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Forget Dusting: Easier Ways to Clean Surfaces

March 5, 2024

Forget Dusting: Easier Ways to Clean Surfaces

Cleaning surfaces in your home doesn’t have to be an arduous chore. With some simple tools and techniques, you can effectively clean and disinfect without spending hours dusting and wiping everything down. Here are some easier ways to keep surfaces clean:

Use Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths are a game-changer when it comes to cleaning. The microfibers grab and hold dirt, dust, and grime much more effectively than regular rags or paper towels.

I keep microfiber cloths handy in every room. They make dusting furniture, wiping counters, and cleaning mirrors a breeze. I just dampen the cloth slightly, and it picks up all the dust and leaves the surface sparkling clean.

Microfiber also doesn’t leave behind lint or streaks like other fabrics can. For really dirty surfaces, I’ll use a spray cleaner and let it sit for a minute before wiping with the microfiber. The combination gets rid of stuck-on gunk without heavy scrubbing.

Focus on High-Touch Areas

While it’s unrealistic to clean every inch of every surface, focusing on high-touch areas can go a long way. Germs and dirt accumulate quickly on surfaces we touch often, like doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, and remote controls.

I keep disinfecting wipes or a spray bottle of cleaner on the kitchen counter. When I walk through the house, I’ll quickly wipe down these high-touch spots to remove germs and visible dirt. It only takes a minute but makes a big difference.

Use Cleaning Tools Strategically

Specialized cleaning tools can also streamline surface cleaning. Things like dusters with extendable heads allow you to easily reach ceiling fans, upper shelves, and the tops of appliances.

Vacuum attachments get into nooks, corners, and other awkward spots that are difficult to wipe down manually. Using the right tool for each area cuts down cleaning time.

Schedule Deep Cleanings

For a routine surface refresh, quick daily wipe downs are sufficient. But occasionally, a deeper clean is needed to remove grime that builds up over time. This is especially true for places like walls, baseboards, windows, cabinets, and floors.

Rather than trying to deep clean everything at once, I like to schedule one task per week. For example, wipe down baseboards on week one, clean cabinets on week two, scrub floors on week three, etc.

Spreading out deep cleans makes the work feel manageable. Plus, it prevents surfaces from getting too dirty before they get attention again.

Enlist Help from Technology

Finally, let technology give you a hand. Robotic vacuums run daily to pick up dust and dirt from floors. Smart mops clean hard floors with little effort on my part.

Air purifiers actively filter out airborne particles, capturing dust before it settles onto surfaces. These devices do a lot of the routine cleaning work for me.


Dusting and scrubbing every surface thoroughly is time-consuming and tedious. Focusing efforts on high-traffic areas, using the right tools, and scheduling deep cleans prevents surfaces from becoming too dirty. With some strategic cleaning habits, I can keep surfaces clean without spending all my free time wiping them down manually. The right techniques allow me to clean smarter, not harder.

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