If you have a trusty feather duster that you love, it can be helpful to give it a good cleaning every once in awhile so it will have a good long life. Here’s how to clean a feather duster!
It’s no secret that I love a good feather duster. A high quality ostrich feather duster is absolutely the easiest to use, most effective tool in existence for removing dust from your home. Those fluffy feathers just have a way of grabbing dust and holding on to it with an iron, while also being totally gentle on all your knick knacks and decorative items. Most of the time, all you need to do is go outside and give your feather duster a good shake to release all of the dust that you’ve collected, but it’s also a good idea to clean a feather duster in a more intensive way every so often.
How to Clean a Feather Duster: Why? How Often?
You may not realize it, but the surfaces that you dust probably have a tiny amount of other substances on them and not just the dry dust you see. There may be traces of cleaners that you’ve used in the past to wipe up, oily residues, or even just a bit of moisture from the air. All of these things can build up on your feather duster over time and cause the dust to stick and not release during your regular post-dusting outdoor shake down. You also want to ensure that dust mites don’t make your feather duster their long-term home because they’ll destroy it over time. A good feather duster that is well cared for can last years and will save you a ton of money versus buying disposable dusters over and over again.
You should clean your feather duster about once or twice a year to keep it in the best shape possible. But don’t worry, it’ll only take you about 3 minutes. Even though you don’t need to do it very often, this isn’t one of those super challenging once-a-year deep cleaning tasks.
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How to Clean a Feather Duster: Step by Step
Start out by filling a clean sink with warm water. Add a few drops of basic dish soap into the sink as it fills.
Dip your feather duster right into the warm water and swish it back and forth gently a few times.
Remove it from the water and rinse it out with warm water until the water runs clear.
Laugh at how funny it looks.
Blot it dry with a soft towel and place it in a jar or a vase to dry, fluffy side up.
If you really want to fluff it up extra nicely, use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to dry it for about two minutes.
And that’s all it takes to clean a feather duster! There’s really no reason not to do it!
Have you ever thought to give your feather duster a bath?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.