.

Do not use water on wood that has not been painted, treated, varnished, or enameled. It can warp and discolor.

Furniture Polish for Varnished Wood

Spray onto a slightly damp, cotton microfiber cloth. Furniture polish should never be sprayed directly on furniture. Wipe furniture with the damp cloth then follow up by wiping with a dry, cotton cloth.

Furniture Polish for unVarnished Wood

Add all ingredients into measuring cup and mix well. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a squirt container. To clean furniture, pour a nickel sized amount onto a clean cotton microfiber cloth. Wipe using long strokes in the same direction. Follow up with a dry cotton cloth.

Electronics

To clean electronics simply spray some of the homemade window and mirror cleaner on a damp cotton microfiber cloth and wipe clean! This is not to be used on screens. Only use dry, lint-free cotton fiber cloth for screen cleaning. If you must use something wet when cleaning screens, a plain old alcohol pad is best.

Download Homemade Furniture Polish Spray Labels

For best results, print on mailing labels or Avery sticker paper. After adhering to bottle, use contact paper over the label to give it added protection.

 

 

Other posts in this series: Homemade All Natural Cleaning Products

Comments

  1. Regarding you post that mineral oil is toxic: Mineral oil is sold in your local pharmacy as a laxative to be taken orally. I’m not sure what mineral oil you are referring to as being toxic, but there are many recommendations to use mineral oil on wood surfaces including kitchen countertops and wood kitchen utensils. Also, olive oil can go rancid.

    • Hi Stephanie!

      I know that mineral oil is sold in stores as a laxative. My grandmothers repeatedly tried to get me to drink the stuff so I’d go into labor. ;)

      And yes, “toxic” is a loose term. What I’m suggesting is that mineral oil has been proven to cause some issues and therefore I don’t think it is worth the risk to use it.

      While I admit that I have not done a lengthy investigation into mineral oil I can tell you that from what I discovered during my basic search and the report from the Osha site, I am not comfortable with it. I could dig much deeper but the bottom line for me is that if there is a safer alternative then I’m going to use that. I don’t use cosmetics that contain mineral oils either.

      The olive oil was suggested to me by a furniture company and cabinet maker. It seems there are varying opinions on it’s effectiveness. Because of that I did more research a few months back and discovered the use of beeswax and orange essential oil as a furniture polish and cutting board sealer. It has worked unbelievably well. I will be revamping this post eventually but I prefer to wait until I’ve used it successfully for 6-8 months straight.

      • Thanks for your response to my comment on mineral oil safety. From what I see on the OSHA website, it’s an issue of inhaling the oil as a “mist.” Pouring oil from a bottle and rubbing with a cloth shouldn’t cause that sort of a problem. We use mineral oil on our wood countertops because I feel it’s much safer than the often recommended tung oil which can spontaneously combust. Because mineral oil is safe to ingest, I think it’s a good choice. As I mentioned in my post, olive oil can go rancid. When I purchased olive wood kitchen utensils in Italy, I was told specifically to use mineral oil and NOT olive oil for that reason.

  2. Ok, love this too. The polish I use now smells like cinnamon and I love it. I bet you could use cinnamon or clove essential oil as a substitute for lemon!

  3. ::danielle:: says:

    Thank you for doing this series! I made your vegetable wash and love using it! I plan to slowly transition to all natural cleaners in the next few months.

    I would like to know if mineral oil is toxic. When we purchased our teak armoire, we were told to clean it using mineral oil. If it’s toxic then I suppose I should make your olive oil dusting spray instead?

    Also, do you have any recommendations for where I can purchase good quality spray bottles? I would really like something shaped different from the standard round sprayer. I love the shape and look of the Method and Mrs. Meyer’s bottles.

    • Hey, Danielle! Mineral oil is a toxic substance. I wouldn’t use it. I know that it is highly recommended for valuable furniture but it isn’t necessary. You can read about the effects of minieral oil here: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthguidelines/oilmist/recognition.html. What I would do is test the olive oil solution on a hidden piece of the furniture first. Then let it sit for a week. That is how long it will take to reveal whether or not it is a good fit.

      For my bottles I actually do re-use a lot of Myers and Method bottles. That is where I find the best ones. :)

      • I agree with Amy. Many things that are labeled “mineral oil” are not truly mineral oil, meaning that some of them contain toxic elements inside…and of course, it’s not always labeled on the bottle what exactly goes into creating that. The olive oil is a natural, decades old method of cleaning/polishing :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia, Heather :)

  4. Awesome :) :) Our kitchen counter top is wood. It does have a slight varnish on it…but it’s slowly starting to wewar away. I’m thinking the recipe with the olive oil, will be a nice way to keep it looking nice, and to help keep the wood from cracking and splitting…at least, that’s what I tell myself :) :)
    I discovered this site called Vitacost…and that’s where I’ll order my liquid castille soap soon. I like to use that for a whole mess of DIY cleaning recipes :) :)Happy Valentine’s Day. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  5. ::danielle:: says:

    I love the whole natural cleaning series! I made the vegetable wash today. It worked great!

    Regarding furniture polish, Is mineral oil toxic? We were advised to use mineral oil on our teak entertainment center when we purchased it.

    Also, do you have a good source for buying quality spray bottles? I would like some “stylish” spray bottles to go with all the cute printables you created! I like the shape of the Method cleaner bottles a lot.

  6. Amy,

    Is there an alternative to lemon oil? I am allergic to lemon and looking for a good alternative. Tea Tree? Lavender?

  7. Amy, I mixed up a BIG batch of the bathroom scrubby stuff and the all purpose spray last week, and I have to say THANK YOU!
    My girls are even ENJOYING cleaning with these, and they smell so good. (Did I mention that they WORK?)
    This has been a fun, informative, and useful series. Thanks so much!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    ~april
    (living on just the other side of Baton Rouge!) :)

  8. Thank you for doing this series. I am using your all-purpose cleaner and washed my wood floors with the suggested olive oil/essential oil mixture. Already using my own laundry soap, and have purchased the crystallized lemon and orange to try in the dishwasher. :)

    Wondering if one of the “recipes” today is for UN-varnished wood.

    Blessings to you Amy!

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