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How to Sanitize a Feather

Feathers are beautiful and natural and can be used for crafts, costumes or as decorations around the house. Picking one up in the park and using it can be dangerous, though, as it may be unclean or even diseased. Sanitize a feather you find before using it for anything.

Feathers can be used for different crafts and projects.

Things You Will Need

  • Gallon-size plastic zip-top bags
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Powdered Borax
  • Soft brush

Feathers are beautiful and natural and can be used for crafts, costumes or as decorations around the house.  Picking one up in the park and using it can be dangerous, though, as it may be unclean or even diseased. Sanitize a feather you find before using it for anything.  You can dry clean feathers with a few simple materials.

  1. Fill the plastic bag with 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal and 3 tbsp. Borax. Borax is a natural substance sold in powder form as a multipurpose cleaning agent. It can be found at almost any store that sells cleaning supplies.
  2. Place the feather in the bag. If you have more than one feather to clean, place them all in the bag at the same time. Zip the bag closed and make sure it is completely sealed.
  3. Shake the bag for about 5 minutes. Do not shake it extremely vigorously, or you may damage the fragile feather. The contents clean the feather and remove any dirt or anything that may stick to it. The borax sanitizes the feather and makes it safe to handle and use in crafts, art projects or as a decoration.
  4. Remove the feather from the bag and shake off any excess powder.
  5. Use a soft brush to smooth out the feather and return it to its original form. Lay the feather on your hand and brush along with the natural grain of the feather. Do not use a hard brush or you may ruin the feather and make it unusable.
  6. Tip

    Protect your hands with rubber gloves and use antibacterial soap to wash them after you handle the feather. Check your feather periodically to see if it needs to be cleaned again.

Things You Will Need

  • Gallon-size plastic zip-top bags
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Powdered Borax
  • Soft brush

Tips

  • Protect your hands with rubber gloves and use antibacterial soap to wash them after you handle the feather.
  • Check your feather periodically to see if it needs to be cleaned again.

About the Author

Isabell Hue is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. She is also a freelance writer. She is published on various websites, specializing in informative skincare articles, and is the Reno-area health expert for yet another prominent online publication.

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