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How To: Dust

Dusting: a simple, crucial, and often overlooked task of housekeeping. No pointing fingers here, but you may have noticed that letting dust accumulate amounts to a heavy-duty grime job that's not good for your house or your immune system. What you might not know is that new houses are more likely to acquire dust quickly because they don't have the air circulation that older, draftier homes do. To learn a few tips I've picked up from Real Simple on the best way to dust,


  • Ditch the feather duster, and update your cleaning supply with microfiber cloths and a good vacuum with a brush attachment. Microfiber cloths will eliminate most dust and dirt, and the vacuum can pick up the rest from just about any surface.
  • Dust from high to low. If you've brushed any dust from your high shelves, you can still vanquish it when you hit the floors.
  • Dust before you disinfect, so you're not just pushing particles around with a mop or sponge later on.
  • Dust surfaces at eye level regularly with a dry microfiber cloth— at least once a week.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner brush attachment to dust upholstery or textured wood furniture.

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tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
Swiffer dusters work great!
ahappierdiane ahappierdiane 8 years
Katie_c I agree!! And swiffer dusters are the best cleaning invention ever!!!! Go ver your tv and table tops and everything with them. Dusting is my favorite chore!! haha
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
tell me about it... our new house has so much dust- and this is before i knew better and ordered black dining room/living room tables that show EVERYTHING :(
katie_c katie_c 8 years
call me crazy but i find dusting extremely satisfying--great way to decompress.
emalove emalove 8 years
I have to dust very often, as I have terrible allergies. It's something I have to stay on top of. I also have two cats and their fur gets on everything!
JovianSkies JovianSkies 8 years
We have kitties in my house, so dusting has become a weekly chore. Using allergen-reducing dusting spray is the BEST!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
We use Merry Maids, but years ago when I dusted, this is how I did it. It's just common sense. My cat has allergies so dust is a big no-no.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I just dusted the other day and man, it was a job! I always dust the ceiling fans regularly but conveniently forget about everything else till I just can't stand it!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I always dust everything once a week...with a kitty and my allergies I need to! I can't stand dust! Yuck!
Julienne Julienne 8 years
I can recommend stockings!
iamvictorious iamvictorious 8 years
Indeed it is one thing I rarely do.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good tips. I just picked up a micro fiber dust rag 2 weeks ago. :)
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