This Includes Dusting Furniture, Knickknacks, Blinds, Walls, Computers, Keyboards, You Name It
|Standard 4-inch wide paintbrush.|
The thing lasts "forever". This one is several years old.
Buy and use a new, soft-bristle, 4-inch wide paint brush at your local hardware store. The bristles move around every crevice or other item part and gets into every nook, cranny, and corner of wherever you are dusting. And it will absolutely never scratch or nick anything.
This method is 10 times better than using water, olive oil, dryer sheets, feather dusters or any of the other so-called dusting tools or ideas I’ve read about. And it is certainly a lot better than the whole vacuuming adventure.
I actually learned this trick from a guy that repaired electronic circuit boards. Before making repairs, he would use a brush to clean off all the dust that had accumulated on them over the years. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.
Especially excellent for cleaning computer keyboards, keypads, cellphones, car instrument panels and dashboards, and the tops and fronts of pretty much any electronic device.
So, that’s about it. The ever-flexible paint brush. And maybe only doing a little bit of dusting a day at most, as opposed to the usual 1-hour, weekly project.
And a Personal Note for Those of Us Who Are Slobs
|A little dust never hurt anybody...|
Dusting just isn't worth it to me, but I found a way to deal with it.
Seriously, dusting furniture and all the stuff sitting on it just isn’t worth my time. Same with dusting anything else. I mean so what if there’s some dust here and there?
However, I’ve come up with a solution so that I’m not a total slob. That paint brush is handy indeed.
I simply dust only one area or a few items at a time and only when I feel like it. I do it as a way to take a break from doing something else. So in a sense, it’s zero additional labor. In fact, now that I think about it, I pretty much do and use all housework as a break from whatever regular work or project I was doing.
The result? The place stays more than just functionally clean.
A Note About Spider WebsLeave alone those spiderwebs aka cobwebs in those remote ceiling corners and other out of the way places. They do wonders for getting rid of flies, plant gnats, fruit flies, and the occasional invading, indoor mosquito.
|Now admittedly this is a bit much.|
Of course, when the more exuberant spiders start building barricades across doorways and such, then it’s time to break out the broom.
But other than that, it really is ok to pretty much leave them be. However, getting rid of the spider webs in your bedroom is a good idea. You don’t want to be dive-bombed in the middle of the night.
And of course, if a black widow or its kin comes along… Sorry, little dude, banishment or death. If you decide banishment; use a broom or brush and a big, paper grocery bag or other large container to capture him; the farther away you take him, the better. Sweeping or brushing him into a dustpan and then trying to take him outside is not a good idea. The little critters can move faster than you think.
As a side note, here's a page on vinegar and baking soda cleaning and other uses.