Updated: Jul 21
There are some household items and furnishings that attract more dust than others. Although it may seem like there’s nothing you can do to stop the accumulation, there are in fact secret ways!
Wall to wall carpet is the worst dust collector in our homes. If possible, replace with wood, cork, tile, or non-vinyl linoleum. Throw rugs are a great alternative. Otherwise, vacuum carpets frequently. Get into the corners, along the floorboards and move furniture to reach every dust bunny. Also, look at how much dust is being tracked in. You may need a shoes-off policy or at the very least, doormats to wipe your shoes.
Couch throw cushions and pillows are also great dust collectors.Limit the number of pillows you have just lying around. Be sure to vacuum them regularly, or shake them outside to get rid of the dust.
Knickknacks and Prizes
Knickknacks, tchotchkes and trophies also attract dust, especially if they’re not cleaned regularly. If they get sticky with dirt and grime, they attract even more dust! Do remember to clean and buff these items regularly during your cleaning routine. Also clutter is a natural dust collector.
These are one of the worst dust collectors on our list!!
They should be cleaned weekly, whenever possible and especially during the warmer seasons when windows are open. Use a damp microfibre cloth or dampen an old mismatched sock (finally a good use for it!) and use it to wipe away dust on each blind. It’s time consuming, but well worth it.
Shiny Dark Surfaces
Dust is attracted to shiny dark surfaces, which is why the TV always looks dusty. It’s also very visible on those surfaces. Be sure to dust regularly and wipe surfaces with a slightly damp microfiber cloth.
To clean dust from ceiling fans, all you need is a pillowcase. Yep, that's all! Simply put a pillowcase over the blade and then slide it off. It’ll trap dust and debris inside of the case. Now all you have to do is toss the dirty pillowcase in the laundry bin. Quick and easy!