5 Steps to Less Dusting

5 Steps to Less Dusting

Regina Yunghans
May 14, 2010

Dusting is one of those cleaning tasks that seems to be on the most vicious of cycles. It can feel like you finish a thorough dusting of your home only to turn around and start again. Here are four ways to keep dust at bay longer:

  • Wean yourself from the furniture polish. It builds up oils that attract and cling to dust.
  • Use a vinegar/water solution to remove old, unwanted oil buildup (don't do this often or the acidic vinegar will dry out wood furniture). Then use a dryer sheet or a diluted mixture of fabric softener and water for static resistance that won't attract dust.
  • Stop dust at the source. If you have forced air cooling/heat, keep the registers clean. And keep up on the annual maintenance of the central furnace or air conditioning unit - if these are dirty they will simply distribute dust throughout your house when they're running.
  • Use a HEPA filter vacuum with attachments for rugs, hardwood floors, drapery, and upholstery. This will eliminate fine particles that you might otherwise miss with sweeping/mopping/beating. Without those particles around, they can't stray onto other surfaces of the home.
  • Use a humidifier. This reduces dry skin, which produces the majority of the dust in the home.

Image: Allison Vallant / The Fahden's Clearly Clean & Simple

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