If the Oxford Dictionary definition of dust (a dry powder made up of "tiny particles of earth or waste matter") isn't enough to make you toss aside all disdain for your dust rag, maybe a few helpful tips for the best ways to get rid of the buildup will help push you in the right direction.
The dust in most households is composed mainly of dirt, animal dander, insect waste and sand, plus a few human skills cells to finish it off. If you're itching to give that dust a not-so-fond farewell, keep these tips in mind.
Dust your blinds in a pinch
Does seeing dust gather up on your blinds bother you? Have you tried using tissue paper just to make the problem worse? Luckily, we've found a solution that will remove those dust particles quickly and easily. Be sure to grab a pair of tongs from the kitchen. Secure a microfiber cloth to the ends with rubber bands, and ta-da!
Change air filters
Air filters are easily forgotten about, but you should regularly change your air filters every 3-6 months depending on use. Not only will it help reduce the dust build up in your home, it will also extend the life of your air conditioning unit, saving you money as well.
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Use multiple doormats
Prevent dust and dirt from even entering the house with both an outdoor mat and an interior one. Regularly clean and hose down the exterior mat. If you want to take this practice to the next level, adopt a "no shoes inside" policy. You'll be amazed at how clean your home (and your socks) will be.
Dust on your own schedule
If family members suffer from allergies, you might need to dust more often. Because of our work schedules and busy daily lives, sometimes we forget to dust altogether. One helpful idea is to have a dusting schedule.
Stock up on microfiber cloths
Because microfiber cloths are electrostatically charged, they absorb dust like nothing, leaving streak-free, dust-free surfaces. Microfiber cloths will easily save you time and speed up cleaning.
Brush your pets
Healthy pet hygiene is not only good for your pet but also for the cleanliness of your home. Brushing pets will help reduce the amount of shedding. Remember to also regularly bathe your pet.
Use fabric softener on your TV
Not sure how to get rid of dust from higher-end electronics like your TV? Whip out some fabric softener!
Put on a slipcover
A slipcover over furniture is a great solution for the lazy person. You no longer will need to worry about vacuuming the sofa. Plus, a slipcover will act as a furniture protector against accidental spills.
Filter it out
That fan setting on your air conditioner has a purpose! Before you start dusting, switch your air conditioner fan to "on." The fan helps pull dust particles from the air into the air filter.
Give your air vents a thorough buff
Seeing dust trapped inside those hard-to-clean vents is the worst. Luckily, there's a way to easily clean them. Get the full tutorial here.
Dust off lightbulbs
Lightbulbs are not immune to gathering dust. Make sure to turn off any lights before trying the method below using alcohol and a microfiber cloth. It's best to do this while the lightbulb isn't still hot. Get the full tutorial here.
Prevent dust spatter
If you feel like you need to wear a mask every time you tackle the dust bunnies, dip your dust rag (or mop) in a mixture of 2 cups water and 1/4 cup lemon oil. Allow the rag to dry completely before using.
Dust off artwork and paintings
Worried about ruining your artwork? Snag a piece of soft white bread and use it to gently remove dust from a painting. Then use a soft paintbrush to remove the breadcrumbs.
Remove dust from indoor plants
Your beautiful greenery shouldn't be buried under a layer of dust. Use the softest toothbrush you can find with a little water to gently remove the dust from the leaves of your indoor plants.
Clean your lampshades
Lampshades might seem impossible to dust, but the solution is easier than you think! All you need is a lint roller. Apply the lint roller to the shade, and watch the dust just disappear.