10 Handy Dusting Tips!


I take time each week to review all the comments on our YouTube channel, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc.  There are a copious amount of requests for dusting cheats.  Here are 10 quickies that will cut your cleaning time and most of them won’t cost you much.  I’m all about figuring out shortcuts that will not affect the outcome of the task, or better yet, improve upon it altogether.

So in no particular order, here you go:

10 – Ceiling fans and light fixtures – use a bendable duster to do this, you won’t need a ladder (unless you have really high ceilings), you can bend to suit any light configuration (including a ceiling fan, just bend 90 degrees), and you can remove the cover and machine wash.  I got this one at Wal Mart and it cost me under 8 bucks.

9 – Corners, moldings  and door frames – spiderwebs and dust aplenty here.  This area usually goes ignored, but here’s the laziest, easiest way to do it.  Grab a mop pole and old sport sock, flip the sock inside out and place over the end of the mop pole.  Now, you’ve got an amazing high-duster!  You can also use microfiber cloth secured around the pole with an elastic band.

8 – Walls – we get asked this a lot.  I personally don’t dust my walls, but if it is something that needs to be done, you can simply use a flat head mop (like a Swiffer) and use a Microfiber cloth sprayed with a bit of water.  No need to use an expensive product here!  Simply work the tool up and down the wall using a ‘W’ pattern to save time and energy and to ensure you are covering the entire space.

7 – Bathroom vents – these get super dusty – they run for a long time and suck up tons of dust.  The next time you’re cleaning, use your vacuum with brush attachment to suck up the dust.  Now, your vents won’t look like those of a mechanic’s shop.

6 – Baseboards – revert to trick # 9, use a mop pole with a cloth or old sock attached to it, lightly sprayed.  No more bending down, no more tough work.  This makes the job so much easier and also allows you to access hard-to-reach areas like behind furniture.

5 – Delicate items – to clean ornaments, antique pieces, silk flowers or small delicate trinkets, lightly mist a small paintbrush and use that to do detailed dusting.

4 – Dust in the right direction – dust is like snow; it falls from the top to the bottom.  So, when dusting, start with the highest items and work your way down to the lowest.  If you don’t, you’ll have to repeat your work.  Another good thing to keep in mind is to work in a spiral formation – working clockwise tackle all four corners and mouldings, then move down and dust all tops of frames, etc, lower again to dust all table tops and finally all baseboards.  Then vacuum.  Do you see how this allows no dust to fall on an already cleaned area?

3 – Use microfiber cloths – I’ve been spouting off about them for years.  I can’t understand why you would dust with anything else – it makes you spend more time cleaning!  A microfiber cloth is electrostatically charged, meaning it literally attracts dust.  It is also highly absorbent so it can last longer during your cleaning task.  They won’t leave lint or dust behind and leave surfaces streak-free.

2 – Clean your ducts every 5 years.  That’s a huge source of dust and allergens and if you have had renovations recently or have lived in the house after someone else has, this is the ultimate form of dusting.  A vehicle will come by and vacuum your vents out, leaving no residual dust in the home environment due to dirty vents.

1 – To vacuum delicate areas or areas where you can’t see, vacuum with a pantyhose covered dust brush.  The nozzle can now collect dust while using a dust brush without running the risk of sucking up valuables or items you don’t want vacuumed up!

Hope that has helped you – what are your dusting tips?

Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. My sister in law taught me to clean up my kitchen first then do a main bathroom. When those two rooms are clean , then do what you can in the rest of the house. I always find if I leave my kitchen for last I’m either too worn out to finish it , or , someone inevididably comes over while its a big mess. This way my kitchen is always ready for “company” . We never sit in the living room anyway….

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this nice post. The next time you’re cleaning, use your vacuum with brush attachment to suck up the dust. Now, your vents won’t look like those of a mechanic’s shop.

  3. The worst place to clean in my house is a deep(two and a half feet deep), triangular shaped wall niche that is really high (the bottom of the niche is about ten feet up the wall). I can reach high places; and I can find cleaning tools that bend for things like ceiling fans. But I can’t reach the height and depth of this niche, even on a ladder. Help!

  4. Fake flowers dusty?

    Put them in a brown paper bag with a handful of uncooked rice and close up the bag. Shake for a minute and your flowers will be clean.

  5. Allergens from house dust mites are significant triggers for both sensitization of children to asthma and for causing asthma attacks. Given that allergen avoidance is key to the management of asthma, it is important to know what measures to take in reducing the burden of house dust mite allergen in your home environment if you have a child with asthma or want to prevent the condition from developing.

  6. With the proper techniques, tools and tips we can keep all that dust in check, and our house healthy and shiny..These are some great tips and will be very helpful with my cleaning!

  7. These tips were great and will be very helpful for my team of cleaners! I also like to make sure to to dust the headboards, foot-boards, and running boards of beds… Dust sure likes to gather on them. I’ve also found that when dusting a ceiling fan, a place that is often not thought of is the top of the fan(not the blades), but the top of the housing and motor area of the fan can hold a great deal of dust!


  8. Loved them all. Yes, the ducts are a major reason for abnormal dust. Vacumn also the return vents.
    Thanks for reminding me about the best duster…microf. cloths.

  9. Hi Mellissa. Thanks to you and your fabulous cleaning videos, I am not only saving money but find cleaning a whole lot easier and effective. One question I have is this…when dusting and cleaning a living room or dining area (where I have several small ornaments, vases, and other decorative pieces), do you suggest using the microfiber cloth damp (sprayed with your all purpose cleaner), or simply use the microfiber cloth alone. Thank you!

  10. Hi Melissa. I was wondering what you thought about Swiffer products. Are they as effective as microfiber towels? Thanks 🙂

  11. Hi Melissa! I didn’t see a space or a link to submit a general question so I’m assuming I can do that here!

    Question – what is the easiest way to clean marks, markers and sharpies off a wall that has flat paint?



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