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Dusting is my least favorite chore, so anything that makes it easier is a win in my book! I think it’s because it’s such a tedious, time-consuming job, and it’s boring to wipe every knick-knack and surface in my home. Can you relate?
That’s why I’m so excited to share these Easy, Eco-Friendly Dusting Hacks with you. If you dislike dusting as much as I do, you need to give these cleaning tips a try. They’ll have you done with chores and on to something fun in no time!
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Easy Ways to Dust Your Home in No Time
1. REMOVE HEAVY DUST + PET HAIR WITH A SWIFFER FIRST.
Heavy dust and hair can be difficult to clean with a dry or damp cloth alone. Run a Swiffer duster over the surface first to remove most of the dust and debris, then follow up with a damp microfiber cloth to thoroughly clean the surface and repel dust longer.
PRO TIP: Fluff up and separate the fibers on your Swiffer duster to trap even more dust and allergens!
2. DUST LIGHTBULBS WITH A DAMP CLOTH.
Soak a microfiber cloth with hot water, then ring the cloth well until just dampened. Use the damp cloth to wipe away dust and grime from lightbulbs to help them shine brighter.
This trick may help you save money, since you won’t need to use as many lightbulbs to light up your room!
3. SPRAY COMPRESSED AIR INTO A DUSTY EXHAUST FAN.
Clean your bathroom exhaust fan in seconds by spraying dust away with a compressed air duster.
4. USE AN OLD T-SHIRT TO GENTLY DUST INDOOR PLANTS.
Lightly dampen an old t-shirt, and use it to gently wipe away dust from delicate indoor plants. For tough spots, scrub carefully with an old toothbrush. This method works great for fake plants, too!
5. CONDITION PLANT LEAVES WITH OLIVE OIL.
Wipe a thick layer of olive oil on indoor plants to condition and protect their leaves.
6. REMOVE DUST FROM CEILING FANS WITH A PILLOWCASE.
Use an old pillowcase to remove dust from ceiling fans without the mess! Simply wrap the pillowcase around each blade. The dust will collect inside the pillowcase instead of falling to the floor!
When you’re done, take the pillowcase outside, turn it inside out, and shake vigorously to remove the dust, then launder the pillowcase as usual.
7. WIPE BASEBOARDS WITH A DAMPENED MICROFIBER CLOTH.
Don’t forget the baseboards – out of sight, out of mind, right? Baseboards are one of the most overlooked sites in your home, and your guests probably notice, too.
Luckily, it’s super easy to remove stuck-on dust and dirt from baseboards. Just dampen a microfiber cloth, and use it to wipe baseboards clean. If they’re really dirty, spray them first with a natural all purpose spray cleaner, then wipe clean.
8. TURN ON YOUR AIR CONDITIONER’S FAN BEFORE DUSTING AND VACUUMING.
Dusting and vacuuming can send dust particles up into the air. Turn on your HVAC’s fan before and during dusting and vacuuming, so the dust particles will be pulled into your home’s air filter.
You can also do this with a box fan. Set up a box fan in an open window with the front facing outside to pull airborne particles out of the house.
9. REMOVE DUST + HAIR FROM LAMPSHADES WITH A LINT ROLLER.
Use a lint roller to dust lampshades and other fabrics like upholstery and accent pillows.
10. USE YOUR VACUUM’S CREVICE TOOL.
Suck up dust, dirt, and debris from small areas like window cracks, baseboards, and other surfaces with your vacuum’s crevice tool.
11. MAKE MIRRORS + GLASS STREAK-FREE WITH NEWSPAPER.
Newspapers are perfect for washing windows and mirrors, since the lint-free paper naturally prevents streaks.
Spray the window with a windows spray cleaner or a 50:50 mixture of white vinegar and water, then quickly wipe clean with a sheet of newspaper in a horizontal motion across the glass.
12. DUST BLINDS WITH TONGS + A MICROFIBER CLOTH.
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13. CLEAN CRACKS + CREVICES WITH A FOAM BRUSH.
Use a lightly dampened painting sponge to reach into tiny places around your home. Wrap a microfiber cloth around a flat head screwdriver, and use it for really tiny cracks. Paint and makeup brushes, cotton swabs, and old toothbrushes can also be used for this purpose.
14. USE FUZZY SOCKS TO SWEEP FLOORS.
Disposable Swiffer Sweeper cloths get expensive and are bad for the environment, since you have to use a new one every time you clean. For a frugal, eco-friendly way to clean your floor, repurpose old, fuzzy socks as reusable Swiffer cloths.
Simply slip the sock over the sweeper head, and use as you normally would, then toss the sock in the washer to use the next time you clean. This method can be used for wet or dry cleaning.
15. ATTACH A MICROFIBER CLOTH TO YOUR BROOM.
Clean hard-to-reach places like ceilings and tall shelves with a microfiber cloth wrapped around the end of a broom. This can also be used like a Swiffer to clean floors. When you’re done cleaning, just toss the cloth in the washer for easy cleanup!
16. DUST SCREENS WITH COFFEE FILTERS.
Coffee filters are the perfect tool for cleaning dust from your TV, computer, smartphone, and other electronic screens because they remove dust without scratching. Use them dry or with a little natural all purpose cleaner sprayed on the filter before wiping.
17. DUST DELICATE SURFACES WITH SLICED BREAD.
Use a slice of white bread to dust paintings and pictures to clean uneven surfaces without harming delicate items. Just press the bread onto the surface to gather dust from uneven areas.
18. REPURPOSE AN OLD SOCK TO DUST BLINDS.
Don’t throw away those old socks! Find a new use of them instead. Socks make wonderful DIY dusting mitts. Simply put one on your hand, dampen with water or a natural all purpose cleaner to clean blinds and other surfaces in your home with ease!
19. USE A RULER FOR TIGHT SPACES.
Wrap a microfiber cloth around a ruler, and secure it with a rubber band. Use it to clean under the fridge, in heating grates, and other fight spaces.
20. CLEAN FANS WITH COMPRESSED AIR.
Spray fans with a compressed air duster to remove dust and pet hair without taking apart your fan, which can be a huge hassle.
If your fan is really dirty, you may have to take it apart. In that case, remove the fan cover by loosening the screws that hold it together. Soak non-electrical components in the bathtub where you’ll have enough room to completely submerse the fan covers.
Use a bottle brush to scrub clean, rinse well, then air dry completely before reassembling. Wipe the rest of the fan with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth to clean without damaging the electrical components.
21. MAKE YOUR OWN REUSABLE SWIFFER CLOTHS.
Save loads of money by making reusable Swiffer sweeper cloths out of cotton flannel cloth. A box of 52 Swiffer cloths costs about $12 vs. buying one yard of flannel to make 16 cloths that will last a long time.
You can buy flannel fabric at your local fabric store. Alternatively, you could get these flannel dusting cloths and cut them down to size.
22. CLEAN + DISINFECT COMPUTER KEYBOARDS WITH ECLOTHS.
E-cloth microfiber cloths clean and disinfect with just water! Use a lightly dampened microfiber cloth to clean dust, dirt, and residue from your keyboard and other electronics, then follow up with a polishing cloth to remove streaks and moisture. This is how I clean my electronics, and this method has worked really well for me.
23. MAKE DIY REUSABLE DUSTING CLOTHS.
If you prefer to dust with pre-moistened cleaning cloths, make your own eco-friendly version with fabric cloths you can wash and reuse again and again!
These All Natural Dusting Hacks will help you clean dust, debris, and pet hair from your home in no time!
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