Nobody likes a dusty home. Firstly, it can trigger allergic reactions (1). Secondly, it’s pretty unsightly. And lastly, it can actually cause damage to your furniture.
It’s crucial to dust regularly to make sure that your home is clean and safe, for you, your family and your favorite furniture.
In this guide, we’ll share our top 10 best dusting tools. This list ranges from sprays, cloths, as well as products for specific surfaces, such as blinds.
Whatever you’re in the market for, our recommendations will help you minimize the dust in your home!
Why Is Dusting Important?
We know that dusting isn’t the most exciting job, but when it’s done, it’s very satisfying. Plus, there are a few main reasons why dusting should be a priority in your home.
First, have you ever heard of dust mites? They’re tiny little bugs that can actually live in and feed on dust (2). Their waste is what triggers allergic reactions. Dust mites can especially infest your bed, worsening your allergies at night.
Second, dust doesn’t look very nice. When you have guests over, and they sweep their finger along the mantelpiece, it can be super embarrassing if they pick up a ton of dust. Dusting keeps your home looking neat and tidy.
Dust can also harm your health (3). In the home, it’s unlikely it will hurt your internal organs. But it can definitely irritate your skin and eyes, especially when the dust is airborne.
Finally, dust can damage your furniture and floors. Dust can scratch and scuff up your furniture, especially wooden pieces. So those hardwood floors and your antique desk? Dust them regularly.
Types of Dusting Tools
When it comes to dusting tools, there are lots to choose from. Some are more practical in specific areas, such as mops for floors. However, if you have a certain preference, are lacking on storage space, or just want to try something new, there are plenty of options.
Dust cloths are a common dusting tool.
- Lots of options.
- They are durable.
- Machine washable.
- Pick up lots of dust particles.
- Not good for high places.
- Some companies make poor quality cloths.
Dusters are probably what you think of when you picture the dusting chore. While these are somewhat old-fashioned, they’re great tools!
- They come in a range of materials, including microfiber, lambs wool, feather and more.
- Good for reaching high places and tight corners.
- Certain ones are machine washable.
- Lighter dusters are gentle, so you don’t have to rearrange ornaments.
- Lambswool and feathers aren’t machine washable.
- Feather dusters may move dust around rather than pick it up.
- You may knock ornaments or objects over.
Dust mops are specifically for floors. They’ll pick up dust on various floor types, protecting your floors from scratches and scuffs.
- Suitable for all floor types (depends on the brand).
- No bending or kneeling down to dust.
- Easy to use.
- Can often double as a wet mop.
- Handles can be flimsy, too long, or too short — depending on your height.
- Most are not suitable for furniture, windowsills, and other surfaces.
There are many disposable options on the market. While these aren’t good for the environment, they may be more desirable for people with allergies. You can simply toss the dusting tool into the trash, rather than leaving it in the washing basket for a while, where the dust mites could continue to breed.
- Good for travelling.
- Available as dusters, wipes and other forms.
- Many scented options.
- Good for quick dusting jobs.
- You can dispose of the dust in the trash, rather than the cloth sitting in the laundry basket for a while.
- More expensive over time.
- Not good for the environment.
- Always have to restock.
This is a quick way to get your dusting done, ensuring that your furniture is clean, dust free and polished. Just shake, spray and wipe.
- Convenient spray bottle.
- Scented options.
- Dust, cleans, and polishes.
- Many are suitable for multiple surfaces.
- May contain harsh chemicals.
- Sometimes the smell is overwhelming.
This is a quick, chemical-free, way to remove dust from certain objects. It’s ideal for electronics. Keep in mind that it doesn’t collect the dust. Instead, it blows it somewhere else.
- Easy to use.
- Protects electronics from dust damage.
- Removes dust.
- Blows dust elsewhere.
- Not good for families with allergies.
How to Choose the Best Dusting Tool
What details should you consider when shopping for your dusting tool?
Consider what surfaces you’re going to be cleaning. Is it the floor, wooden surfaces, laminate surfaces, fabric surfaces? Depending on the surface, you’ll want to shop accordingly.
