DIY Reusable Duster Refills

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I live in the country, on a dirt road, under a bunch of trees – most of which flower or produce some type of seed (pinecones, helicopters, gumballs, etc.). We burn wood for heat, but also use our furnace when necessary. There is a huge mill about two miles away. Can’t you just imagine the amount of dust and pollen I encounter on a daily basis?

I’m like most of you – I’m busy and don’t have time to walk around constantly cleaning – but I like my little tchotchkes, which love to collect that annoying dust. I like (and expect) my house to be clean, but getting the job done is not one of my favorite ways to achieve that ambition.

This is where the refillable duster comes in – – It is the ultimate quick fix for cobwebs, tight spaces, wiping out a dry spill in my cabinet, and knocking down the never – ending dust.

The downside, oh yeah – it’s a big one, too – is the cost of those refills. It doesn’t matter if you buy the name brand or the store brand they are EXPENSIVE!!! They range anywhere from $8.00 (for 6) to $15.00 (for 10). Since you aren’t going to save money buying the refills, you might as well save yourself some time – Go ahead – walk by your trashcan and throw your money in it now.

I had to find a solution that would allow me to continue using this sweet little quick fix, so I thought I would try to make a reusable refill. It had to be something super simple and super easy that can be thrown in the washing machine and reused over and over. It also had to be cost effective.

After thinking long and hard and paying attention to what I had around me, I came up with several items that totally fill the bill. I was able to create all three styles below at no cost because I had felt on site, but you can definitely make two of them for FREE!

Another great feature you gain from these reusable duster refills is that you can lightly spritz them with a scent of your choice to refresh the air as you go along, spray with your choice of polish or oil, or you can use them wet. There are no little fibers here to matte together and prevent efficiency.

All three of the ideas below are quite easy and take very little time. Once you get the hang of the direction, you can actually make each of them in less than 10 minutes.

The first project style is the washcloth refill. It may appear difficult due to the number of steps, but this is where the general directions for all three styles are located. The washcloth refill has a fair amount of reach when dusting, picks up well, and washes easily.

The felt refill has the longest reach, picks up well, is very soft and gentle around those precious little pieces, but it takes more room to go between items.

The sock refill has the smallest cleaning area, which makes this project excellent for tight spaces – Think between the refrigerator or stove and the cabinets or wall. This one is also particularly good for cleaning vents, intakes, refrigerator breathing grids (the bottom), refrigerator coils, etc.

No matter which type of refill project is your favorite, you will certainly love the savings!

[PAGE]MYO Washcloth Duster Refill[/PAGE] You’ll Need:
Your Dusting Wand – small or extended
Sharp Fabric Scissors
Straight Pins
Thread
Sewing Machine OR Hand Sewing Needle

Supplies
Old Washcloths (I used an 11-1/2” X 11-1/2” old cloth that had a hole in it.)

Directions

1. Fold the cloth in half.

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2. Fold in half again keeping edges together as best as possible.

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3. Measure duster wand against cloth. If it fits, cut the cloth in half on the last fold you created to make two halves. Sit one half aside.

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diy-reusable-duster-refills
diy-reusable-duster-refills

4. Keeping the working cloth half folded, pin the two sides that run off the fold to keep the fabric folded.

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5. Fold the cloth in half so the pins meet – this will give you the center of the cloth. Mark the center at top and bottom with a pin, but don’t allow the pins to cause the cloth to stay folded.

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6. Unfold cloth. Run a heavy or tight stitch from the top center pin to the bottom center pin you placed in step 5. Be sure to back stitch or double stitch

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diy-reusable-duster-refills
diy-reusable-duster-refills

7. Insert dusting wand between layers using seam created in step 6 as center for prongs. Mark the widest part of the prongs with a pin leaving a little wiggle room for easy insertion and removal of prongs, but not so loose that the final product won’t stay on the wand. Remove the wand.

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8. Fold one side (with the original pins) toward the center using the newly placed pin as a fold guide. Mark the other end of the fold with a pin. Unfold and repeat for other side.

