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Dust is one of those home annoyances that always resurfaces, no matter what. With newer construction, homes are better sealed and less drafty than ever before, which means dust accumulates even faster.

Most of our moms used Pledge and a feather duster to deal with dust, but it turns out the lemony fresh spray is not your best solution. Feather dusters just move dust around the surface. Pledge and other aerosol furniture sprays release toxic VOCs into the air with their fine mist.

Here are greener alternatives you can use to trap and remove dust. First, you need a soft microfiber cloth to dust. Unlike a rag or feather duster, microfiber cloths actually attract and hold dust. And microfiber cloths are washable, so you can toss them in the laundry to reuse again and again. As for the polish solution, you can make your own concoction or choose a green ready-made furniture polish.

1. Homemade Furniture Polish
Combine the juice of one lemon with a teaspoon of water and a teaspoon of olive oil. Lemon naturally cuts through grease, and olive oil will condition and shine your wood furniture. Because the ingredients are perishable, you'll need to make this solution fresh each time.

2. Green Furniture Polishes
Pair any of these green furniture polishes with a microfiber cloth, and you'll have a non-toxic solution for kicking out the dust in your home. You'll find many of these green polishes use olive oil in their solution, too.

Got another eco-friendly solution for banishing dust? Share it here!

And for more eco-friendly cleaning products, check out this video to learn how to make your own:


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