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14 Genius Dusting Hacks That Will Save You Time

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Save Time With These Clever Dusting Tips

Am I the only one who’s constantly wondering how to make dusting easier? 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.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to totally eliminate dust, but these tips will make dusting less of a pain. But I should warn you that we’ll be venturing beyond the bounds of normal dusting methods. Instead of feathers, we’ll be using innovative dusting tools like tongs, pillowcases, a slice of bread, and more!

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Have I piqued your interest yet? ;-) Then let’s get dusting, shall we? (Oh, and when you’re done dusting, be sure to check out these other home cleaning hacks that will save you time!)

14 Genius Dusting Hacks That Save Time And Effort

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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!

Related: 3 Smart Hacks For Swiffers That Will Save You Money

woman's hand using kitchen tongs and a yellow microfiber cloth to dust mini blinds

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!

Related: The Best Way To Clean All The Blinds In Your House

woman's hand using a coffee filter to dust a TV screen

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.

Related: 11 Unexpectedly Useful Things You Can Do With A Coffee Filter

Woman's hand using a lint roller to dust a fabric lamp shade

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!

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woman's hand using an artist's paint brush to dust a small yellow ceramic bird figure

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!

Stainless steel ceiling fan with a blue pillowcase over one blade

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 press 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!

Related: How To Clean Your Ceiling Fan In Seconds

broom being used to dust corner of ceiling

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!

woman's hand using bread to clean a painting

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.

Related: 7 Things You Can Do With A Slice Of Bread (Besides Make A Sandwich)

woman's hand using a ruler wrapped in a microfiber cloth to dust a vent grill

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.

woman's hand using a microfiber cloth to clean a lightbulb

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.)

woman's hand using a blue washcloth to polish leaf on a large houseplant

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.

Related: 17 Surprisingly Clever Uses For Mayonnaise

hand using canned compressed air to clean fan blades

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.

hand using a cotton swab to clean the keyboard of a laptop computer

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!

woman's hand using thermostat to turn fan on

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!

What’s the most difficult thing to dust in your home?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Love your use of compressed air. You can probably also use an empty deodorant/spray can – the air jet is
    not as powerful, but might still do the trick.

  • HI, jillee , your post is really amazing and you have shared such an awesome tips for cleaning big things to the dedicated objects too. the pillow tips, I like it. thanks a lot

  • I buy packages of facial cleansing cloths at the Dollar Store, meant for removing makeup. I use them to dust and then discard. Pre-folded and in a sealed container, cheap and they smell good. They have some alcohol in them and I can’t use them on my face but they do a terrific job as damp dust cloths, especially on knick knacks! For a dollar, it’s worth trying. Amzing how much they pick up.

    • I love this idea! Regarding the swifter, I use handi-wipes as dish cloths. When tbey become too stained, thin, etc. I use them on my swifter mop. Folded in half they fit tightly on the mop head. I have lots of tile floor so once a section of cloth gets dirty I simply refold to a clean ‘half’ and continue. Once done, wash and reuse.

  • I wish I could use your method of dusting slat blinds (venetian). I live in the damp North West and dust sticks and needs to be washed off. My method is a bucket of water and a rag that I wash each individual blind off with. Ughh

    • Try closing the blinds and wiping the surfaces that way. Cuts down on time greatly! Another option is to take the blinds down and wash them in the bath tub. This works really great too!

    • I put blinds into the bathtub in hot water and leave them until the water starts to cool then use a new toilet brush to scrub them. Do it at least twice a year.

  • Hi Jillee, I love your cleaning hacks and use many of your methods. One thing I haven’t seen discussed is how to clean antique glass or ceramic items which have been collecting dust and grease for several years. My mother has had an antique soup tureen, pretty teapots and other lovely items on top of the kitchen cabinets nearly twenty years. She is blind now and doesn’t see how dirty they are. Dad recently passed away and my sister is taking care of her. I want to help by cleaning these special items without the fear of damaging the handpainted art or etching from using white vinegar. I am afraid the grandchildren will put them in the dishwasher. Do you have any experience at cleaning dust and grease coated antique dishware? I would appreciate any advice you can give me. I have photos. They’re not pretty in the current state. Thanks! Kathy

  • I need to dust a wooden CD cabinet that is exactly like a roll-top desk, only more narrow. I was going to try the ruler trick or use a Swiffer Duster. I’ve read about using used softener sheets, but they seem too scratchy. I’m open to suggestions. Thanks :)

  • If your fan is beyond gross from being in storage, etc, it is very easy to unscrew front and back to get to the blades and you can swish the front and back in a bathtub of sudsy water. When dry, put it back together.

    • If your chandelier is crystal, mix 1 part water to 1 part rubbing alcohol in a plastic bowl that is deep enough for dipping each part that hangs down. Cover table or floor with towel layers in case of drips. Raise bow up under each crystal and enjoy the shine! I got this tip in Germany when I purchased my lead-crystal Chandelier years ago.

    • Endust is great! It doesn’t contain oil, so if you use it, it doesn’t attract dust. I lightly spray a feather duster with it and it works better than a Swiffer. I also use it on the paintbrush to clean knickknacks. I use a smaller brush to clean the bobbin area of my sewing machine.

  • I wouldn’t use mayo to dust with, even in small amounts. The ingredients are meant to be put in the fridge after opening, could attract insects or rodents, are vegetable oil based, and ultimately “solidify”, drawing more dust & dander particulates.
    If you still want a shiny surface use a very small amount of mineral oil on one small cloth, buff with a clean, dry soft cloth. No hardening, no attraction of any vermin or pets. A plus is when the item gets dusty, you can simply put in the sink or shower, spay off, let drip dry. That way inbetween dustings, it really does take lesss time, the majority of the work is done by hot water, and air. You can use a cleaner in a spray bottle but it will remove the mineral oil and need to be reapplied.
    Mineral oil is clear, inexpensive, a better lubricant and cleaner/polisher. It also doesn’t gum up or harden. A bottle lasts forever.

  • I too use the vacuum with the brush attachment first then where needed I dust/clean more with our holy socks. I put my hand inside the sock and use it until it’s completely dirty then I throw it away. No dust or oil in my washer!

  • I vacuum a lot of dust away with the upholstery brush on the end of my hose. I do baseboards, windowsills, flat surfaces, ceiling corners, lampshades, etc. Then, I do the floors. Good wood furniture then gets the cloth treatment but this is fast because it is one tool!

  • Great tips…but I put most through the test. They did not actually save me time dusting! I still prefer using the Swiffer type duster with the extender handle. I have 2 I use, one dry dusting like the tv’s. The other , I spritz with a little lemon vinegar and water solution for general dusting. Keyboards and such , I use a Lysol wipe for those things.

  • My favorite tool to use are an old paint brush. It work especially well when washing windows and getting into the side side corners of the casing where all the grime and dirt seems to accumulate

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