There is a microfiber cloth that sits in my rag bin week after week as the Swiffer duster wand gets all the love. I actually feel that the microfiber picks up more dust but I'm able to reach more places (being a shorty) and maneuver the wand more without having to move objects. However, the waste this produces isn't very green- economically or ecologically. The trick was finding a way to put the microfiber onto the duster wand. The only problem- I don't sew. Like, at all.
The solution: using the same method as a no-sew fleece blanket.
What you will need:
- 12 in. by 12 in. microfiber cloths
- 1 duster wand with a tab to hold the cloth in place (shown in photos below)
- sharp pair of scissors
- 4 straight pins
Start by folding the microfiber cloth in half and place the wand directly in the middle. Slide the cloth underneath the tab to hold in place. (The generic brands will more than likely have this tab over the name brand.)
Using four straight pins, pin both layers along the wand. This will hold the fold in place when you start to cut the strips.
Take the wand out and make five cuts up to the straight pins. Depending on what side you start on the first or last cut will be along the fold of the cloth. Do not cut all the way across. You will have 2 layers of five strips on each side of the cloth.
Double knot the strips that are directly on top of each other, working down the row. Then do the same on the other side.
Take out the straight pins and slide the wand back in, securing the cloth in the tab to hold in place. Give it a good shake to get all the loose microfiber particles off from the cuts or you can wash it first before use.
Meijer has a six-pack of microfiber cloths for $5 that will last for years, even with multiple washings. The generic brand of duster refills would cost me $10 and only last about a month with disposables that drain the wallet and add to our increasing waste problem. This reusable dust wand is the best of both worlds: more green for the planet and more green for your wallet! Now all you have to do is wave your wand and watch the dust disappear.
Linked with the Homemade Monday series.