Spiders have never scared me, but they sure scare my children! Keeping the spider webs under control not only keeps the house looking cleaner, but it also puts my kids more at ease. I know some people use special tools for getting rid of spider webs, but I like to use a little trick that my mom taught me. All you need is a broom and a pillowcase! No spending money for extra tools—yay! Flannel or cotton pillowcases will work best, but you know how grippy spider webs are; any old pillowcase will do.

Spider removal is a cinch with these simple steps:

1. Hold on to the broom in the middle of the stick so the bottom of the broom is up about as high as your hips and the bristles are away from your body at about arm’s length. (This will keep all that sweeping residual at a distance.)

2. Cover the broom bristles with the pillowcase. (It’s easy to do without touching the dirty part of the broom since the broom is not as wide as the pillowcase.)

3. Grab on to the broomstick (over the pillowcase near the ends) with one hand and use the other hand to twirl the end of the broom around until the case is tight. You can hold on to the case near the bottom to keep it together while you work. Or if you have to reach higher places and need to hold on from the very end of the broom stick, just take a piece of twine or ribbon (or even a long twist tie) and secure the twisted part at the bottom.

4. Now you’re ready to go on the hunt for those spider webs! The pillowcase will attract the spider webs on contact as you gently sway the broom in the high corners and ceilings. And being that webs are so sticky, they’ll stay on the pillowcase without any falling down onto your head—a very nice benefit!

5. After you’ve removed all the webs you can possibly find that day, you’re ready to wash the pillowcase. Just take the broom into the laundry room (loosen the twine if you have that tied), and pull the open end of the pillowcase over the close-ended top (turn inside out) so you don’t have to touch the webs. Wash and you’re done!

 

This is a guest post by Renee from Scotts Valley, CA.

 

One Brilliant Way to Get Rid of Spider Webs