How to Control Dust in the House

dust control tips for the home

Here are some useful and practical tips on how to control dust in the house.

Dusting a home seems to be a never-ending chore. You vacuum and dust one day and next; you see dust appear on all your shiny surfaces.

It can be soul-destroying!

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What is the Best Way to Dust your House?

Here are some practical tips for keeping your home dust-free.

  • Work on decluttering your home it makes dusting and cleaning in general so much easier.
  • When dusting a room start from high up and work downwards towards the floor.
  • Dust horizontal surfaces like window sills, blinds, and shelves before vacuuming the floor.
  • Dust regularly at least weekly if possible.
  • For hard-to-reach areas, like ceilings and walls vacuum these areas monthly.
  • Remove dust from upholstered furniture with the upholstery tool of your vacuum cleaner.
  • Rows of books on shelves often get overlooked. Yet are dust magnets. Take all the books out dust the shelves and books before putting them back. (Declutter as you go!).
  • For living plants, the best way of removing dust is to use compressed air. This removes the dust without harming the plant.
  • I use a paintbrush to dust artificial plant leaves and flowers.
  • Clean electronics with a dry micro cloth. Difficult to access areas like keyboards can be cleaned with compressed air from a can, or cleaning gel.
  • Keep your dogs clean with regular grooming and bathing.
  • Keep your home a shoe-free area.
  • Have dirt-grabbing mats on all doors you enter from the outside.

✅ Air Purifier with HEPA Filter

This is an efficient 4-in-1 air purifier for the home. It has a true HEPA filter that reduces up to 99.97% of harmful germs, dust, pollen, and other allergens from the air in your home. Removing particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Here is a simple yet efficient air purifier that will help to protect you from the nasty allergens floating in the air.

This purifier is perfect for your home but is a great option for an office.

Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier with UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust Pet Dander, Mold Odors, Quiet 22 inch 4-in-1 Air Purifier for Home AC4825E

✅Microfiber Washable Duster Removable for Cleaning

Microfiber is a wonderful product that is my top recommendation for regular daily or weekly dusting. Also great for those times when you need to clean up the house in a hurry.

Here in this fluffy head, there are millions of tiny fibers that trap dirt and other particles from surfaces all without chemicals.

The microfiber busting head is easy to un-snap from the durable handle and can then be machine washed.

Sunroom Microfiber Washable Duster Removeable for Cleaning

✅Best Duster for Hard to Reach Places

Perfect for reaching up high to get at those annoying cobwebs etc.

Each Microfiber has a slight positive charge that enables it to attract dust particles from high up on your ceiling fan or blinds.

Very easy to wash after use by hand washing in warm water.

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✅Dusting Mitt

The two-sided Microfiber mitt is great for dusting and polishing all around the home.

It’s machine washable and reusable. The elastic wrist band ensures that this stays on when in use.

Quickie Dusting Mitt, 1-Pack, Blue

✅Cleaning Gel Universal Dust Cleaner for PC Keyboard Cleaning

Do you get annoyed by seeing dust in hard-to-reach places like computer keyboards? Never fear here is a clever solution.

Dust cleaning gel is a versatile product that can be used for cleaning home and office accessories and car interiors. The gel removes dust from the devices by simply kneading the gel and molding it to fit into the areas where dust congregates.

Very satisfying to use and you can reuse the product many times. Just store it in the jar it comes in to stop it from drying out.

160G Cleaning Gel Universal Dust Cleaner for PC Keyboard Cleaning Car Detailing Laptop Dusting Home Office Computer Dust Remover

✅Vacuum Cleaner for Small Crevices

This cordless hand vacuum has powerful suction and is great for regular home cleaning.

This vacuum is practical and easy to use as there is no cord and a bright LED light ensures you can clean up even if your space has no lights.

As a simple way to clean tight spaces in your home and car, this product is a perfect choice!

VacLife Handheld Vacuum, Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, Silver (VL106)

✅Ostrich Feather Duster

The long and wispy feathers on an ostrich feather duster collect dust rather than just move it about.

One advantage to a feathered duster is they leave no electrostatic charge so metal, glass, or plastic surfaces stay clean for longer!

Also, ostrich feathers are so soft and pliable they can wrap around precious objects and remove the dust without scratching or damaging.

Ostrich Feather Duster,Feather Duster Fluffy Natural Genuine Ostrich Feathers with Wooden Handle and Eco-Friendly Reusable Handheld Ostrich Feather Duster Cleaning Supplies, Gray and Brown(Length 16")

Here is a demonstration by the cleaning and organizing guru Fly Lady of the right way to use a feather duster. I bet the majority of people would not realize how versatile and efficient a feather duster can be.

✅Microfiber Duster for Blinds

If you have Venetian-type blinds installed into your home. You will know how difficult it is to keep them dust-free.

This cool little gadget makes dusting your blinds a breeze. It gets between the hard-to-reach blind slats.

Just put the microcloth onto the plastic arms and you are good to go.

When the dust is just a light covering this product is effective when dry. This works well if you are following a weekly home dusting schedule.

However, if you have a thick build-up of dust and dirt then use in conjunction either with a dust spray that is applied to the blind, or slightly dampen the microfiber cloth first.

HIWARE Window Blind Cleaner Duster Brush with 5 Microfiber Sleeves - Blind Cleaner Tools for Window Shutters Blind Air Conditioner Jalousie Dust

✅Microfiber Cloths

My top tip for most weekly dusting around the home is to use microfiber cleaning cloths.

For light dusting either use dry or very slightly damp but not wet.

For a heavy build-up of dust on surfaces consider using a dusting spray or just plain water.

The way microfiber grabs hold of the dust and dirt is nothing short of a miracle.

Here is a pack of 12 clothes that come in 4 different colors. Ideal for zoning your housework. For example red for the bathroom, green for the kitchen.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth,Pack of 12

✅ Dusting Spray

If you use micro cloth or feather dusters then you don’t really need polish.

However, some householders just love to spray this with great abandon.

Someone once said to me that home didn’t feel clean unless it smelt strongly of polish.

Used sparingly polish like this will bring a lovely deep shine to your wooden furniture pieces.

Pledge Multi-Surface Furniture Polish Spray, Works on Wood, Granite, and Leather, Shines and Protects, Lemon, 9.7 oz - Pack of 3

FAQ About Controlling Dust in the Home

How often should I dust my house?

You should dust your home as often as is feasible for you. I usually recommend a light dusting once a week. Then at least once a month, go over everything thoroughly with a duster, taking ornaments and decorations down and moving furniture to access those hard-to-reach places. It’s a good idea to dust more often in high-traffic areas, such as bedrooms hallways, and living rooms.

Is it better to dust before or after vacuuming?

I would always recommend dusting first. Dusting will inevitably send dust particles up into the air which will then gradually float down and settle on your floor. These particles can then be picked up by any efficient vacuum cleaner.

Where is the dust in my house coming from?

Dust is a buildup of various types of microscopic particles. The most common causes of household dust are clothes, furniture, and pets. Other sources can be plants, dead skin, pollen from trees and flowers, cooking flour or spices, paper products such as newspapers and magazines.


As we can see, there are many products that will help you keep the dust down in your home.

A regular routine of dusting the hard surfaces of your home coupled with being careful to keep dust out of the home is the best strategy.

If you have kids and pets, then be prepared for plenty of dusting.

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