I love my Swifter Duster! It is what I use 98% of the time for all my dusting needs.
But I don't love the constant expense of having to buy the replacement dusters. It really adds up.
So I came up with a solution! Reusable, Washable Swifter Covers!!
Confession time. I don't really sew so I wasn't thrilled about pulling out my sewing machine. However, these ended up being really easy once I figured it all out.
So I am going to give you the simple how-to so that you don't make the same mistakes I did 🙂
You Will Need:
- Fleece, anti-pill preferred
- Most fleece comes 60" wide. Each duster will be 4.5"w x 7"t and have four layers. So with a strip of fleece 60" wide and 5" across you can make 2 dusters!
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
First you will want to cut your fleece 4.5"w x 7"t. You will need four pieces this size per duster.
Take what will be your top layer and cut about ¾" off of the bottom of this layer only.
Take your top two layers (including the shorter layer you just cut) and sew a squared "U" shape in the middle. This "U" shape should be about 1 ¾" wide and 4 ¾" long from the bottom of the short layer. These become the top two layers of your duster.
Layer two more fleece pieces underneath these top two layers and sew a line down the center of the fleece from the bottom of the short layer until the top of the "U".
If you like, you can round the corners of the duster at this point.
Next you will need to take a sharp pair of fabric scissors and cut your fringes.
Trim your top two layers close to the "U" being careful not to cut your stitch.
Trim the bottom two layers close to the straight line being careful not to cut any stitching.
That's it!! Pretty simple!
But they real test was in the usage of it. I admit I was a little skeptical. I know, I know. I made these but still wasn't sure how well they would work. So here is my 100% honest opinion.
They work better then the disposable Swifter Dusters. BETTER! Seriously!!
There was dust that didn't come off my baseboards the last time I dusted them with my disposable dusters and when I swiped my Reusable Swifter Duster over my baseboards, it cleaned the dust right off! I was pretty impressed.
I am actually sad that I have half a Costco-sized box of disposable dusters I still need to use because I think these fleece Reusable Dusters are even better!
When one gets pretty used, I can just toss it in the wash!
I made 4 dusters for less then $2!!! And since they are reusable so I am saving a ton of money! (And this is a better alternative for the environment as well.)
These would also make a great house-warming gift.
How great is that!?