Feather dusters may look cool, but they’re not very good at their job. Those fluffy feathers mostly just spread dust particles around instead of actually removing them. There are better ways to clean!
Here are the best tools for five dust-prone parts of your home:
Close your blinds and then wipe them with a dryer sheet! It’s best to start at the top and clean each slat individually, moving from left to right. Bonus: The dryer sheet will stop static, preventing dust from accumulating on the blinds in the future.
Light fixtures and ceiling fans are a pain in the you-know-what to clean. Since they’re difficult to reach, they wind up collecting dust like Michael Phelps collects gold medals. To remove that dust, reach for baby wipes! Look for baby wipes that are labeled “all natural” and test them on a small, inconspicuous area before going at an entire surface. The baby wipes will clear away grease and grime along with the dust.
Dust can damage electronics because it stops essential components (like fans that prevent overheating) from working properly. To keep your smartphones, computers and TVs dust-free, purchase a can of compressed air to get in between the cracks. Tip: If you just want to wipe down a screen, avoid paper towels, which can leave scratches. Instead, use a microfiber cloth!
If you have a couple of shelves in the house packed full of picture frames, souvenirs and other keepsakes, it can be seriously time consuming to take each individual item off the shelf. Instead, dust around them with a microfiber cloth. Once your shelves are clean, grab a few paintbrushes! Leave your valuables where they are and clean those nooks and crannies with the precision of a paintbrush! The smaller the brush, the more detailed you can be when cleaning your knickknacks.
Clean cobwebs from ceiling corners by attaching an old sock to a yardstick or broom handle with a rubber band. This method works great for cleaning underneath your refrigerator and kitchen stove, too!