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Dust Bunnies

Updated on November 23, 2013

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The Enemy is DUST!

Dust is my enemy. We are in a war. Who will win?

It appears mysteriously on my glass top tables as a fine mist. It settles on every surface in my house, uninvited! It is an unwelcome guest and one that perpetually knocks on my door. I try to ignore it, but it announces its presence each morning with the early morning sunbeams. Certain times of the year seem to usher it in more readily and cause even bigger battles, like the oak tree pollen currently falling from the trees that literally surround my home. Heavy Spring breezes spew the dust inside with no effort. Time to get out the arsenal of weapons to win the war.

I have years of experience fighting this war! My resume should read Dust Warrior, thirty five years of hands-on battle experience. Over many years, I have tried a variety of tactics in an attempt to eliminate the pesty residue for the greatest length of time. Each time I am faced with the urge to rid my house of this sneaky enemy, I am forced to re-evaluate my tactics. They are not working! Here I am again!


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How to Fight The Battle

My arsenal of weapons are numerous. I often use a dusting spray and cloth on wood surfaces which is effective and makes the house smell fresh and clean. As an alternative, I use a dry dust cloth, like the Swiffler Cloths. These are quick and easy to use and can be used on a variety of surfaces.

In addition, my glass table tops are most often cleaned with a glass cleaner. The kitchen is regularly swept and regularly mopped with a disinfectant. A floor shine product keeps it looking shiny and clean. Counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms are cleaned with glass cleaners or soft scrub cleaners. Window blinds are wiped with a dry dust cloth to keep the residue down to a minimum. Since I despise cleaning window blinds, the dust collects and forms a sticky surface. To clean this residue off of the slats, I use a window cleaner spray and cloth to wipe them down. Ceiling fans and chandeliers are cleaned with a long handled feather duster and/or a dry dust cloth. Don't forget that the vacuum cleaner is an essential tool for this battle!

Dust Your Walls and Doors

We all have dust on our furniture to contend with and walls, floorboards and doors are no different. Bathroom walls collects hair and other debris as well as other locations in your home that gather general dust. As I was dusting my kitchen floor this morning with a Swiffler dry cloth after a kitchen disaster, it occurred to me to use the long handled sweeper and dry cloth for the walls, especially near the airconditioning vents. I was so excited to see that it was a quick and easy means of wiping down the walls and baseboards. Not only did I dust the walls, but also quickly dusted the sides of some of my larger furniture. The walls next to the bathroom sink where I dry my hair with a blow dryer every other day can be difficult to keep clean. I dusted the walls and nearby doors to remove any hair or dust. It was a quick and successful task. I am sold on this method of dust removal.

Don't forget to add a new cloth when the dusting cloth becomes too dirty to use.

I won't be dusting walls and doors as often as I dust my furniture, but will use this additional method of attacking dust in my Spring and Fall cleaning.

It's A Regular Battle

I fight the battle with dust on a regular basis. Every two weeks or three weeks, I gather the implements of war to fight. When I become tired and overwhelmed with the task before me, I just picture my mansion in heaven where there will be no more battles. I hear that the streets of heaven are paved with gold! Does that mean that there will be gold dust to contend with - definitely food for thought!

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  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks Linda. I was trying to be funny! Thanks for noticing. Les Trois Chenes, I can imagine the continual cleaning for a B & B. So glad to hear from you on the other side of the ocean!

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    Les Trois Chenes 

    7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

    I live in Limousin, rural S W France and as soon as you turn your back, the dust is back - with a vengence. We run a B & B so clearly the battle lines are drawn and the fight against dust is on. Many thanks for your dust-fighting tips.

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    Linda Tadlock 

    7 years ago from Atlanta

    I love that about the Dust Warrior and your thirty five years of hands-on battle experience. Very funny.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Hey Granny. I agree that Swiffler dusters are awesome.Thanks for the tip!

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    Granny's House 

    8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Hi paula, you need to get a Swiffer duster. They are GREAT

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Elayne, I would be sneezing in that friend's house! Dusting helps my allergies! See you on the microfibre brush isle of the store! :)

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I have a friend who will not dust and so visiting her house is like being in a museum that has been closed for several months. Kind of freaky, but then, she has her rights. I live in Hawaii and we have louvered windows - those are the worst for dust and dirt. Thanks for an entertaining hub on dust. I think I'll be look for a microfibre brush too. Aloha!

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Aha Amber. I will have to try a microfibre brush! Thanks for the tip and the comment!

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    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    Hi Paula

    Dust does get everywhere and it is a never ending battle My dust gathering weapon of choice is a microfibre brush.

    Amber:)

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks for sharing Derrick. Everything in life should have balance, when one thing gets out of balance, our whole life is affected. As I mentioned in my hub, I clean every two weeks. Have a blessed day!

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    Derrick As 

    8 years ago

    My wife is a cleaner, she used to clean up our house everyday, never miss. It is good to clean our room and house clean, but sometimes it could be over sensitive about the dust or dirt, too worry about it until sometime I feel my life ruin due to she is over react on the cleanliness.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you for your comment Fastfreta! We are in the same boat, as they say.

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    Alfreta Sailor 

    8 years ago from Southern California

    A woman after my own heart, I love to clean as I stated in one of my hubs, so this hub is right up my alley. Living in dry Southern California, dust is an ever present enemy, so I can identify with totally with this hub. Very good hub.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks breakfastpop for the comment. Keep up the good fight!

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    breakfastpop 

    8 years ago

    I too fight the good fight against dust. Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the dust is winning!

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