Lemon dusters

I can guarantee that once you have made and tried these you will never use anything else. You can make them in separate little jars – they make great gifts – or I fill a large Agee jar and use them as I need them. The longer you leave them brewing in the jar, the better.

½ cup water
½ cup white vinegar
3–4 lemons
6 drops lemon essential oil
6 to 8 dusters
(made from old towels, nappies or sheets)

Mix equal quantities of water and white vinegar in a bowl. Add lemon essential oil, soak your clean dusters in the bowl for a few minutes and squeeze so that they are damp. Peel the rind off the lemons and lay a couple of pieces on each cloth. Roll up cloths lengthwise, then roll the other way into a ball. Place these in the jar one on top of each other, throw in the occasional extra piece of rind and screw on the lid. Take the dusters out when you need to use them, and if they aren’t too soiled you can roll them back up and use them again. The smell in the room is divine.

 

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  1. Hi – I am thinking of making my cloths into a ‘grab and go’ type cloth that goes on the end of a handle- I find with my arthritis these are great – but expensive to replace the disposable cloths! I would love to give my homemade grab and go cloths the ‘lemon’ treatment to, to make it even easier – can you wash them out when they get dirty and re-do them please?
    Thank you 🙂 Just found your site and love it!

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  2. Do you have an alternative suggestion to lemon? Neither husband or I are overly keen on lemon scent (crazy, I know) but I have plenty of jars (and dusty shelves) screaming out for your dusters.

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      Hi Adele you could use lavender – use lavender sprigs instead of lemon peel and lavender oil. Peppermint would be nice to if you just used the peppermint essential oil.

  3. Hi Wendyl, is it whole lemons or is it just the rind? I tried to make it a month or so ago with cut lemons and it ended up going moldy. Thanks, I love what you are doing! Thank you so much, it makes cleaning so much more enjoyable!!! 🙂

  4. Dear wendyl
    Used this recipe out of your book, but also found that the lemon skins went moldy. Now make it with out the lemon skins and leaves just as nice a smell, actually enjoy using it, although I am not a naturally adictive house cleaner.
    Cheers

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      HI Sally, That is puzzling. I’ve got a jar I made five years ago in the back of a cupboard and they are fine. Did you use the right amount of vinegar as this works as a preservative. Hope this helps.

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  5. I am a great fan of your products and am presently staying with friends in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA. These friends are wanting to live more simply so have shown them your site. They are amazed! I am going to make up your all purpose cleaner so they can make a start and see how easy it is to clean and have your house smell great.Keep up the great work Wendyl, the rest of the world needs to know this stuff.

  6. Hi, Wendyl ,
    I’ve been getting some ingredients to try your recipes, looking forward to actually using it.
    Now with the dusters, can I use these on wood furniture?

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