Let’s face it, dusting isn’t likely anyone’s favorite activity, but there are some great tricks that work a lot better than using a typical feather duster on the whole house. Check out these Reader’s Digest tips to more quickly and easily dust your home clean:
- Baby Wipes: after you’ve shaken out your laptop to get rid of any debris caught between the keys, use a baby wipe ot remove dirt, dried spills and gunk from the keys themselves. Just make sure you turn off the computer before you do this.
- Fabric Softener: repel dust with a mixture of 1 part fabric softener and 4 parts water. Put this solution in a squirt bottle and apply some to a clean cloth. Use this cloth to wipe glass tables, shower doors and other hard surfaces to repel dust. Finish by polishing surfaces with a dry cloth.
- Fabric Softener Sheets: use these to wipe down your electronics screens. They’ll remove dust from your TV and computer screens and prevent dust from resettling for a few days.
- Gloves: use fabric gloves to dust delicate things, like chandeliers, light fixtures and glass items. Just soak the gloves in a window cleaner, then slip them on and clean up.
- Paintbrushes: the soft bristles of paintbrushes are great for cleaning dust out of tiny cracks and crevices in knickknacks.
- Pantyhose: ball up a pair of old pantyhose and use a rubber band to attach it to a coat hanger or yardstick. Use this to grab dust bunnies from underneath and alongside your fridge.
- Old Socks: slip a socks over your hand and gently rub dust off from in between your blinds.
- Pillowcases: place an old pillowcase over ceiling fan blades, one at a time, to pull dust off the blades without scattering it all over the room and floor.