How to Make a Feather Duster

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS LEARN HOW TO USE ONE

Using this dusting tool is easy, and it will reduce effort, and eliminate all need for chemical sprays and other toxic options. It is delicate enough to use on any surface, and the unique design actually allows you to lift up dust without even really touching the surface. Once a strong charge is created, it will act like a magnet to pull the dust off of any surface type, and then suck it right in toward the duster. The super soft fibers get in and around objects with ease, and the whole thing can bend to any shape to further facilitate use. Because it has a super thin inner core made of sturdy metal, it is also ideal for cleaning in tight places or under heavy objects. Follow the easy steps below to use your static duster like a pro.

  1. The first thing to do will be to purchase a static duster if you do not have one yet. We sell the large ones individually, or as a set, and you can also get one packaged with a super long extension pole in order to dust in hard to reach places or remove cobwebs from high ceilings. QUALITY DOES MATTER. Do not try and save fifty cents in order to pay a lower price. Inferior versions will not work the same.
  2. When your duster is brand new, it will appear compact when pulled from the plastic sleeve. A quick spin will fluff it up, separate the fibers, and get it ready to clean.
  3. After you fluff the fibers, you need to charge it up. You can certainly dust and get good results with an un-charged wand, but creating the charge only makes your job easier, and allows you to pick up more dust in less time. The easiest way to build a charge is by using a left over grocery bag, or something similar. If you hold the bag in one hand, and the duster in your other hand, and then rub the bag up and down while gripping the duster and slightly spinning it, static will build up quickly. If you are unsure of the motion required, simply refer to the video above.
  4. Once the charge is produced, you will be able to tell because the fibers will sort of stand on end, and stick straight out. It should only take a few seconds for this to occur, and once it does, you will be ready to clean.
  5. To begin dusting simply brush the fibers over dirty surfaces, and watch the duist dissappear as it is sucked up into the tool. You can spin it around small objects, press it against flat surfaces, or simply use a back and forth wiping motion.
  6. To clean mini blinds, use the duster upright, and press flush against the slats. Move down, and then back and forth to clean front and back in one motion.
  7. To clean house plants, simply twirl through the leaves to dust the top, bottom and even the stem in one fluid motion.
  8. To Dust a ceiling fan, simply bend to a right angle, and attach to an extension pole. Extend the pole and then brush the top of the blades to quickly eliminate dust with little effort.
  9. Dust around delicate objects without moving them, or eliminate dirt from antique furniture without worry.
  10. When the cleaning is done, simply shake out over a trash can or outside to release all dirt collected. The shaking action gets rid of the charge, so everything being held will drop down as you shake it.
  11. Over time the bright colored fibers may get dingy. If this is the case, you can wash the whole thing with soap and water and then let it hang to dry.
  12. This tool is not recommended for direct use on sensitive electronics when charged. Use near them without worry, or use on them when not fully charged.
If this duster can pick up a heavy piece of cotton, and make it travel upwards several inches, it can easily lift up much lighter particles of dust. This is why after a single pass over a TV stand or shelf in your home, it will completely eliminate any fluffy fuzz in order to leave the surface completely clean. You can easily get behind books, under knick knacks and more thanks to the safe and versatile material. You do not even need to touch the dirt or wipe it directly. Come into proximity with any small pieces,  and they will be pulled into the duster and then get locked into the fibers. The same charge that pulls in the dust will also hold it there until you safely release the charge over a trash can.

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How do you wash wool so it doesnt shrink?

Soak the sweater in cold water for 5-10 minutes before washing. This technique will prevent the wool from shrinking. Ensure all the entire garment is saturated with water. Use cold water as hot water or warm water will shrink wool.

Do Swiffer Dusters really work?

Repel or attract dust

There are major problems with Swiffer dusters that the tried and true feather duster solves marvellously. The feathers lift the dust and can be carefully shaken off onto the floor. Swiffer products may “lock in” the dust (which is only partially true) but that isn’t really a good thing.

The Crop Dusting Industry

For those who don’t work in the industry, it can be all too easy to overlook just how complex it is and how much goes into crop dusting. For one thing, the popular image of simply spritzing a few plants is erroneous.

According to JobMonkey.com, while crop dusters do indeed fly at low altitudes, they don’t just spray water, but also fertilizer, fungicide, and pesticides. They spray more than 180,000,000 acres of farmland in the United States alone.

Crop Dusting is Dangerous

What’s more, while steep daring dives a la North By Northwest aren’t typical, crop dusters do indeed fly at low altitudes, and this can be dangerous even if done correctly.

The importance, intricacy, and hazards of the job all contribute to the position’s increasing salary.

Editorial Team   Crop Duster Spraying Corn
Editorial Team Crop Duster Spraying Corn

According to InternationalStudent.com, crop duster pilots pilots have to undergo a great deal of training before they are cleared to fly crop dusting missions.

The cost of that training is then reflected in ag pilot salaries, meaning that investing in a license to do crop dusting can pay off long-term if work is found.

How To Become a Crop Duster (Ag Pilot)

In order to become a crop duster and work as an ag pilot, a pilot will have to undergo a series of examinations set forth by the FAA. These include a medical examination as well as 250 hours of flight time. 

Once those prerequisites have been reached, the pilot can apply for special training programs which will give them the skills and clearance they need to become a crop duster.

Editorial Team   Wing view of crop duster plane sp
Editorial Team Wing view of crop duster plane spraying corn

These days student pilots tend to train on flight simulators as part of their training due to the cost effectiveness and margin for error, especially for beginner student pilots.

Among the subjects touched on in these training sessions are classes focusing on the crops the pilot is learning to spray as well as the chemicals with which they’ll be working.

The plane they fly contributes to the cost of the profession as well. These planes are specially outfitted to be able to fly safely at low attitudes and drop the pesticides, water, and other payload items in a safe and efficient manner.

In order to meet those highly specialized needs, the planes which ag pilots fly typically cost between $100,000 to $900,000, according to JobMonkey.com.

How to Make a Duster

Supplies

  • Polyester or microfiber fabric
    • I used double brushed poly (the pink fruit fabric) for one side and some legging fabric for the other side. I love cutting up old leggings (or turning leggings into shorts) for fabric!
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine or serger

Cut up your fabric into squares. I did 6 inches by 6 inches for a small hand sized cloth, but you can go bigger or smaller. Since I serged the edges I didn’t lose any width or height, but I did lose all my corners to curves.

A 10 inch by 10 inch size would be nice a large for lots of dusting without being to big to hold with your hand.

If you are serging or sewing a zigzag on the edges, then place your fabric wrong sides together.

If you are sewing a zigzag and turning the cloths right side out, then place your fabric right sides together.

Finish the edges of your duster cloth however you want. You finished!

Get everything dusted with these great washable duster cloths!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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