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Dust can make us sick and even if you dust on the regular, there are dusty placed in your home you’ve probably never even thought of before. Let go over these hidden places you should be dusting.
Dusty Places in Your Home You Are Probably Forgetting About
You pride yourself on keeping a clean home and doing your housekeeping chores regularly. However, our number one cleaning enemy is DUST!
And it likes to hide. Particularly those that are hard to reach and/or see, can become absolute magnets for the stuff. You most likely have a few dusty places in your home you are unaware of. Dusting common areas of your home is likely one of your weekly housekeeping chores, which will keep it from building up and becoming unsightly or triggering allergies.
Dust contains human skin cells, fibers, human and animal hair, and much more. According to Dyson’s 2021 global dust study, the ceiling is the top spot people forget to dust and it could be we just don’t look up often enough. Starting from the top cleaning and going to the bottom is a secret I learned from hotel maids.
Now let’s talk about some dusty places in your home that you are probably forgetting about.
While you walk right past them daily, they are often one of the places we forget to dust. Next time, take a quick look at your walls when you run past. They may be a little furry and you have just never noticed before.
Remember dust can cling to any type of surface. To clean dusty walls, start at the top and work your way down with a dust mop. A dust mop is the easiest way to wipe down your walls, especially hard-to-reach areas.
Then finish up by wiping light switches and doorknobs.
Underneath the Furniture
This is a dusty place we often forget about. Sure, you probably use a vacuum or a dust mop on the floor underneath the furniture, but what about the bottom of the furniture itself? You may be very surprised by what you find.
This is the perfect place for spider webs, egg sacs, and dust bunnies to live happily in the dark. At least a couple of times of the year, you need to take the time to vacuum or dust the bottom of the furniture itself.
Real and artificial plants alike can accumulate an astonishing amount of dust and dirt on their leaves inside of the house. For smaller plants that are easy to move, a quick rinse in the shower is all you need to remove the dust.
Now if you have larger plants that can’t be moved easily, you can wipe down the leaves with a microfiber cloth. For silk plants, you can dust them with a cloth or take them outside and blow off the leaves with a hairdryer set on the cool setting.
Tops of Cabinets, Doors, and Picture Frames
Cleaning the floors beneath our feet and what we can see at eye level comes naturally when we are actively cleaning.
It can be easy to forget to look up and take care of the dust that may be lingering on top of the refrigerator, the door and window frames, ceiling fans, and even the tops of picture frames and mirrors that we may have hanging on our walls.
An adjustable duster can make it easy for you to reach these surfaces in your home.
Pet beds hold just as much dirt, dust, and dander as human beds do, if not more so they need to be cleaned fairly frequently. If your pet bed has a removable cover, you can wash it in hot water to get it clean.
If the covering can’t be removed. Then vacuum both sides of the bed to remove dust and dirt, preferably with a pet brush attachment for your vacuum cleaner.
Your curtains and blinds can trap a lot of dust, pollen, and other airborne pollutants, especially if you enjoy opening the windows frequently to let the fresh air from outside indoors.
If your curtains can be washed in the washing machine, take them down and wash them in the hottest allowed setting for the material that they are made of.
Washing your vacuum attachment to remove dirt and dust should also be done frequently. For your blinds, an old sock and a spritz of water work great at removing dust and grime.
Lampshades are another common area where we frequently forget where dust may be hiding. Fortunately, they are quick and easy to clean!
Just use a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner or a microfiber cloth to wipe the dust away.
Other Dusty Places In Your Home
- Light bulbs
- Air vents
- Overhead light fixtures
- Tops of books
- In and around bookshelves
- Kitchen cabinets – around doors and top
- Tops of air conditioner units
- Bed frames
- The top of the refrigerator
- Decorative items and knickknacks
- Electronics’ screens
- Ceiling fans
- Shower frames
- Around the tub
- Ceilings and walls
Do you already clean all of these areas in your home? Or were there a few dusty places you have forgotten about?