DIY Dust Removal Guide: How to Effortlessly Banish Dust

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Hi everyone, and welcome to my guide on dust removal! Dusting is one of those tasks that can be really annoying, but it's essential for maintaining a clean and healthy home.

Did you know that the dust that builds up in your home, like on your upholstered furniture, fans, and floors, can contain dust mites that can cause pesky allergies and asthma? Plus, let's be real, nobody likes a dusty and unsightly home.

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Today, I'm here to help you out with some awesome dusting hacks that will make your home cleaner and more comfortable and keep those dust mite allergies at bay.

I'll guide you through different areas of your home and provide you with the dust control tips and tricks I use that help me with allergen removal without breaking my back.

Let's dive in and discover some amazing dusting hacks!

Cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan blade with an old pillowcase

1. Ceiling fans

When cleaning ceiling fans, one of my go-to deep cleaning techniques is using an old pillowcase.

First, I carefully slide the pillowcase over the blades, then press down and slide it off to collect the dust inside the pillowcase. This method helps prevent dust from flying around and settling elsewhere in the room. It's simple and effective!

Removing dust on blinds with the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner

2. Blinds

Cleaning blinds can be a breeze with a few easy techniques.


One of my personal favorites is using the brush attachment on my upright vacuum cleaner or a handheld vacuum. Simply turn on the vacuum and lightly run the brush back and forth over the blinds.

Using an old sock to clean the dust off of blinds


Another option is to slip an old sock over your hand and use it to wipe down the blinds, even getting into the finer details. Plus, the best part is that you can easily wash and reuse the sock later.

With these simple tricks, you'll have your blinds looking spick and span in no time!

Rolling a lint roller on a lamp shade

3. Lampshades

When it comes to cleaning lampshades, there are plenty of options available. However, my personal favorite is to use a lint roller to remove dust from the outside and top edges of cloth lampshades. Simply roll and rub the brush over the surface to collect the dust.

This cleaning solution is a quick, easy, and efficient way to remove dust from your lampshades.

Cleaning a light bulb with a damp cloth

4. Lights

When it comes to cleaning lights, there are many ways to go about it. My preferred method is to remove the light bulb if possible and use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust gently. Make sure to dry the light completely before turning it back on. This will ensure that your light stays clean and shining bright.

Removing dust on baseboards with a vacuum cleaner

5. Baseboards

Cleaning baseboards doesn't have to be a difficult household chore. Here are two dusting tips for easily cleaning your baseboards:

Vacuum cleaner

One of my favorite methods is using the brush attachment on my vacuum cleaner. I can easily clean baseboards near the floor or reach high areas without having to bend over or stretch too far.

Cleaning baseboards with a dryer sheet on a dollar store sweeper

Dryer sheets

Another easy option is to attach a used dryer sheet to a dollar store sweeper. The sheet will create a static cling, making it simple to remove dust from your baseboards. 

With these tricks, your baseboards will be spotless without putting any strain on your back!

An old dryer sheet can be used to remove dust from electronics

6. Electronics

When it comes to dusting your computers and TVs, there are a few options to consider.

Dryer sheets

Using an old dryer sheet on electronics can be effective as it has static cling that pulls off dust.

Cleaning a TV with an old cotton sock

Cotton sock

Alternatively, a soft cotton sock can be used to dust all surfaces without scratching them.

Cleaning a keyboard with rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip

Rubbing alcohol

For computer keyboards and surfaces, rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip is an excellent cleaning product as it works to both remove dust and disinfect. The same can be done for wiping down the exterior of the laptop or computer with a microfiber cloth.

An electronics duster can clean vents easily

7. Vents

Cleaning floor and wall vents can be a hassle, but it doesn't have to be.

Electronic Dusters

An easy and effective way to clean them is by using an electronic duster. This tool will blow the dust right out of the vents without much effort on your part.

Wiping between the slats of a vent with a bristle brush

Bristle or Foam Brush

If you want to ensure that all the dust is removed from your vents, you can also use a bristle brush or foam brush to wipe between all the slats. This will ensure that every nook and cranny is free of dust. The best part? You can wash and reuse these brushes again and again.

Dusting the ceiling with a broom

8. Alternative dusting tools

I've got a few more home maintenance tools that I use to keep those pesky dust mite allergens away and make sure they don't trigger any allergies, asthma attacks, or other respiratory issues.

Here are some extra effective dusting tips that you can use to keep your home clean and healthy:


We mustn't forget about our brooms. Not only are they handy for sweeping up the floors, but they also allow you to reach those hard-to-reach areas and get those cobwebs down from up high.

Dusting with a cotton cloth

Cotton is a win

Another great way to dust your surfaces is by using cotton. Whether it's a cotton rag, dish towel, old T-shirt, or even cotton socks, simply wipe the surface with these and then wash and reuse them.

Reusable dusting tools

Reusable Dusting Tools

There are many options for reusable dusting tools, such as dusting mitts or dusters that you can pick up at the dollar store. Simply dust and then wash and use again. So not only are you saving money, but you're also reducing waste

More House Cleaning Hack Tutorials

For more ideas to help you with your spring cleaning routine, check out my  6 Dryer Sheet Hacks guide.

Dusting hacks guide

Thanks for reading this tutorial on dust removal! By implementing these tips and tricks, you can easily clean your home and reduce your exposure to dust mites, which can lead to allergic reactions, asthma symptoms, and a runny nose.

Keep these tips in mind and you'll have a fresh and dust-free home in no time!

Please let me know in the comments what clever dusting hacks you use around your home!

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  • Ban73196168 Ban73196168 on Apr 21, 2023

    As always, you are a winner.

    How is the healing of you and family?

  • Dmcapistran Dmcapistran on Apr 21, 2023

    What order do you recommend cleaning? Dust then sweep/vacuum?

    Do the high stuff first and then the low areas?

  • Ble10401807 Ble10401807 on Mar 03, 2024

    What can I use to keep dust off my work Vans dashboard

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  • AreEmBe AreEmBe on Mar 11, 2024

    First, I cut down on laundry detergent by half. I do not overdry laundry, and most of my laundry I dry either on my clothesline or indoors on a wooden drying rack. Save $$ on your electricity bill. I also use felted wool dryer balls. You can probably find someone locally who makes them. There are many great products available which are unscented (why, o why do we need all that scented crap on our clothes etc.?) and which leave no toxic residue or offgassing. You can do a little of your own research.

  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 12, 2024

    Amazing, who knew about these hacks. Thank you for sharing!!