5 Time-Saving Dusting Hacks You Must Try

Dust is a ubiquitous part of life. It accumulates on surfaces and is emitted from machines, making it a common component of air quality. As homeowners, we want the air we breathe in our homes to be clean. According to the American Lung Association, there are a large number of Americans who stay inside their homes for most of their day — from working at home to not being the type to enjoy the great outdoors — therefore making the air quality inside our homes even more important. 

As such, cleaning your home can be a tedious and time-consuming task that many people aren't fond of doing, but a clean home helps with better air quality. One of the simplest ways to clean your home is to dust frequently. Dusting removes dirt, hair, skin, and other particles from surfaces and can help to keep your home clean, healthy, and tidy. Sure, dusting is not a favorite chore for anyone to perform, but there are actually plenty of ways to make it easier on you. We're sharing five dusting hacks to make cleaning a little simpler.

Sock-it with a Swiffer

Swiffer is a company that makes disposable cloths that attach to a special wand mop. All you have to do is wet the cloth, attach it to the wand, and then swipe across the floor. However, these wet cloths can get to be very expensive. There is a better way to clean your floors with your Swiffer mop.

Another option is fuzzy socks. These socks are super stretchy, so they are able to stretch across the bottom of the mop. Clark shares that moistening the sock may help to lift more from your floors. They remove dirt and dust quite easily. When you are done, take the sock and toss it into the wash for next time. You can easily pick up an extra pair for cleaning at your local dollar store. Dusting this way makes a great way to help reduce our carbon footprint, too.

Pack a punch with a pillowcase

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep a room cool, but they can also be a haven for dust and dirt. One easy way to clean them is by using a pillowcase. According to Lemon Blossom Cleaning Services, all you need to do is make sure the pillowcase is over the fan blades and then use it to wipe them down. 

The dust will be trapped in the fabric of the pillowcase, which makes it easy to dispose of it. Once the dust has made its way into the pillowcase, you can shake away the dust outdoors. When you are done, simply toss the pillowcase in the laundry, wash, and reuse it. If you want to really trap the dust, you can always mist the inside of the pillowcase so there is some moisture there to grab all it can. This is another eco-friendly way of cleaning that is easy on your wallet, too.

Take your tongs to the blinds

If you have blinds in your home, then you know that they need to be cleaned on a regular basis. They are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning, but they can easily become one of the dustiest and most dirty places in your home. Not only do they collect dust, but they can also get dirty from fingerprints as well as other smudges. 

One way to clean your blinds is with a microfiber cloth and a pair of kitchen tongs. Using rubber bands or zip-ties, you can attach the cloth to each side of the tongs. After that, you can grasp each blind with your new invention and grab that dust once and for all. Pure Wow suggests that if you have particularly dingy blinds, tossing in some baking soda with water will help to lift the dirt and restore color to your window coverings. 

Lint roller for lampshades

If you have a lampshade in your home, it's likely that at some point, it will get dusty or covered in debris and dust because homes are filled with the stuff. While you could try to clean it with a cloth, this often isn't very effective and can actually end up spreading the dirt around. A better option is to use a lint roller. Lint rollers are specifically designed to remove dust, dirt, and other debris from surfaces like clothing and furniture, so they're perfect for cleaning lampshades. 

To use one, just grab it by the handle and roll it back and forth around the lamp shade. You may need to do this a few times to get all the dirt and dust off. If there is any debris that doesn't come off with the lint roller, you can use a damp cloth to clean it off. Life Maid Easy suggests using the lint roller on the inside of the lampshade as well to assure you are picking up all the dust from the lamp. 

Screen clean with coffee filters

There's nothing quite like watching your favorite show or movie on a nice, clean television screen. Cleaning your television and other electronic devices with a coffee filter is a great way to avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the screens and other delicate parts. They can get into all the nooks and crannies to clean the screen. 

Gizmodo notes that in addition to picking up dust, they also can reduce static on LCD screens. They can pick up dust just as well as any screen cleaner can. Just take a coffee filter and gently wipe your screen in a circular motion. The coffee filters are lint-free and very soft, and that makes them the perfect candidate for cleaning your television, not to mention an inexpensive one as well. This is one eco-friendly way to turn a common household item into a useful cleaning tool.