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How to Make Your Own Treated Dust Cloths

Dusting with cloths that are pretreated to attract and hold dust is a huge time-saver. But why spend money on store-bought ones when you can make them yourself for pennies?


  • Step 1: Mix your solution In a bowl, mix together the hot water and lemon oil, which you can find in health food stores.
  • Step 2: Add the cloths Dip some clean, untreated cotton cloths or cheesecloth squares into the mixture.
  • TIP: Tear up some old cotton T-shirts to use as dust cloths.
  • Step 3: Wring out Squeeze out the cloths and allow them to air dry. That's it -- they're ready to use. When they get dirty, toss them in the washing machine and start over.
  • Step 4: Store extras Keep extras in a closed container so they don't dry out; an empty coffee can or resealable plastic bag works fine.
  • FACT: The dustiest place on Earth is in the Sahara Desert, in Chad, where dust clouds can be over 400 miles long.

You Will Need

  • 2 c. hot water
  • 1 c. lemon essential oil
  • A bowl
  • Cotton cloths
  • A coffee can or resealable bag
  • Cotton T-shirts

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