5 Effective Dusting Hacks That Are Crazy Easy

Alicia W
by Alicia W
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Here are a few dusting hacks that are so easy you'll say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Use these dusting tips and your house will be dust-free in no time.

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What is dust?

Dust is made up of fine particles that come from various sources: waste, earth, pollution, clothing fibers, dead skin cells, pollen, and dust mites. Gross, right?

Dusty cleaning cloth

What are dust mites?

As the name suggests, dust mites are tiny insects that feed off dust, especially dead human skin cells. They love hot and humid environments but they can cause allergy problems in humans.

How to dust a ceiling fan without creating mess

1. How to dust a ceiling fan

Almost every home has ceiling fans and while we don't see it, they get really dusty.

Using an old pillowcase, cover the blades, one at a time, then pull the case towards you. The dust will be contained in the pillowcase not falling on your head.

After you're done dusting, just throw the case into the washer.

See here for an in-depth guide on how to clean your ceiling fan.

How to dust lampshades with a lint roller

2. How to dust lampshades

Look closely at your lampshades. This is another place where we don't really see the dust but it's there. Using a lint roller, roll over the entire shade.

How to dust an upholstered headboard with a lint roller

3. How to dust an upholstered headboard

While you've got the lint roller in your hand, roll it over your upholstered headboard. Amazing how dusting that is too.

How to dust houseplants with a microfiber cloth

4. How to dust houseplants

Give your plants a dusting and a shine by rubbing them with a dry microfiber cloth. You don't need anything on the cloth, just rubbing the leaves brings out the shine.

Microfiber cloths, binder clips, and kitchen tongs

5. How to dust window blinds

Using two microfiber cloths, four small binder clips, and a pair of kitchen tongs, you can make a slatted blind cleaner.

Wrapping the tongs with microfiber cloths

Simply wrap a microfiber cloth around each tong and place a binder clip on each end to keep the cloth on the tong.

How to remove dust from window blinds

Close the tongs on each slate and slide across. When you are done, upclip the cloths and throw them into the washer.

Canned air

Bonus dusting hack

My favorite way to remove dust around the house is with canned air!

Dusting books with canned air

Blast dust off of books,

Dusting picture frames with canned air

Ornate picture frames,

Dusting baskets with canned air


How to remove dust with canned air

Those hard to dust places on your tchotchkes,

Dusting hacks

faux greenery and flowers. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Dusting hacks

What do you think of these easy dusting hacks? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Claudine Garcia Burks Claudine Garcia Burks on Jul 29, 2019

    You decorate on outside of jars and vase?

  • Martha Fox Martha Fox on Jan 03, 2020

    How do you get dust off popcorn ceilings? Every time I have tried it makes a huge mess and never gets it all?

  • Statietooley Statietooley on Jan 27, 2020

    How do you clean between the floor and the bottom of a shower the sealant that keeps it from leaking turns color, and around where the shower has been set on the bottom half of the shower base? It's like a rubber sealant that discolors

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  • Katen Katen on Jul 12, 2023

    Dear friend had hardwood floors refinished. She is clean freak so after all work done had furnace vents cleaned and she swears her home isn’t near as dusty as before the floors we redone. Can’t wait for my remodel done to do the same. I hate dusting

  • Leslie Leslie on Jul 13, 2023

    I just use my vacuum and brush attachment to suck up dust and regulate the intake on my vacuum. If you are using compressed air aren't you just making double work for self buy blowing dust off of item and then having to dust again the place the dust is landing?