More Efficient Dusting

Help, Please

I have heard of dust cloths treated so that they collect the dust , instead of spreading it. I have also seen how to make them. I think it involves witch hazel. I can no longer find the source. Can anyone help me? Thanks.
Jari in Dusty Texas

Just Add Water

Our daughter has asthma and allergies. As part of the steps to "allergy-proof" your home, it was suggested to dust with just a damp rag to catch the dust, not spread it.

'Attractive' Cloths

I save my used fabric softener sheets, they are great for dusting. I especially like them for removing the dust from electronic equiptment, like the computer screen....and the static control helps to repel dust.
Kris B.

Mineral Oil Additive

I have found a good solution for dusting that is cheap and easy.......
I take some chamois cloths that I get at Walmart and I sprinkle them with mineral oil (found at any drug store). It works for dust and especially for picking up dog hair...I tie it to my mop and dust the floors with it. It works wonders!!
Tamara T.

Mom's Advice

Here is a recipe for Dust Cloths, I found in a cookbook called Where's Mom Now That I Need Her.

  • 1 Tablespoon mild soap powder
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon ammonia
  • 2 Tablespoons boiled linseed oil or a good furniture polish

Mix ingredients well. Dip soft, cotton cloths (cloth diapers are ideal) into the solution. After a few minutes squeeze out, dry and store in covered glass, plastic or tin container. Treat cloths after each washing.
Karla in OKC

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