How To: Dust Small & Hard To Reach Places

How To: Dust Small & Hard To Reach Places

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 8, 2009

Dust and dirt is a never ending problem and if we were going to make a comic book with household villains, dust (along with static) would be right there leading the pack (or would it be posse?). When it comes to cleaning sensitive electronics, toys or things on display, liquid cleaning solutions aren't always the best idea and a regular vacuum or duster won't always do the trick. Hear how to keep small and hard to reach places dust free, after the jump!

In our own home, we have a great deal of dusting to do. There's toys to take care of, vintage camera collections, books, electronics, wires, cables and more. Although a simple microfiber cloth will get a great deal of the dust for us, there's just some places where suction is required as opposed to wiping with a cloth.

It's a simple trick that you've probably heard before and disregarded, but it works so very well! All that's required in addition to your regular household vacuum is pantyhose. It can be old or discarded if you have it laying around, but it's not that huge of out of pocket expense to pick up a new pair for a buck or two at your favorite local retailer.

Once removed from the packaging, cut off the foot 4-5" down back from the toe (like a sock). Slide it down over the nozzle of the extender attachment on your regular household vacuum and secure it with a rubber band, making sure the panty hose is taught over the opening. You are now set to do battle with areas filled with small pieces and cords.

With your new catch all in place, it keeps the suction going, but creates kind of a "quick release" for things that might usually be sucked up during your normal vacuuming process. We're notorious for catching cables and cords when we vacuum normally, but now there's no worry of unplugging or straining them.

Make sure to check for a build up of animal hair, since it won't be able to be sucked up, it is easily pulled off and tossed in the trash. It's perfect for dusting displays with small parts and pieces or toys with little nooks and creases. When finished rinse your piece of panty hose in the sink and hang (or lay on a towel) to dry. You can use it time and time again!

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