Growing up, when I’d offer to help clean the house, the chore my mom gave me was dusting. It was the chore she hated and so I learned to love it. I have things that I kind of hate and tend to delegate, like sweeping and taking out the trash, and so certain kids of mine are learning to love doing them. The cycle continues!
(And you read that right, I would offer to clean for my mom. I was pretty awesome and obviously my mom’s favorite child. Sorry, bros!)
I went to my cleaning closet and gathered up anything I thought was dust-related, besides ironically, my dust masks. (Yes, I have to wear a dust mask because I’m allergic to dust. If I dust something that hasn’t been dusted in a while, like tops of kitchen cabinets during spring cleaning challenge, I will get sick if I don’t wear a mask.)
The Dusting Crew
- Swiffer with simple extending arm —-> what I use 80% of the time
- 6 ft. extending Swiffer duster with double wide dusting surface (uses the same refills)
- Glass cleaner with rag
- method Daily Wood Cleaner with rag (I order from Grove)
- Lint roller
- *Electronics cleaner gets an honorable mention on this list, even though it didn’t make the picture
Where do I use each Dusting thing?
Swiffer duster with 6 ft. extending arm: Use for everything you need help reaching, like chandeliers, cobwebs, extra tall ceiling fans, tops of kitchen cabinets, and more.
Swiffer duster, simple extending arm: Use for every day dusting, anything I can reach with it. Surfaces, baseboards, top of door frames, lamps, window sills, under furniture, and more … even bathroom surfaces before I clean with solution.
Glass Cleaner: Framed photos and art (spray on the cloth, then wipe – do not spray glass on frames directly!), glass furniture tops, glass and ceramic or glossy decorations.
method Daily Wood Cleaner: Sometimes you need something extra for wood furniture that has fingerprints or other marks that a Swiffer won’t clean. I use this on any wood furniture I want to clean or dust.
Lint Roller: Use for all fabric surfaces like velvet furniture, table runners, lamp shades, fabric bins, and any other fabric surface you want to dust.
PSA: One of my biggest successes in my fight against dust is NOT using dryer sheets. I haven’t used dryer sheets in almost 12 years. Replace dryer sheets with wool dryer balls.
Happy Dusting! And remember, if you hate dusting, ask your kids to do it. 😉