We are continuing to look at ways to reduce all the cleaning products in your home, and save a little money while doing so. I used to use Pledge to dust all my surfaces, but truthfully, I just felt like I was smearing the Pledge around, and it never seemed to wipe up well. These are now the only two items I use to dust everything in my house!
Here’s What You’ll Need
- An old pillowcase (that’s mine from high school. Yep, the pillowcase of a child in the 90’s)
- A Microfiber Dusting Mitt- you can find one on Amazon here.
To dust all the surfaces in my home, I use the microfiber mitt: I dust tables, desks, shelves, picture frames, dressers, window sills, the banister, etc. Take a look- here’s a shelf in my office before dusting (you can see where little containers were sitting on the shelf… gross!)
I just ran the dust mitt over it, and the microfiber attracts and catches the dust. See?
You can wash microfiber in hot water over and over, but DON’T dry it (drying makes the microfiber lose it’s “trapping ability”). Also, do NOT use fabric softener. I’ve had this mitt for over 3 years and it still works amazingly well! If the cloth gets really full of dust, you’ll need to wash it before continuing. It can only hold so much before washing is required.
I use a pillowcase to dust ceiling fans. Here’s the nasty ceiling fan in my son’s room.
You just put the pillowcase over the blade of the fan (be sure the fan’s not on!!!) like this:
Put your hands around the blade and pull the pillowcase off, this traps all the dust inside the pillowcase, and it’s not just flying all over the room. Doesn’t this look better?
Of course, you can wash the pillowcase in hot water and dry it to use again and again.
How Much Do You Save?
Buying Dust Spray at the Store
- Dusting Spray= The cheapest spray I could find was Pledge Clean and Dust Spray for 24.6¢ per fluid ounce ($3.93 for 16 oz bottle)
Using Dusting Supplies Here
- Old Pillow Case= Free
You really don’t need any dusting spray, so everything’s free!
*Because both options require a dusting cloth, that was not included in the price comparison.
Because using a microfiber dusting mitt doesn’t require any dusting spray, you can dust for free, saving you $3.93 per bottle of dust spray.
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