Sure, disposable cleaning products are convenient. Just clean to your heart’s content and then dispose of the unsightly evidence in a waste bin.
But those disposable products are often laden with harmful chemicals, cost tons of money, and harm the environment.
Abby at Sew Much Ado had loved using the Swiffer duster…until she sat down and realized the costs of using them! So she kept the benefit of the convenience and dust-trapping qualities of the Swiffer by making her own reusable, washable Swiffer duster cloths.
She prefers to use flannel. Microfiber would work too, but it creates a mess when cutting the fringe, and she personally thinks the flannel is better at picking up dust.
Abby used pink and white flannel squares. She stacked them with the small white squares on the outside, and the larger pink squares on the inside.
Sew a line straight down the middle to keep all the fabric pieces together. You may need to do this in layers, as it’s quite a bit of fabric!
Next, she folded the small white pieces and placed the Swiffer handle onto the large pink pieces, centered over the seam. Using a pen, she traced the line of the handle, leave spaces where the prongs of the handle curved.
Trace on both sides of the seam.
Fold the top and bottom white pieces, and stitch the lines going through the four layers of pink flannel. The curved part of the prongs will slide into the empty spaces and hold the handle in place.
Now, starting with the top layer of the large pink piece, trim about one inch of fabric from both sides.
Going up, trim until each layer is about one inch shorter than the layer beneath it. Repeat on both sides of the duster.
Now cut the edges of the flannel, perpendicular to the handle, at ½” intervals. Go through all the layers, until the duster is fringed all the way through.
Abby threw her new duster into the washer and dryer before using it. This frays the edges, making it easier to pick up dirt and dust. Clip stray threads as they appear.
See how well it works? More details here.