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20 Tips for Dealing with Dust for People Who Hate Dusting

Updated on October 6, 2010

I don’t know about you but I hate to dust. In fact, I don’t do it nearly as often as I probably should which I’m a little bit ashamed to admit but it’s true nonetheless. Luckily, I’ve learned quite a few tricks over the years for minimizing dust, hiding dust and dealing with dust efficiently. Hopefully some of these tips will help you out with your dust problems, too.

1.     Be smart with your vacuum. If you use a vacuum then invest in a good one. Replace the bag when it’s one-half to three-quarters full. This keeps the vacuum efficient so that it’s sucking up dust instead of spewing it out.

2.     Brush your hair in the bathroom. Have you ever noticed how much of the dirt in your house is actually human hair? By washing it regularly and doing all of your brushing of it in the bathroom, you can confine a lot of that dust to one room where it’s easy to sweep it up.

3.     Change your air filters. This chore is one that a lot of us skip but if you do then you’re making more work for yourself. A good air filter in your heater and air conditioner will take care of dust for you so that you don’t have to. You may even want to invest in fancier air filters, like HEPA air filters, to really get the job done well.

4.     Consider leather for your furniture. It’s not only stylish but it’s also a lot less likely to attract dust and it’s going to be a lot easier to clean when it does get dusty. This is a particularly good choice in rooms you don’t use a lot; why frequently clean furniture that rarely gets used? Modern materials that are designed to be dust-free (like some types of microfiber) are another option for furniture.

5.     Get rid of your carpet. Yes it feels nice but it’s the biggest collector of dust in your house. Trade it out for something that’s easier to free of dust, like tile. You can always lay down small rugs that can be thrown in the wash to get the dust off of them, allowing you to still have that warm feeling in your home without all of that dust to go along with it.

6.     Get rid of your collections. If you have a ton of STUFF in your house then what you have is a bunch of areas to collect dust. You have to wash the individual items free of dust on a regular basis. Give up those collections and you’ll get rid of a lot of dust. If you must keep collections, put them in glass-enclosed cabinets so you can still see them but only have to dust the cabinet regularly rather than the whole collection.

7.     Hire professional cleaners once or twice a year. Have them do the things that you never want to do like dusting the windowsills or moving the furniture to dust underneath it. It costs a little bit of money but it’s better than putting off this chore forever.

8.     Keep live plants in your house. Many different types of plants actually help to keep the air in your home clean. Ask at your local nursery to find the right plants for your home. And make sure that they’re living; fake plants are dust collectors.

9.     Keep pets clean. It’s tough to keep your pets clean but it’s going to reduce a lot of indoor dust if you do. Put a mat outside the door so the dirt gets sucked off of their paws before they come into the house. Go to the groomer regularly. Brush your pets.

10.Keep the windows shut. It’s nice to have the windows open to let fresh air into your home. Unfortunately, it also means that dust comes into the house through your windows. Keep the windows shut and less dust will come in. Pay attention to the level of pollutants in the air using an online weather checker; on gross days you want to keep the windows closed.

11. Know what you’re burning. Anything that you burn in your home is going to create some dust. If you love candles, incense or your fireplace then you’re going to have to deal with some dust. However, there are some tips that make it less dusty – like using clean-burning hardwoods in the fireplace and snuffing out candles instead of blowing them out.

12.Landscape your yard. If you have a bunch of dirt in your yard then that dirt is inevitably going to get tracked into your home. Grass and plants will keep that dirt in the yard where it’s supposed to be!

13.Look at what’s near your vents. Heating and air conditioning vents blow air out around them. If anything is near the vent that’s dusty (like a cat’s litter box or a bookcase you never get around to dusting often enough) then it’s all going to get blown into the rest of your home.

14.Make a regular schedule for dusting. If you know that you’re going to do it for five minutes each morning or for half a day once a month then you’ll just do it and it won’t be this big chore always lingering over you.

15.Quit smoking. And don’t let anyone else smoke in or around your house either. Smoke particles gather up in your home and create dust that just doesn’t need to be there.

16.Try out different products until you find what works for you. There are many different products on the market, including gadgets and cleaning solutions, that you can use to keep dust away. Try them until you find what works best for you.