Consider the material of the tool. Microfiber is a great option as it picks up a lot of dust, traps it in, and then it’s machine washable. However, you can also get feather, lambswool and other materials.
If you’re on a budget, dusting cloths are the cheapest option. But if you have a little extra money to spend, a dusting mop is ideal if you’ve got hard floors you need to sweep.
Ease of Use
Consider how easy the product will be to use. For example, microfiber cloths aren’t easy to use on high shelves, blinds or fans. Dust mops aren’t always easy for folks that can’t stand for a long time. Consider your dusting job, as well as your ability, when shopping for dusting tools.
Lastly, consider the ingredients in your dusting tool. For example, dusting sprays may contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin, eyes or cause headaches.
Cloths and dusters are safe to use, as they don’t contain harsh chemicals. Dust mops are also great! Lastly, you can use a vacuum — to dust your floors, and other nooks and crannies — which is, of course, non-toxic.
The Best Dusting Tools of 2020
Now that you know what to look for in your dusting tools, let’s get into our list of the best 10. We’ve put together this list after hours of researching expert advice, customer reviews, as well as applying our own experience from years of dusting!
1. SimpleHouseware Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
If you’re on the hunt for dusting cloths, you can’t beat the SimpleHouseware microfiber cloths.
This 20 pack of cloths has four different colors, so you can ensure no cross-contamination between rooms or jobs. For example, use the orange ones for dusting, yellow for cleaning the bathroom, blue for dishes and green for miscellaneous jobs.
These cloths are super soft and non-abrasive. They’ll protect even your most delicate surfaces. When you are finished, toss them in the wash with other microfiber items, wash in cool water with no fabric softener, and air dry.
We love that these work as wet cloths, too. They’re perfect for picking up spills and wiping down wet surfaces. The super absorbent material will leave no trace of liquid behind, providing you with a super clean home.
- Great at picking up dust and trapping it.
- 20 packs, four different colors.
- Soft and non-abrasive.
- Works great when wet, too.
- May shrink after the first wash.
|How to Use||Wipe surfaces, wet or dry|
2. Turbo Microfiber Dust Mop
The Turbo Microfiber Dust Mop is the perfect dusting tool for cleaning hardwood floors. However, it does work on other surfaces, such as tile, ceilings, furniture and even outdoor areas. In fact, you can take this to your windows or your car’s interior!
This mop will remove dust, pet hair and other debris. It’s basically a microfiber broom, expelling every bit of dust and dirt from your home. However, you can use it as a wet mop, too!
It’s gentle and effective on all hardwood floor types, including oak, maple, walnut, ash and more.
This product comes with microfiber pads that have a lock and trap feature. This ensures that no dust or hair will come loose and spread throughout the room. We love that these are gentle enough to ensure no scratches or scuffs on your hardwood floors.
- 360° swivel head.
- Lock and trap technology.
- Works on all surfaces.
- Wet and dry mop.
- Velcro is a bit weak.
- The handle is thin and flimsy.
|Type||Microfiber cloth dust mop|
|How to Use||Attach pad, sweep floors|
3. OXO Good Grips Microfiber Hand Duster
In our opinion, every household needs a good duster. With the Oxo Good Grips Duster, you can ensure that every corner of your house is well attended!
It’s good for tight corners, underneath furniture, general dusting and reaching high places. However, if you have super high ceilings, or aren’t very tall, this might not be suitable for curtain rails, fans, lamps and shelves.
The main reason we love this duster is that it traps and locks in dust without the use of any harsh chemicals. It doesn’t sweep dust around your home. If you’re sensitive to dust, this is a must-have as it completely eliminates the dust.
It has a flexible body so you can bend it into tight corners or underneath furniture. When you’re done using it, unsnap the head and wash it as per the manufacturer’s advice.
Lastly — enjoy the soft and comfortable handle which makes this easy to grip and use around the house.
- Captures and locks in dust.
- No harsh chemicals.
- Flexible head for getting into tight spaces.
- Comfortable handle.
