Dusting in the 21st Century

March 3, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Unless you’re allergic to dust, you probably don’t think much about dusting. Dusting is a low-priority chore for most of us. We do it when we remember, and rarely exert mental energy thinking about it.

My mom used a soft cloth with a spritz of water on it to dust the house when I was a kid, so that is the same method I used when I moved out on my own. Little did I know that there had been advancements in dusting over 30 years.

I should note that the cotton cloth with a little bit of water on it is actually a pretty safe choice when it comes to dusting. (The cloth shouldn’t be noticeably damp or leave any signs of water on your surfaces, just spritzed enough to keep the dust on the cloth instead of pushing it around on your shelves.) The cloth can be thrown in the washing machine when finished with the chore and reused the next time you remember to dust. Oh, and don’t use any fabric softener if you dry it in a machine — you want the cloth free of chemicals when you use it as a dust rag. The cloth dusting method, however, isn’t the most efficient method for gathering dust. You can dust faster and better with newer products on the market.

Electrostatic Dusters


These dusters use static electricity to pull dust toward them like a magnet. They can be squished into hard-to-reach locations, run along the top of uneven surfaces, and extend to clean ceiling fan blades and doorways. I recommend buying one with an adjustable extension handle so that you can use it in all areas of your home.

The one pictured here is a reusable duster that can be cleaned by vacuuming it off, but there are also disposable ones on the market from companies like Swiffer.

Microfiber Cloths and Canned Air


These are perfect for computer equipment that shouldn’t be exposed to the magnetic charge of an electrostatic duster. The microfiber cloths won’t scratch monitors and easily trap dust in their fibers. The compressed air is perfect for blasting dust and dirt out between keyboard keys and small parts on computer mice. Once you kick out the dust, then you can wipe down the equipment with the microfiber cloth to ensure the dust doesn’t get back inside your electronics. These cloths are also great for dusting television screens and eyeglasses.

Tips for Dusting:

  • Start at the top of a room and work your way down.
  • Work in a spiral motion around a room (crown molding of all four walls, high shelves on all four walls, and on down to the baseboards).
  • Finish any dusting activity by vacuuming or dust mopping your floors.
  • If you’re allergic to dust, wear a face mask to keep stray particles from affecting you.
  • Dusting is a great chore for little helpers. After you tackle the hard-to-reach spaces, children can master the lower items.

Now that I’m coming out of the dark age of dusting, are there even better products on the market not yet on my radar screen? Let me know about them in the comments!