Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dusting Tips for Do-Little Dusting

Sometimes dusting just feels like a never-ending, ridiculous kind of chore. Why bother dusting at all? Since, isn't it just going to go and get dusty again anyway?

Well, if any of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, dusting is a necessity, since dust and the dust mites that feed on such dust can aggravate such health conditions considerably. It doesn't mean you have to go crazy, with white gloves in hand to check for perfect dustlessness on every surface...but, it does mean that dusting isn't about to go away. So, here are a few ways to make this task a little more palatable to the Happy Slob:

  1. Less clutter = less dusting. It just makes sense. If you have fewer knick knacks and clutter on tabletops, countertops, bookshelves and storage units then it'll be faster and easier to dust. If you're a confirmed packrat, set a goal to get rid of 5 cluttery things a day until clutter is under control. (And, don't add to the problem by replacing those 5 cluttery things with new bits of junk you found at the thrift shop!)
  2. Microfiber cloths make it easy - These amazing little creations make dusting a breeze. Invest in some decent ones that are meant to last, and you'll be using them for years without replacing. The Microfibre Cleaning Cloths really hold onto dust, instead of just spreading the dust around.
  3. Dust and De-Static - Really not sure if destatic is a word, but using a fabric softener sheet (even one that's already been used once in the dryer) is an easier way to dust and reduce static on surfaces like TVs and computer monitors. This is a perfect cleaning task for Junior Happy Slobs, so delegate this one.


Find more dusting to-do's and a lot more in Christina's book: "The Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning." Go on, check it know you want to. :)



Emily said...

I love the Swiffer Dusters! I also use microfiber cloths to dust and clean glass all at the same time! Thanks for the tips~

Dust said...

Thank you for the advice, I finally read something non standard, not the usual, dust harder or buy a new mat. I'll apply them and leave a reply.

EcoGirl said...

Even though i recently cleared out the clutter in my home, there is still so much dusting to do. I do make my own dusting spray with the following recipe

The first ingredient is water, of course. Get yourself a spray bottle and put 3 cups of water in there. Once the water is in your sprayer, you will be adding two additional items:

- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar

Add them to the spray bottle and shake the bottle up a little to make everything mix together. That’s it, that is all the wood polish you will ever need. Be sure to test the spray somewhere on the furniture just to make sure you have the mixture right and you will not damage the wood.

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Janitorial Supplies said...

Thanks for the tips! @Emily i love swiffers too! I wish they weren't so expensive..

Anonymous said...

Swiffer dusters are great, but expensive. Try a Walgreens brand, 1 box of 5 for 3.99. You can often find a 2 for 1 deal, 2 boxes ( 10 dusters!) for $3.99! That's the kind of shopping I like!