- May need to be washed after every use.
- Red fibers shed if they get caught on something.
|Surface||Any — but may get caught on textured surfaces|
|How to Use||Sweep across dusty surfaces|
4. Better Life Natural Wood Polish
Shake, spray and wipe. It’s that easy to use a dusting spray, such as the Better Life Natural Wood Polish.
This dust-defying wood polish, available in a lavender and cinnamon scent, can clean and protect your favorite wood furniture. Plus, it’s safe for the whole family, kids and pets included.
The spray gets rid of dust and fingerprints. Simply spray it, then wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Enjoy the beautiful shine this spray leaves behind, without a nasty waxy buildup.
The ingredients are 100 percent derived from natural sources, such as corn and coconut. Plus, it’s naturally scented.
This spray is suitable for all wood surfaces from furniture, to shelves, to countertops, to cabinets. Enjoy a dust-free home with this all-natural spray!
- Nice, natural scent.
- Leaves a nice shine.
- Gets rid of dust and fingerprints.
- May leave a streaky finish.
- Difficult to buff without leaving a cloudy finish.
|How to Use||Shake, spray, wipe|
|Scent||Cinnamon and lavender|
5. BOOMJOY Telescoping Duster
The Boomjoy telescoping duster reaches heights of 100 inches. The handle can be extended from 31.9 inches. So no matter what heights you’ve got to reach, this duster can help. It’s especially good at reaching the top of bookshelves, cabinets and curtain rails.
The microfiber head is flexible. Give it a slight bend to make sure that it sits perfectly on top of surfaces, swiping up every last bit of dust. Plus, it is slightly static to help attract dust and lock it into place.
In fact, this head can be twisted at a 360-degree angle which is perfect for wrapping around things like table legs or wooden bed frames, quickly tackling dust in one quick sweep. Keep in mind that customers notice the head spins quite a bit which is a bit inconvenient.
When you need to wash the head, run it under some cold water and let it air dry.
- 100-inch telescoping pole.
- Durable microfiber.
- Static helps to attract dust.
- 360-degree flexibility.
- Gets dusty quite quickly.
- The head spins.
|How to Use||Extend, bend and wipe|
6. Microfiber Dusting Glove
If you need to get into super tight nooks and crannies, this microfiber glove is a product to try! Just wear it like a normal glove, and sweep your hand in tight spaces, letting the microfiber attract the dust.
This glove has a natural positive static charge to attract dust and allergens, before locking them into place. The long soft fibers keep the dust and lint trapped so that it doesn’t spread around the room. Plus, using your fingers helps you to get into tight spaces, around objects and into corners. Blinds, raised ledges on cabinets, furniture legs, and even plants!
When you’re done, wash it with regular detergent, cold water and no fabric softener.
The brand claims that this glove, plus water, can remove 99 percent of bacteria, mold, pollen and other contaminants. Of course, to truly disinfect, you’ll need to use a disinfectant in the washing cycle.
- Great for tight spaces.
- Removes bacteria, mold and dust.
- Machine washable.
- Long fibers trap dust.
- Doesn’t fit all hand sizes.
- May leave lint behind.
|How to Use||Wear and wipe surfaces|
7. Ettore Microfiber Ceiling Fan Duster
Ceiling fans can harbor a lot of dust. When you turn the fan on, this can spread around the room. So it’s very important you keep on top of your dusting. For that, we recommend the Ettore Microfiber Fan Duster.
It has a folded design to grip onto the ceiling fan blades. The contoured shape is designed for standard blades. The soft microfiber bristles help to remove dust, lint and other debris without spreading it around the room or dropping onto the floor.
The sleeve can be removed and machine washed, making it reusable and eco-friendly. As for the handle, it can be extended up to 59 inches which is perfect for shorter people and high ceilings.
Overall, this makes cleaning your ceiling fans an absolute breeze! If you do this regularly, it’ll only take a few seconds to zap all the dust away.
- Contoured fit to clean ceiling fans.
- Microfiber bristles trap dust and lint.