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diy-reusable-duster-refills

9. Run a heavy or tight stitch (back stitching beginning and end) from the open end to the folded end. Do this for both pin sets created in step 8. You should now have three seams that run parallel.

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diy-reusable-duster-refills

10. Cut original fold to within 1/2″ of first seam you get to. Repeat on other side.

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11. Cut 1/2″ fringe to within 1/2″ from the first seam you reach.

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This item will have a lot of little fibers that will initially come off of it, so take it outside and shake it well.

It is recommended you throw all of these in the washer on a rinse cycle WITH fabric softener and then in the dryer on low/no heat. This seems to help the fabric lose all the loose stuff shaking missed, pick up and hold dust better, and give off a very light scent (like the dry scented refills you can buy).

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[PAGE]MYO Felt Duster Refill[/PAGE] You’ll Need:
Your Dusting Wand – small or extended
Sharp Fabric Scissors
Straight Pins
Thread
Sewing Machine OR Hand Sewing Needle

Supplies
3 pieces Felt – 10” long X 6” wide (I used an old felt scarf)

Directions

1. Stack felt pieces on top of each other. Lightly pin together if necessary for sewing. Find the middle of the felt (long way) and sew a seam down the long middle. DO NOT CUT FRINGE!

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2. Fold in half (matching short ends) and pin together. Your piece should now be 6 layers thick with a fold at one end.

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3. Run a seam down the center over the original seam. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

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4. Complete the project using steps 7 through 11 above.

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It is recommended you throw all of these in the washer on a rinse cycle WITH fabric softener and then in the dryer on low/no heat. This seems to help the fabric lose all the loose stuff shaking missed, pick up and hold dust better, and give off a very light scent (like the dry scented refills you can buy).
[PAGE]MYO Sock Duster Refill[/PAGE] You’ll Need:
Your Dusting Wand – small or extended
Sharp Fabric Scissors
Straight Pins
Thread
Sewing Machine OR Hand Sewing Needle

Supplies
1 Old Adult Sock (My 4-legged babies thought it was their tug-o-war toy and created the lovely hole)

Directions

1. Turn sock wrong – side – out. Cut off the top and toe of the sock.

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diy-reusable-duster-refills

2. Fold the barrel portion in half long way, finding the center and marking it with straight pins. Create a seam that runs from pin to pin.

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3. Insert dusting wand between the layers using seam as the center for the prongs. Mark the widest part of the prongs with a pin leaving a little wiggle room for easy wand insertion, but not so loose that the final product won’t stay on the wand. Remove the wand. Sew a seam on each side of the original seam that runs parallel and from top pin to bottom pin.

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4. Cut the fold on each side to open the layers.

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5. Cut 1/2″ fringe on each side to within 1/2″ of seams. Shake well outside.

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This item will have a lot of little fibers that initially come off of it, too, so take it outside and shake well.

It is recommended you throw all of these in the washer on a rinse cycle WITH fabric softener and then in the dryer on low/no heat. This seems to help the fabric lose all the loose stuff shaking missed, pick up and hold dust better, and give off a very light scent (like the dry scented refills you can buy).

See Also

7 Comments

    • I like this idea a lot! :party1:

      I like your ideas.:Liss:

      Thank you dawest58 & SClady. I hope these work as well for you as they do for me.
      :laundry:

    • Thanks, very good tips for making these cleaning items

      This is a great idea. I’m going to try it when I need a new refill for mine.

      altina – Thank you for looking. These reusable refills are very easy to make and work great!

      julie14624 – Thank you for looking, too. Since writing this article, I have created enough of these gems for my best friend and I to clean our own houses and our parents’ houses. They make quick work of everyday touch-ups, but you can really tell the difference in time and money savings when conducting a regular weekly cleaning.

  1. great idea and so easy. i find myself dusting daily and it’s easy to make. thank you, for the money saving tip.:sew:

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