If you have dust lining up left and right, or just want to protect your place from nasty dirt, here are ten more hacks to become dustproof.
And here are the first ten.
By removing the dust that settles on bulbs, the light becomes brighter, and you save energy.
Unscrew your light bulbs and rub it a few seconds with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. They’ll find their transparency like new.
Clean the interior of a fireplace
Chimney soot is difficult to remove. Poorly cleaned, it deposits a thick layer of dust and deposits on furniture and walls. To avoid dealing with that, try our vinegar-based recipe.
After getting rid of any ashes in the fireplace, prepare a mix of one liter of hot water with three glasses of white vinegar. Scrub the walls with a stiff brush dipped in the mixture. Rinse with clean water using a sponge. Repeat if necessary. Finally, wipe any excess water using paper towels so as not to leave the stone too wet.
Dust indoor plants
If your indoor plants are marred by dust, you can actually clean them with a surprising ingredient to bring back their splendor.
Dust off the smooth leaves of your plants with a cloth soaked in beer. The drink is actually full of nutrients. Brighter and more slippery, dust will be deposited less.
Dust metal objects
Dusting metal objects without scratching, it’s actually pretty easy.
The ideal is of course using a shammy. If don’t however, an old “floured” cloth will replace it just fine. This trick can transform old rough fabric into a very soft tool that dusts effectively without damaging metal. A little dusting to finish off any any excess flour will disappear.
Clean a computer keyboard
A computer keyboard is the ultimate nest of dust and bacteria. To clean this accessory, all you need is a little bit of technique.
First off, turn it upside down and shake any loose dirt. You can also do this over a piece of paper to catch any dust. Then, with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol, wipe the keys. Recover any lasting dust between keys with a cotton swab or a small soft brush.
Dust the top of the shelves
When you try to clean shelves with a cloth or feather duster, it often raises a cloud of dust more than anything else. To avoid this, recycle your socks.
Use an old damp sock to “glove” your hand. You’ll easily be able to wipe away your shelves clean, and leave your hands well protected.
Dust a potpourri
If you’ve ever used a potpourri in your home, then you know they quickly have dust buildup. More problematic, it is almost impossible to wipe them away clean without risking damaging the potpourri itself. The solution is water vapor.
To dust a potpourri without breaking it, drop it in a colander. In a separate saucepan, bring water to a boil. Then place the colander over the boiling water for a few minutes. Gently shake your potpourri over your sink to drain. Once dry, it will be dusted off and refreshed as if by magic.
Restore a carpet’s luster
Dust can easily settle in your carpet, making it dull and susceptible to parasites. Here’s how to take care of your carpet with some tea leaves.
If you carpet is light in colors (white or beige), you can sprinkle the wet tea leaves on it. While drying out (about 20 minutes), the tea leaves will absorb the encrusted dust. Sweep the carpet to remove the dried tea, and sprinkle some baking soda (enough to cover the carpet with a very thin layer). This will clean up the carpet and avoid parasites. Let it stand for about 15 minutes, then vacuum. Finally, sprinkle the carpet with some sparkling water, and brush the parking while still wet. The bubbles will finish off any remnants of dirt and revive colors. Use your vacuum cleaner to remove any loosened dust.
Dust pipes effectively
Cleaning pipes is quite a hassle, with the vacuum cleaner not always enough.
To remove the biggest portion of dust, use the brush of your vacuum cleaner along the entire length of the pipe.
When you’re tweaking the pipe, use a cloth slightly moistened. You can also use feather dusters that naturally attract dust.
Grab a sponge, a bucket and some soap. Fill the bucket with some warm water. If you only have a bar of soap, cut it into shavings with a vegetable peeler so it dissolves faster, then mix with your warm water. Soak your sponge and rub it along the entire length of the pipe. This will prevent dust to no redeposit immediately.