Giving your home a good thorough dusting is one thing that should be on your weekly cleaning list. Dust in your home builds up continually due to pet dander, dead skin cells (yuck!), dirt dragged in from outside, and the list goes on. On top of that, if you are prone to allergies you will find that your sneezes and sniffles come a lot more often when you don’t properly dust your home.

Here are a few pointers that will help you dust your home quickly and easily:

1. Use tools that grab at dust instead of just push it around. Some suggestions are microfiber towels (or you can use fabric softener sheets as a substitute), feather or lambswool dusters.

2. Start dusting from the top down.

3. If an area is very thick with dust, use a dry duster first to get the majority of dust off, and then go over the surface again with a clean damp cloth.

4. Use furniture polish sparingly to prevent product buildup or damage to wood surfaces.

5. Use a long handled duster to reach fans, wall and ceilings. You’ll be amazed at how much dust those areas can hold.

6. Shake out rugs and couch pillows. You may not be able to see the dust, but it’s there.

7. Don’t forget to get underneath and behind furniture, appliances and electronics. Dust knows no boundaries.

8. Vacuum (or sweep) the room well when you’re done. This will pick up all the dust your duster tools haven’t, and will also remove any dust that’s been brushed off surfaces and onto the floor.

While it may be time consuming to dust on a continual basis, new dust is always easier to get rid of than dust and dirt that’s been allowed to accumulate over time. Your reward will be a fresh, clean home you can breathe easy in and enjoy.

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