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Pre-Treated Dust Cloths

These little things are handy to have, even if they are a bit messy and time consuming to make.  I think if you use them regularly instead of Grab-It or Swiffer pads, you can save a lot of money.  You could even go so far as to sew up the cloths to fit over the ends of your Swiffer or Grab-It mop like this inventive Homemaker

Pre-Treated Dust Cloth
1 tablespoon mild soap powder or grated soap such as Ivory Snow
1 tablespoon ammonia
2 tablespoons linseed oil
1 quart warm water

You will need several small pieces of flannel or other soft cloth to use as your cleaning cloths. Old cloth diapers work well, or cut up an old flannel shirt. Make the cloths about 8’x11″ .

Mix all the ingredients in a large plastic bucket or pan. Soak the pieces of cloth in this solution for about 10 minutes. Wring out the cloths and hang to dry. Store the cloths in a covered glass or plastic container. Once they are used a few times and are dirty, treat them again.

You can use these as dust cloths or on the Grab-It or Swiffer  type mops to dust mop the floors. The cloths will catch and hold dust and dirt really well. I don’t have any first hand experience with them harming anything, but if you use them, be careful not to use them on glass or things like television sets, I think the oil might not be good for those!


  1. Annie Ricketts

    Oh thank you for this!! We live in a little town a block away from fields. We are surrounded by the 2nd largest wheat producing county in the world!! Can you say dust?? It seems to creep in every nook and cranny! Ugh! I am always doing our floors (or putting it off becasue it is never ending)!! 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!

    • Sylvia

      You’re welcome, Annie. I hope they work well for you. Let me know what you think of them.

  2. Kim @ Homesteader's Heart

    Ah ha! A use for some cloth diapers I’ve held on to for way longer than I probably should have. LOL!
    Thanks for the idea my friend.
    Have a glorious day.