17.Use curtains instead of blinds and keep them simple. You can take simple curtains down, throw them in the wash and be done with their dust.

18.Use matte paints instead of glossy paints. They’re more dust friendly. And choose smart colors; using grey and cream colors will let the dust that is there blend in better so you notice it less.

19.Use weather stripping. A surprising amount of dust comes in through your doors and windows. Caulk them and weather strip them and less dust will come in. This also means less heating and air escape so you’ll get the benefit of lower electricity bills too.

20.Wax the wood in your home. It’s a lot easier to clean dust off of wooden surfaces if they are properly buffed and waxed. You only need to do this a couple of times each year and it makes a whole lot easier to clean up dust all year long.

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    Shayan132d 7 weeks ago

    Things have gone too good since I have got my air duct cleaning done by Macro Duct Cleaning people. They are good enough they cleaned my ducts with a truck mounted equipment. Their duct cleaning process was amazing. I and my family is feeling much fresh with no headache problems in the evening. No laziness. We have an asthma patient in our home and he feeling fine now after duct cleaning. Having vents cleaning does big effect on your family and pets' health. Because air you breathe inside your house is badly contaminated with variety of material that can cause risk to you and your family. This can cause you lungs problems asthmatic allergic problems cough and flu and irritating things like headache in the evening when you come home from work. Have you ever noticed that why you feel much fresh when you go out of your home, because the indoor quality in house is bad, air you breathe is not safe, oxygen which is coming from the air vents is dirty and dusty. When you have your air ducts cleaned you should keep changing your filters once in a while so you can keep breathing fresh air for long time and then you can have your air duct cleaned after a while. In this way you, your kids, senior citizens and pets remain safe and healthy. Then it doesn't make any difference if you are inside the house or outside the house. Not too many think of having HVAC ducts cleaned and they keep living same way being sick often not knowing the real reason behind their health problems. Senior citizens, children and pets are more affected by this problem. Air duct cleaning doesn't cost too much. Some companies charge according to the number of vents you have in your house and this can cost you way too much because the w0rk is same and you have to extra money for no reason. Always choose a company that can offer you a flat rate for duct cleaning, so you do not have to worry about surprises when duct cleaners visit your home. Sanitizer is also once major part of duct cleaning. It kills germs, bacteria, dust allergens. I would recommend having your air duct cleaning done by Macro Duct Cleaning professionals. Because they are well mannered, explain you everything before they start the work. Get payment after work is done and you are satisfied. For reliable duct cleaning visit their website. www.macroductcleaning.com

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    Edward 18 months ago

    This is basaically to remone and refurnish everything in the house

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    Power Vac Toronto 2 years ago from Toronto

    Good article. Well written. I am in the dust removal business and I would like to add that regular filter changes are good but remember that replacing your filter with an inexpensive filter does not always fix the dust problems. Cheap filters do allow some particulate matter to pass through. It is like throwing gravel through a chain link fence. Some of it passes through.

    Secondly make sure your dryer vent is now leaking and is directly venting outside

    Thanks

    Darwy-Power Vac

    http://www.powervac.ca/power-vac-toronto-gta

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    selink 5 years ago

    The accumulation of dust can bring sickness to the family and this is why regular cleaning is needed. While there are those who can manage tidying things up on their own, there are others who cannot find the time to clean up due to their hectic schedule and may require some assistance (http://www.mintvictoria.com as an example). For those who have asthma, dust can trigger their sickness and so it is best to follow the given tips above in order to have a dust-free home.

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    kim hayes 5 years ago

    i hate dust i am live in a full tile house and the dust is so bad can any one help me to keep it down what can i use please

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    aleida_77 6 years ago from Los Angeles

    These are great tips. I consider myself a dusting expert but there is always something new to learn.

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    grrr 6 years ago

    I hate dust. Totally agree with 6. I have very little of things sitting around on surfaces in my room because I don't want them collecting dust. Everything is stored inside drawers or in the closet. Also, kind of regret getting blinds... just can't be stuff cleaning them... slat by slat.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    I love your hub - very practical. I too hate to dust and some of your tips are very helpful! Some day, in heaven perhaps, there will be no dust!