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Forget Dusting: Easier Ways To Clean Surfaces

March 3, 2024
Forget Dusting: Easier Ways To Clean Surfaces

Cleaning your home can feel like an endless chore. Dust accumulates quickly, leaving surfaces looking dull and dirty. While dusting is effective, it can be time-consuming and tedious. Fortunately, there are easier ways to clean surfaces throughout your home. Here are some simple techniques to get your surfaces looking clean and shiny again:

Use Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths are a game-changer when it comes to cleaning. The ultra-fine fibers grab onto dust and dirt particles, lifting them away without the need for chemical cleaners. I simply run a dry microfiber cloth over surfaces to remove dust, fingerprints, and smudges. These cloths are machine washable, so I reuse them over and over. I have microfiber cloths designated for kitchen, bathroom, wood, and glass surfaces.

Microfiber cloths are more effective than traditional cotton cloths or paper towels. The tiny fibers have a static charge that attracts and traps debris. I am able to clean surfaces faster with less effort using microfiber. It’s an inexpensive way to keep surfaces clean between deeper cleanings.

Clean Glass with Vinegar

I avoid harsh chemical glass cleaners and opt for a simple homemade solution instead. Mixing equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle is an effective and streak-free glass cleaner.

Vinegar cuts through dirt and grime, removing it from the surface. I simply spray the solution onto glass and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or crumpled newspaper. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly, leaving sparkling windows and mirrors behind.

This thrifty green cleaner can be used on shower doors, car windows, eyeglasses, and more. It’s safe for most surfaces and better for my health than breathing in toxic fumes from conventional cleaners.

Use a Dryer Sheet on Fans and Blinds

Here’s an unusual tip for removing dust from hard-to-reach spots: used dryer sheets. I simply run a used dryer sheet over ceiling fan blades, vents, and blinds to attract and pick up dust. The anti-static properties in dryer sheets grabs onto dust particles.

Dryer sheets reach nooks and crevices that cloths can’t fit into. They pick up cobwebs easily and wipe down slats on blinds quickly. I toss a few new and used sheets into my cleaning caddy for this purpose. It’s a simple dusting hack that saves me time and energy.

Schedule Deep Cleanings

While quick cleaning hacks are useful for maintenance, it’s still important to schedule deep cleanings periodically. I like to set reminders on my calendar to do thorough cleanings of my home once or twice per year.

This includes washing walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, upholstery, and surfaces from top to bottom. Deep cleanings remove allergens and refresh your living spaces, making your home look and feel new again. Designate a weekend for each thorough cleaning session. Tackle one or two rooms each day.


Dusting can feel endless at times. However, with the right tools and techniques, keeping surfaces clean doesn’t have to be so tedious. Using microfiber cloths, DIY vinegar spray, and dryer sheets gets dust off surfaces quickly. Scheduling seasonal deep cleanings keeps my whole home fresh. Implementing these simple shortcuts has made cleaning faster and easier for me. I can maintain clean surfaces without spending all my time dusting.

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