by Sarah J. Doyle
Spring cleaning is a “must”, so it is always nice to have a few short cuts to get the cleaning done a little faster in order to get back to the sewing room! The cleaning and dusting will no longer be a chore if you have an assortment of “dust busters” available to assist you with the cleaning.
Take an old terrycloth towel that is no longer being used and cut a strip the length of the towel and 2 1/2 inches wide. Sew the strip with 1/4″ seams and turn right side out. This strip easily slides onto a yardstick, which can be used to slide under the refrigerator, washer and dryer for quick cleaning. The strip can then be thrown into the washer to clean and save for the next time.
Washable Dust Mop Cover
That same old towel can be cut into the shape of your dust mop, then add about 4 inches all around. Turn under a hem and run elastic through it. Slip the terry cloth “cover” over the dust mop and use that for getting the spider webs
from the corners in the garage, or reaching areas that are hard to get to. And, as before, when finished, throw the cover into the washer to clean for the next time.
Washable Broom Duster
For a “broom duster” sew two old hand towels on three sides, leaving one end open. Sew elastic around the open end (elastic from discarded panty hose is just about the right size). This cover will slip over a broom to use for dusting in those hard to reach places. Once again, when finished simply throw it in the washer and dryer to clean it for the next time.
Another Helping Hand
For a no-sew solution to the dust and cobwebs that gather near the ceiling and other out-of-the-way places, try our Cobwebber made from a cotton garden glove.
When doing a thorough house cleaning, it is easier to do one job throughout the house, such as cleaning the fans in every room at the same time. Next you might dust and polish the furniture throughout the house, etc. By taking care of the cleaning “item by item”, the only cleaning supplies needed are those for that particular job, rather than loading yourself down with all the cleaning supplies in the house and dragging them from room to room.