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The Best Way to Dust 6 Tricky Items

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Amy
05.07.15

Does it feel like the dust to creeps back into your house, like, an hour after you do a deep-clean? Well, that might happen because there’s a dust family hiding under your fridge like The Borrowers. They wait until you’re done cleaning and then they attack!

Tricky items to dust – like fridges, radiators and blinds – could be causing you a serious headache.

Here are some ways to dust those dust havens:

1. Under the Fridge

If your superman skills are on hiatus, let’s not try and move the fridge out from the wall today. Attach a sock to a yardstick using a rubber band and prepare to be amazed (or disgusted?) by all the dust under your fridge. Tip: This trick works for under dressers, too.

2. Fans

If you’ve tried to dust a fan with a duster, we’re sorry about the dust storm that attacked your eyeballs from above. That probably sucked. Next time, grab an old pillowcase and place it entirely over the fan blade. As you slide the pillowcase off, the dust will fall into the case and not into your eyes. Win! Pro Tip: Spray each fan blade with an all-purpose cleaner before putting the pillow case on. Then after you empty the dust, you can give the blades a quick wipe down.

3. Behind the Radiator

This one gets a little weird. Not only because it’s hard to reach, but it gets particularly gross back there because dust particles love warm spaces like this.

Wet a long, thin towel and thread it through the top and behind your radiator. Do a little dance and shake it back and forth and along the grid. Pull it out, clean if necessary, and then dip it behind the next section.

4. Chandelier

This always makes me nervous because a broken chandelier is a real good way to get yelled at (maybe by yourself, but still). To keep Mr. Chandy safe, we recommend using soft dusting gloves so you can use one hand to steady the chandelier and another to reach into the tiny crevices.

5. Between Blinds

Grab an old sock and turn it into your personal cleaning sock puppet. This’ll work as a great dust bunny, and he’s machine washable. Tip: This is a great way to put that orphaned sock to use!

6. Window Screens

If you can remove your screens from the window first, that’s best. Then, the vacuum cleaner is your new best friend. (Only use your vacuum cleaner if it has a soft brush attachment, Otherwise, you could risk damaging your screens.) Place the soft brush attachment on the vacuum’s hose and run it lightly against each screen. Don’t push too hard or you could tear the screen! Vacuum both sides of the screen until the dust and grime are gone.

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