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.
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