This DIY Cleaner Will Prevent Dust From Building Up in Your Home

Dust isn't just dust—it's a veritable smorgasbord of grossness containing mold, skin cells, dust mites, and bacteria. Learn how to prevent it with a homemade dusting spray.

Keeping your house clean can be challenging, especially since dust and allergens seem to accumulate in the wrong areas. Don’t get me wrong, vacuuming is a great way to pick up dirt from around the house, but sometimes you will find that some areas collect more household dust than others. A DIY dusting spray is an easy but effective way to maintain dust.

How Do You Make a DIY Dust Cleaner?

Homemade dust cleaners are a great way to make your home smell fresh and clean without spending much money. They’re also easy to make, which makes them a great option if you’re on a budget.

Here’s how to make homemade cleaner:

  1. Combine 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a spray bottle. Shake well to combine ingredients.
  2. Sprinkle five drops of essential oil onto the mixture (or up to 10 drops for an extra-strong scent). Use any essential oils you like; some popular choices include eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit or lemon.
  3. Spray the mixture on furniture that needs cleaning and wipe off with a clean cloth or paper towel when done.

What Kinds of Surfaces Does This DIY Dust Cleaner Work On?

This cleaner can work on practically any surface—but does wonders on flooring, including carpeting and hardwood floors. It works on walls and ceilings, too. It’s a simple fix for getting rid of dust, dirt and other debris that may be present in your house.

Where To Store It

It is important to store your dusting spray in a dry, cool place. You should also keep it away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Dust cleaners can be stored in a cabinet, shelf, or closet near the floor—these places are best as they have limited exposure to sunlight or heat sources. Consider reusable glass spray bottles for easy refill and a sustainable cleaning solution.

When stored properly, this DIY dusting spray can last for years.

What Wipes Should You Use With This DIY Dust Cleaner?

You need to use dry and damp wipes. If the wipes are too wet, they will leave too much moisture on your furniture or flooring surface. The moisture can leave excess oil behind, which could stain certain surfaces or leave them feeling dirty.

It would help if you also avoided scented wipes, as they can leave a smell behind after cleaning. Instead, choose unscented, biodegradable wipes from natural ingredients like cotton and paper pulp. Or, consider using washable microfiber towels—which are just as sustainable and even more cost-effective.

DIY dust spray is only one of many solutions you can use to clean your home. Consider these other tips for even more ways to make your home less dusty.

Amanda Hoyer
Amanda Hoyer is a freelance writer and narrative strategist who loves to make an impact. She has written for a variety of different publications, including Digital Trends Media Group, Affinity Sites, 21Oak, ToughJobs, BlissMark, Avinitiv Media, Content Journey, PageOne Power, The HOTH, and a local newspaper. Amanda has experience in various industries, from nonprofits to startups to lifestyle brands. Her love for writing started when she was young and has only grown over time.