This has been a productive summer in the way of homesteading projects! While I didn't get even close to finishing my project list, I have:
-learned how to save heirloom tomato seeds
-canned tomato sauce and tomato paste
-made tons of home and health products
-made and canned chicken broth
-tried my hand at a succession planting of lettuce and garlic
So, I'm choosing to celebrate that. **Adds 50 items to next years project list.**
Now you might be thinking 'of all the things she could share...a dusting spray recipe?' But here's the thing: I have tried for years to green my cleaning and stop buying wasteful, chemical-laden products. Those darn '1 part vinegar, 1 part water, splash of lemon' type of recipes have just never cut it for me, though.
1. I need some real life measurements.
2. I want all the familiar comforts of Pledge. I'm talking the perfect mist across the wood surface, the lemony clean smell, and the slightly polished feel of the wood. I am not so far gone that I don't still want the comforts of modern cleaning products!
So, yea, this chica is quite excited to have found even 1 homemade product that I can say with certainty I will stick to! (Actually, I have now found several, but I won't overwhelm you with all of the excitement at once. You're welcome.)
All of these ingredients are perfectly edible and the lemon essential oil provides benefits to the air and surfaces that go far beyond what Pledge ever could. Safety note, though - not all oils are created equal! I only recommend using a 100% Certified Therapeutic Grade oil. Contact me to get my recommendation and some free samples mailed straight to your door.
In a nutshell, this duster is healthier, less wasteful, dirt cheap, and readily available anytime because I keep these ingredients stocked in my home for a number of uses. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Homemade Furniture Dusting Spray
Add these in order to a 16 oz glass bottle like this one. Give a little shake and dust away! I wipe it up with one of the soft linen cloths that I use for drying dishes. Because you have a mixture of oil and water in there, you do need to shake here and there while you're cleaning. I also found this to be great on metal lamps and the glass in picture frames.
*Note: You cannot replace the lemon essential oil with lemon juice because they have different chemical properties. Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind unlike juice which is squeezed from the flesh of the fruit. Shoot me a message to get a free sample in the mail. I will make sure it's enough for your first round of spray!
**I like keeping the recipe right on the bottle so that I don't have to get on my computer to look it up every time I'm out. I use Avery Labels 22806, but you might consider a waterproof label instead.
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Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.