How to Dust Your Home

Three kinds of dusters for the home

Three kinds of dusters for the home


Have you ever walked into a home that has been left empty for a long time? Empty for a few months or even a year? What's there when you go back? Dust. And lots of it.

Even if you do nothing in a room the dust wil come. It will find you! It will seek you out to destroy what was a lovely looking room.

Unless you get it first.

Dusting is one of those necessary things that you loathe to do. At least I do.  It seems mindless and like it takes up a lot of time to do nothing. But every time I take the time to do it the room looks sooooo much better. Just by simply dusting the room.

So let’s learn the Basics of Dusting

Where should you dust in earch room? Anything that is out and exposed in the room needs to be dusted. This goes for lights to curtain rods, window sills,  lamps and lampshades, table and dresser tops, behind furniture, baseboards, and everything in between. The rooms used most often should be dusted more often. Even the bathroom needs a good dusting. Places such as the tops of door frames, door hinges, and even lightbulbs collect dust too put them on the list.

How often should you dust? Unless you or a household member is very allergy prone weekly dusting should suffice. Flat surfaces collect dust more often than vertical surfaces so they will need attention more often. Those odd places I mentioned before (base boards, lightbulbs)? You can probably dust less often such as monthly.

What should you dust with? Well it depends on what you are dusting. I have several tools I use in a room for dusting.

When I first start dusting in a room I use a tool similar to this (Amazon link)(my pole isn't extending …yet). It works great for getting up high on ceilings, light fixtures, fans, and above door jams. I also use it down low for quick dusting of the baseboards. A vaulted ceiling must.

A treated dust cloth or microfiber cloth are also good as these will trap dust and are reusable. A feather duster is nice but if you buy the cheap kind they lose feathers and can scratch things. A lambswool duster is a better option and be sure to wash it to remove the dust it traps. And use your vacuum to dust. Especially high places you have a hard time reaching and along baseboards.

Other: Other odd items that need regular dusting are your mini blinds, plants (yes they can get quite dusty. Give them a shower in your bathroom), the tops of light and outlet switch plates, baseboards, lightbulbs, books.

Some things are easier to dust with air. Instead of buying canned air which runs out of air quickly I invested in this electric duster.

Homemaking Organized Tips: Make an appointment in your calendar to dust your home and you won’t forget it! Make a special little kit with only dusting items in it and grab that each week as you dust. Be sure and dust only cool lightbulbs. Get the kids involved!



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