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I have a book of homemade cleaning supplies that was published in the 1930s. I just love it as a reference. It has recipes and solutions for every cleaning problem and homemade cleaning product that you can imagine. It's called America's Housekeeping Book and it is like having your grandmother's knowledge of housekeeping downloaded into your brain.

Treated Dust Cloths

Swiffer was not the first company to get the idea that a treated dust cloth would be convenient. Homemakers were doing that decades ago. By using a treated cloth dusting is less likely to kick up allergies because the dust particles are being collected rather than shaken into the air. It is easy, frugal, and there is virtually no packaging to worry about.

Cleaning and dusting isn't on anyone's list of favorite ways to spend a day. When you can use eco-friendly, homemade cleaning products and save money everything is a little nicer. If you have antique wood then it is especially important to use gentle, natural substances to clean it.

Of course the big question is if they work and the answer to that is a resounding "Yes!".

How to Make Homemade Dust ClothsMaterials:

- Container of some sort that has an airtight cover. An old baby wipe container will work.

- 5 cheesecloth squares cut to about 20 inches by 20 inches.

- 1 pint of hot water

- 1/4 cup lemon oil


1. Combine the water and lemon oil in a Mason jar. Cover and shake well.

2. Soak the cloth in the solution and squeeze out the excess.

3. Hang and allow to dry.

To Use:

Just take one of your treated cloths and dust wood furniture as you always do. The solution will help the dust adhere to the cloth and also leave a protective coat on your furniture. Added bonus? Your house will smell great!

To Wash Treated Dust Cloths:

When the cloth gets dirty just wash it in warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Repeat the dipping and drying process and it is ready to dust and polish more furniture.