Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Think Green Thursday

Michele hosts Think Green Thursday. This week she reminds us that tomorrow is BLOG ACTION DAY: CLIMATE CHANGE 2009.

An easy way to clean house is with treated cleaning cloths, you know the kind that have the polish already in them. Well you can take the GREEN way and still have an easy to use cleaning cloth. You can make your own.

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 Cloths


  • 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.


Jim said...

Hi Mary, my leaf blower method is quicker:
1. Open the door you want the dirt to blow out.
2. Systematically blow on every surface, starting the furthest away from the door.
3. Close the door.

This is the greenest of all cleaning methods. Nothing is wasted, it is all sent outside for Mother Nature to recycle.
BTW, I haven't forgotten the P.C. for you. I still haven't been to touristy places.

Loree said...

How interesting. I might give it a try.

Marites said...

I did blog action day too :D this is a very informative post here. cool!

Marilyn said...

I didn't know about this blog action thingum... what a neat idea.

I wonder how expensive lemon oil is. This seems like a really good idea.

SandyCarlson said...

Definitely worth a try, Mary! Thanks.