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Best Buy Hand Duster
Lorn Manthey, Northfield, Minn.: ďIíve tried a lot of different sprays, cloths, and fabrics to clean dust from our combine and tractor cab windows over the years, most with limited success. Some left a film that seemed to attract more dust while others left streaks and smears that were always a nuisance to see through. Now, my go-to solution is a product introduced in 1989, The Original California Car Duster (www.calcarduster.com; ph 800-282-8828).
ďThe Duster has a 12-in. long handle and an oval-shaped head that holds hundreds of cotton fabric strands 2 1/2 in. long. They collect window dust during harvest from dusty roads or wind-blown fields. My dad saw this Ďmiracleí product advertised on late-night TV more than 25 years ago and bought one for my mother because she was always complaining about the dust on the dash of his pickup.
ďHe paid $12.99 plus S&H, gave it to my mother for Christmas that year, and she never complained about dust in his pickup again. She even had him buy another one for her car because she thought his Duster was too dirty. Ironically, thatís one of the secrets to the Dusterís success. The more itís used, the better it cleans. I have the one my mother used on her car; itís more than 20 years old and still does a great job. The wood handle, fabric strands, and mop head are all still intact.
ďThe Duster works because its cotton strands are infused with a special type of wax. The Duster actually collects dust rather than just moving it around, leaving a clear, clean window or dash. To clean the Duster, I knock the head against a hard surface and most of the dust in it flies out. Iíve also blown it clean with compressed air. The dust that remains is absorbed into the waxy fabric and collects more dust when I use the Duster again.
ďLike many products today, the Original Duster has knockoffs, and from what Iíve read, they donít work as well because they donít use the same type of fabric or infused wax. The manufacturer says not to use the Duster on a wet surface and donít wash it if you think itís too dirty. If it does get wet, let it dry naturally. Always store it in the durable pouch that it came in with the product name on the outside along with the words ĎAs Seen On TV.í You canít go wrong.Ē

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