Arrrrggghhh!!! There’s dust on the new clothing you purchased and you need to remove it but you don’t want to take off the tag and throw it in the washing machine, so here’s a few of your options:
There’s a several different kinds of dust:
And each type of dust is a different from the next, for example, large pieces of dust from freshly cut wood is different than micro-fine dust from the air. However the methods to remove are relatively the same. Let’s start with the easiest:
SHAKE THE UTTER HELL OUT OF IT
Bring it outside and flap it, wave it, shake it, beat it like a rug. If the dust is particles sitting on top of the fabric, chances are that you can get most, or all, off this way.
It never hurts to keep a small handheld vacuum, like a DustBuster. These things are dirt cheap these days (remember back when they were a luxury item?!) Now you can get a really good quality one for under $30 with free shipping on Amazon.
GIVE IT THE OL’ TAPEY-HAND METHOD
Take some wide tape (painters, masking, etc) and wrap it around your hand with the sticky side facing outwards… basically you’re turning your fist into a lint roller…. But if you’re all fancy-fancy you probably own a lint roller and that will do the same job
EMERGENCY TAPEY-HAND WITHOUT TAPE
“Life Hack” people absolutely insist a dryer sheet works almost as good as tape if you happen to not have tape. I can’t vouch for this because I always have tape.
BLOW IT OUT
There’s many ways you can do this:
Compressed Air (like what you use to clean a pc keyboard). In reality, you should be keeping a couple of these around for tasks like this. You can buy it for as low as $3.95 for a whole bottle.
Hell, any compressor will work. You got a compressor sitting in your garage? Does your spouse have more tools than Bob Villa? If so, ask them if they have anything that blows air.
Yes, we previous said hand vac, but if you’re on the “last resort” stage, bust out the full size with the attachment BUT make sure you take a Clorox Wipe and clean the neck out of the nozzle before touching it to the clothing. (WIPE MUST BE CLOROX BRAND!!!!! Other brands leave soap residue and some even contain DYE!!!)
WASH IT BY HAND
Just dip the dirty part into a bowl of CLEAN, fresh, sparkling water and hand-massage it.
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