Does anyone else have an irrational aversion to dusting? It’s not the hardest or most time-consuming chore, but I usually tend to put it off for longer than I should. But not anymore, thanks to the amazing tips I’ll be sharing with you today! I have 14 totally brilliant dusting hacks that are sure to save you plenty of time during your next dusting session. But I should warn you that we’ll be venturing beyond the bounds of normal dusting methods. Instead of feather dusters, we’ll be using innovative dusting tools like tongs, pillowcases, a slice of bread, and more!
Have I piqued your interest yet? ;-) Oh, and when you’re done dusting check these other home cleaning hacks will save you time. But for now, let’s get dusting!
14 Genius Dusting Hacks
1. Use Fuzzy Socks To Sweep
The Swiffer Sweeper makes it easy to sweep up everyday dust and dirt, but the sweeper pad refills are expensive! But you don’t actually need them, because a fuzzy sock works just as well! Just pull the sock over the base of your sweeper, and sweep away. When you’re done, just toss it in with the rest of your laundry to clean it. Easy!
2. Use Tongs To Dust Blinds
Dusting each slat of your window blinds by hand takes forever! You can make the process much quicker by using a pair of tongs from your kitchen. Wrap a clean microfiber cloth around the edges of your tongs, and secure them using rubber bands. Then use your dusting tongs to dust your blinds twice as fast!
3. Dust Screens With Coffee Filters
Surprisingly enough, a coffee filter is perfect for dusting your TV, laptop, and tablet screens. Coffee filters are soft enough that they won’t cause scratches, and they’re great at grabbing onto dirt and dust.
4. Lint Roller Your Lamp Shades
Dusting your lampshades can be tricky, because traditional dusters struggle on fabric surfaces. Grab your lint roller instead, and your lampshades will be dirt- and dust-free in no time!
5. Use A Paint Brush For Small Spaces
Traditional dusters aren’t great at getting dust out of smaller nooks and crannies. Use a paint brush or sponge brush to get into those tight spaces!
6. Dust Ceiling Fans With Pillowcases
Have you checked out the tops of your ceiling fans lately? Dust accumulates like crazy up there, but how do you get the dust off without sending it flying? The secret is to use a pillowcase! Slide the pillowcase over each fan blade one at a time. Then just pressing the pillowcase against the top and bottom of each blade and slide it towards you. All the dust will stay trapped in the pillowcase, and when you’re done, you can just toss it in the washer. Brilliant!
7. Dust Corners With A Broom
Clean up those cobweb-covered corners of your ceilings and walls with a broom. It makes it easier to get into those hard-to-reach areas, and the broom bristles will grab onto any dust, dirt, or cobwebs!
8. Use Bread To Dust Paintings
It may sound strange, but a piece of bread can help you gently dust sensitive surfaces, such as paintings and photographs. The bread will pick up dust without leaving behind residues or scratching the surface.
9. Dust In Tight Spaces With A Ruler
Wrap a clean microfiber cloth around a ruler to help you dust beneath your appliances, in and around your grates, and other tight spaces.
10. Dust Lightbulbs With Alcohol
When lightbulbs get dusty, they don’t give off as much light as they should. Get rid of even the most stubborn layers of dust by cleaning them off with a cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol! (Make sure your lightbulbs are turned off and cool to the touch before cleaning.)
11. Shine Up Faux Plants With Mayo
If your faux plants have lost their luster, give them a shine with the help of mayo! (Yes, that mayo.) Put a small amount onto a soft cloth and wipe down the leaves of your faux plant to remove dust and leave your plant looking revitalized.
12. Dust Fans With Compressed Air
Over time, dust can collect on the blades of your smaller fans. The quickest way I’ve found to get rid of the dust is by using a can of compressed air, like the kind you can find at office supply stores. Just blow the dust out, then use a regular duster or vacuum to clean it up.
13. Use Rubbing Alcohol To Dust Electronics
Electronics tend to show even the smallest amounts of dust, so I like to dust them often. I use a soft cloth or cotton swab and a small amount of rubbing alcohol, which leaves my devices clean, shiny, and dust-free!
14. Get The Fan Going Before Dusting
The unfortunate thing about dusting is that it often kicks dust up into the air while you’re cleaning. So before you start dusting, turn on your HVAC system’s fan on. Then as you dust, any dust that gets airborne will travel towards the air intake and through your filter, where it will get trapped. So smart!