Do you every ask yourself why there is so much dust in your house? Well here are some simple tips on HOW TO DUST YOUR HOME THE EASY WAY and DUSTING HACKS to prevent more dust from accumulating!
With spring around the corner, it’s time to get rid of all that dust that has been accumulating while you were stuck indoors all winter. Dust bunnies may sound cute, but they are gross. Excessive dust in your house can cause breathing problems and allergies. After all, dust mites are a real thing.
How to Dust Your Home The Easy Way
When we first moved into the “money pit”, I couldn’t understand how there was so much dust in our home. No matter what I did, it came back with a full vengeance. It took a good cleaning and some dusting preventative strategies to minimize it in my home. Now weekly dusting is all my house needs to stay as dust-free as it possibly can be.
How to clean dust
When dusting, clean from the top to bottom. When you clean the high areas first, then it lets the dust settle to the floor and you can vacuum it all up when you are finished.
Use Micro-fiber cloths to clean dust. Micro-fiber cloths are an amazing cleaning tool. They attract dust like a magnet and then you can just throw them in the washer when you are done. They can be used dry or a little damp. Tip: Never use fabric softener on micro-fiber cloths because they will not attract dust as well. Also, let them air dry. There are some cheap Microfiber Cloths that work well, but my absolute favorite is the Norwex brand because it is infused with silver to have antibacterial properties.
Wear Micro-fiber slippers. These cool Dust Mop Slippers are awesome! They pick up all that stuff as you are walking around. If you wear these when you clean, or when just hanging around your house, they will help cut down on sweeping. They capture the dust instead of spreading it around.
How to remove dust from furniture. I use a lint-roller on my sofa and lamp shades. It works like a charm. Another dusting trick is to rub a rubber glove on your sofa to create static to attract the dust and then just vacuum it or use your lint-roller.
Use a pillowcase on your ceiling fan. Slip a pillowcase over your ceiling fan blades and pull it off slowly. The pillowcase collects all the grime without making a mess. Then just toss the pillowcase in the wash.
How to Prevent Dust
Change your air filter monthly. We stopped using the expensive HEPA furnace air filters for a little while, and it was a big mistake. When we started using them again, the dust in our home was cut down by 50%. They truly make a huge difference. Also, when you dust, turn your thermostat on to “fan”. Leave it run while you are dusting and an extra 10 minutes after you are done. It will suck all that loose dust out of the air and straight into your HEPA filter.
Use doormats. Keep the dirt from entering your home in first place by using doormats. Have doormats inside and outside of your entry doors to collect all the dirt.
Use house plants for more than decor. Plants purify the air. Click here to read about all the amazing ways that house plants can help clean your home.
Declutter and organize your closet. Your closets can be full of dust because of all the fibers shedding from your clothes. These tips on organizing your closet should help take care of that.
Use a humidifier. When the air is moist, it prevents static electricity from building up. I use humidifiers in the winter, but during the other months I use an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser to put a little mist in the air. I diffuse my favorite cleaning oil Purify for the perfect clean scent.
Run an air purifier. We bought an air purifier last year to help with allergies. Not only did it catch all of those nasty allergens in the air, but it catches all the dust as well. We have a large air purifier in our living room, and mini-ones in our bedrooms.
Own a good vacuum. If you are one of the lucky ones that own a robotic vacuum then you really shouldn’t have any dust bunnies. If not, then I hope you have a vacuum with an excellent filter. I have a Rainbow (I have no idea how the salesman talked me into it) which has a water filter that I love. However, I despise lugging it around.
Best Dusting Practices
Once you rid your home of all the dust, just a little maintenance is all you will need. Definitely use these prevention tips because they should help make your home almost DUST-FREE. I like to work smarter, and not harder. Not only will your home look cleaner, you will breath better and even sleep better.