How to Dust

by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated November 23, 2020)

The majority of dust in a home is composed of human skin cells as well as pet dander. It is also made of dust mite excrement, fabric fibers, dirt, and other debris. It is no wonder, then, that it causes allergies to flare up. So how do you get the nasty stuff out of your life? What follow are some great ideas on how to keep dust at bay in your home.

First and foremost, always clean top to bottom. This way, all the dust you stir up at the top while you're cleaning will not matter so much because it will not fall on previously cleaned surfaces. Another tip is to get a mask to wear while you dust, especially if you have allergies. Your lungs will be much better off if they are not taking in the crud you will be removing from your home's surfaces.

If you are choosing to be cost-effective, it's prudent to use a wet cloth to dust rather than a dry one. It will keep the dust on the cloth rather than flipping it back into the air. I suggest using hot water and gloves, but cold water will do in this endeavor. Rinse the dusting cloth often so that you don't end up with a grungy cloth, making things dirtier and possibly scratching the surfaces of your furniture. To reduce the number of times you have to rinse, you can fold the dusting cloth over and use a new, cleaner area of it. Another option is wool, which is naturally full of static electricity and will attract dust.

Those of you who wish to use a more modern approach can use more high-tech developments, such as dryer sheets on statically charged television and computer screens. Feather dusters are often discouraged because they tend to only move dust around, but commercial ones may do the job just fine, as they are often made of chemically treated fabrics that draw in dust.

Most dusting is straightforward, but what do you do about the hard-to-reach areas, such as the back, sides, and bottom of the refrigerator? Well, in that case, simply find or make a long handle of some kind (you can use a hanger or just make do with a broom handle) and cover it in some old nylons. Use a rubber band to keep it on so it doesn't stick under the refrigerator and take advantage of the dust-attracting static within the hosiery while you clean underneath, around the sides, and around the back of the refrigerator.

Author Bio

Cassandra Merkling

MORE FROM CASSANDRA

Auto Detailing

The decision to detail your car is the right step on the path to either selling your car at a higher price or keeping ...

Discover More

Organizing Your Fridge

Fridges can get really scary if you don't stay on top of what's in there. Try to think about what you want to store and ...

Discover More

Managing Digital Photos

Digital photos are a great thing, but you have to be careful with them in some ways. Keep your photos organized and ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Simple Ways to Prevent Dust

Perhaps one of the single most annoying and repetitive cleaning chores around is dusting. While there really is no way to ...

Discover More

Common Dust Collectors

Dust is everywhere in our houses. Seeking it out and cleaning it up might seem like a challenging chore but having a ...

Discover More

Cleaning Dust

Do you suffer from allergies or respiratory problems? It can be especially important that you control the amount of dust ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 - 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.