I typically use a microfiber duster and cloth for dusting but have been trying out a couple other sustainable solutions. This one reminds me of how my grandma would keep her dusting cloth and oil on the basement steps. Every time I’d help her dust I’d grab that same cloth, add a little oil and dust away. Shake it outside when I was done and put it back on the basement steps. This recipe is my spin on her method, modernized and with a DIY recipe. I hope you give it a try – I keep a jar in my dusting caddy and use it weekly. Use a small jar and only keep 4-6 wipes in there at a time to ensure that the solution stays fresh or mix it up and use in a spray bottle.
DIY Citrus Wood Polishing Wipes
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil or almond oil – find these in my DIY cleaning category in my Amazon shop
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil
4-6 small cloths – I cut up an old flour sack towel, but you could upcycle old t-shirts or microfiber cloths
mason jar or spray bottle if you’d prefer the spray version (see below)
In a mason jar or container, mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Put the cloths in the mason jar or container and make sure that the liquid is soaked up by the cloths completely. You want the cloths to be barely damp but not wet. Prefer a spray bottle? Just double the ingredients and combine them in a spray bottle instead. Spray your cloth, not the surfaces.
You can find a version of this recipe and more in my newest book, Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home. If you don’t have the book, I highly recommend that you grab it and get started with my simple, room-by-room plan for a natural home – it’ll change your life!