How often do you move the washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove and dressers to clean under them? Okay, let’s go on to the next question since no one wants to answer that one! It’s true; most of us don’t get around to moving heavy appliances and furniture very often. Sure, we know it’s dirty under there but the hassle of trying to scoot those heavy appliances is too much effort for most of us. You know what works? Putting it out of your mind and pretending there’s no dirt hiding from you! Or, you could make a contraption that easily slides under those heavy objects and grabs all the dust and dirt.
You don’t have to be an expert at sewing to create a quick and handy yardstick cleaner. The unusual dust grabber is exactly what you need to keep those hidden areas clean without having to break your back. If you can sew a simple straight stitch you can make the unique duster in minutes! All you need is a yardstick and an old towel.
A terrycloth towel is perfect for making the duster. Don’t cut up a good beach towel; use one that already has a hole or is becoming threadbare. Although you can use an ordinary bath towel the duster won’t be quite as long as it will be if you use a beach towel. Cut from one end to the other to get a strip that’s the whole length of the towel. This piece should be cut to twice the width of the yardstick, plus an inch.
If the towel has a right and a wrong side fold it so that the right sides are together. After folding it the piece should be barely wider than the yardstick itself. Begin sewing across the bottom of the folded piece. Take a couple of stitches, back-tack, then begin sewing all the way across the bottom. When you come to the corner, turn, then sew up the side of the towel piece. Remove from under the presser foot and trim the threads.
Slide the towel piece onto a yardstick and you’re ready to clean! You can easily reach under things that sit close to the ground by simply sliding the covered yardstick under and around. When you pull the stick back out it will be covered in dust and debris. To wash it, just slide it off, then launder and place it back on the stick. You’ll never have to pretend there’s no dirt under your appliances again!