Notes on a Feather Duster

Notes on a Feather Duster

Heather Blaha
May 24, 2007

How many of you use feather dusters? We didn't always, but now we see the benefits. Ours has an adjustable handle so we can get above doors, the spider webs in the corners, and the general high-up dustiness that makes us crazy.

We did a little search to learn the true benefits of using a feather duster (ostrich feathers), and this is what we found via the Clean Team:

What good is a feather duster? Does it really clean or just move the dust around?

According to national cleaning expert Jeff Campbell, grandma had it right. An ostrich-down feather duster knows how to tackle dust. It's those other dusters - lamb's wool, synthetic materials, tacky dyed-chicken feathers - that push the dust and flip it into the air. With the ostrich-down feather duster, the feathers attract dust, holding it until you shake it free to vacuum later.

Image via Ostriches Online (price: $16.85).

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