The New York Times on … Dusting

Last Wednesday, The New York Times published the article Speck by Speck, Dust Piles Up in which they helped spread the word that the amount of dust in the world is, in fact, growing. How that's possible, I'm still not completely sure, but they did cite two possibilities from the study: human land use and climate change. But what I thought Re-Nest readers would love to hear...

...is advice from The New York Times about dusting:

There may be no more primitive dusting tool than a damp cloth. You will not see it advertised on late-night TV. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work. “The reason that you use a wet cloth rather than a dry cloth,” Dr. Flagan said, “is the liquid introduces capillary forces.” The dust will bond to the wet surface, he said. “And then the particle doesn’t want to pull off.”

It's not like this is groundbreaking advice, unless you're new to cleaning, but what I love about the article: it denies the need for fancy dusting tools and cloths. Clean out your linen closet, locate those worn washcloths and towels and dust away, but only after you've added a little water.

Read the full article from The New York Times here.

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.