What is the best dusting tool?
October 20, 2011 9:35 AM Subscribe
Haven't dusted in three years. What's a good tool or technique to make this fast and easy? I'm looking for an 80% or 90% solution - don't need to get everything.
posted by Lady Li to Home & Garden (25 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Except for wiping the dust off the furnace (for fire safety) and vacuuming a few times, we haven't dusted our home since we moved in to it three years ago. I want to get most of the dust off everything, as painlessly as possible. If either of us was 'in to' cleaning it wouldn't have been three years without dusting, so painless is important. My ideal would be some kind of cloth or brush that I can just swoosh over surfaces and maybe not get huge wads of dust-bunny floating down or curling up on the side. Some surfaces that need to be cleaned:
- ceiling (tried a brush but ended up with dust bunnies and cobweb-tangles in my face)
- flat and semi-flat surfaces
- flat and semi-flat surfaces with stuff on them (e.g., the electronics cabinet, the top of the refrigerator - can I do 90% of the job without having to take everything down and dust it all individually?)
- carpet (planning to vacuum)
- ceiling fan
- fan intakes - window fan and computer
- tangle of electronics cables
- cloths and rags
- paper towels
- vacuum cleaner without any attachments
- willingness to go buy something (although not a $100+ new vacuum cleaner. Maybe a dust buster or a long-handled brush?)
Not actually trying to start a 'dusting routine' here, although suggestions for things to do every couple of weeks or months that only take a few minutes are OK. Mostly I'm looking for what to do to make the biggest impact now.