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Dusting Done Right: 9 Creative Ways to Dust Your Home

Dust may be a part of life, but expensive cloths and harsh chemicals don't have to be. Learn how to keep your home dust-free with nothing more than some old socks and a few kitchen essentials.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Dusting

Keep your home clean without the expensive dusting pads or harsh chemicals. With these tips you'll be eliminating dust with nothing more than some old socks and a few kitchen essentials.

1. Replace Your Rags
Instead, wear a pair of old socks on your hands to dust. It’s efficient (you’re using both hands) and cheap (remember, these are old socks), and you can wash and reuse them. You can also use socks on your duster and sweeper handles instead of buying disposable refills and pads. Those fuzzy socks you see on sale everywhere during the holiday season work especially well.

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2. DIY Dusting Cloths
Here’s a fresh idea: Whether you use socks or cloths, keep them ready to go to dusting work and deliver a lovely lemon scent around your house. It’s simple. In a large bowl, add equal parts water and white vinegar. Add a few drops of olive oil. Soak your clean socks or cloths in the solution until saturated. While they’re soaking, peel lemon rinds in good-size pieces. When ready, wring out each sock or cloth until just damp. Spread out the cloths on a counter, and roll a few lemon rinds into each. Store in an airtight glass container so the cloths stay moist until you’re ready to put them to work. Launder used cloths and repeat the process as needed.

3. Amazing Spray
Prefer to have your dust and shine solution in spray form? Save the cost of (and chemicals in) commercial sprays! Just tweak the ingredient proportions above. We recommend mixing in a spray bottle 1 cup water, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and 10 drops lemon essential oil.

4. Reach Easily Between Blinds
Is there any chore more annoying than dusting your venetian blinds? To make the chore go more quickly and reach every last slat, fasten a cloth around each edge of a set of tongs with rubber bands. Then tackle those slats two at a time! Another crazy but effective option: use bread crusts. Just hold a piece of crust around each slat, then run it along the length of the blinds. An old paintbrush will also do the trick, or you can use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Whatever your tool of choice, make sure you won’t have to dust again for a while. Finish by spraying Static Guard (usually used for clothing) onto your blinds to repel dust!

5. Chase Dust Gently
Forget the feather duster. The easiest way to get loose dust off your knickknacks—and other delicate areas—is to blow it away with a hair dryer. Or spray them with air from a compressed air can (usually used to clean electronics and computer keyboards).

6. Don’t Forget the Bulbs
Clear off that coating of dust from your light bulbs so they can shine bright! All is takes is a cloth dabbed with rubbing alcohol. Make sure your lights are off and the bulbs are cool to the touch first.

7. Dust Down Under
Wrap old pantyhose around the head of a broom, then let the handle help you reach underneath a couch or cabinet. The static cling from the stocking acts like a magnet for dust.

8. Reach Tight Places
Wrap a dusting cloth around a ruler or kitchen spatula with rubber bands. The handle will give you an extended reach. Need to reach even farther? Try a heavy-duty sock on a yardstick.

9. Shine With Mayo
Artificial plants looking a little lackluster and dusty? Bring back shiny leaves by rubbing on a dab of mayo with a cloth. Baby wipes work well to clean, too.

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