- Extendable handle.
- Easy to use.
- Won’t clean greasy fans.
- Lacks flexibility.
|Type||Microfiber fan duster|
|How to Use||Wipe over fans using contoured shape|
8. MiracleWipes for Wood Surfaces
The MiracleWipes are great if you want to quickly wipe down wood surfaces, and dispose of the contaminated cloth. This is preferable for people with extreme allergies. The cloth won’t be sitting in your washing basket for a while, where the dust mites could continue to grow.
These wipes are suitable for all wood surfaces including windowsills, tables, chairs, bookshelves and much more. You can even use them on your floors!
They don’t just pick up dust though. They help to remove scratches, paw prints, scuffs, grime, sticky spills and much more. No matter what kind of wood you have, take one of these wipes to it and watch the miracle happen.
This product does not contain phosphates but it does contain other ingredients that are potentially toxic (4). However, when used properly, these cloths are safe.
- Disposable, to avoid cross contamination in the wash.
- Suitable for all wood surfaces.
- Removes dust, scratches and grime.
- Easy to use.
- Not completely natural ingredients.
- May leave behind a streaky or lint residue.
|Toxic||Contains non-natural ingredients|
|How to Use||Wipe over surface, then dispose|
9. EZ Spares Vacuum Cleaner Brush
Dust can build up anywhere including your furniture: couches, chairs, shelves, tables and much more. This vacuum cleaner brush is the perfect way to remove dust from a multitude of surfaces.
It fits on most vacuums, as long as it takes a 1.25-inch attachment. Once it’s attached, turn on the vacuum and get to dusting. You can use this on couches, ceiling fans, floors, in tight corners and anywhere else the nozzle will fit. It has a brush feature as well to make sure it doesn’t scratch or damage your surfaces.
You can also change the angle of the brush. This flexibility option makes it a total breeze to get into challenging corners. Once you’ve chosen your angle, lock it into place so that it doesn’t move while you’re cleaning.
In fact, it can be placed anywhere from a 45-degree angle to a full 180! Plus, this attachment is quite budget-friendly. As long as you have the right size vacuum, we definitely recommend this.
- Fits most vacuum cleaners.
- Works on multiple surfaces, including furniture.
- Good for tight corners.
- Flexible angles.
- It doesn’t fit every vacuum cleaner.
|Surface||All, including furniture|
|How to Use||Attach to vacuum, angle nozzle, turn vacuum on|
10. HIWARE Window Blind Cleaner
Unsure of how to effectively clean your blinds? The answer is: the Hiware Window Blind Cleaner. This duster has three blades that fit between the blinds, dusting the top and bottom in one fine sweep.
This saves you tons of time. No more faffing around with cleaning each blind individually with a cloth or duster. Just pop on the cloth, insert it into the blinds and pull across. When you’re finished, you can remove the cloth and machine wash it.
The duster is made of high-quality polyethylene. It’s durable and sturdy enough to last a while. And the microfiber cloth can pick up dust, trap it and prevent it from spreading around.
The pack comes with five cloths so you can switch them out if they get too full with dust.
Keep in Mind
- Speeds up dusting time on blinds.
- Specially fitted to clean the top and bottom of curved blinds.
- High-quality materials.
- Washable sleeves.
- Not suitable for straight or big blinds.
- Does not provide a deep clean. Best for light dusting.
|Type||Blind cleaner with microfiber|
|How to Use||Clean three blinds at once|
|SimpleHouseware Microfiber Cleaning Cloth||Dusting Cloth||All||Microfiber cloth||None|
|Turbo Microfiber Dust Mop||Hardwood||All||Microfiber cloth dust mop||None|
|OXO Good Grips Hand Duster||Duster||All except textured surfaces||Microfiber duster||None|
|Better Life Natural Wood Polish||Dusting Spray||Wood surfaces||Spray||Cinnamon & lavender|
|BOOMJOY Telescoping Duster||High-Reaching||All||Microfiber duster||None|
|Microfiber Dusting Glove||Tight Surfaces||All||Microfiber glove||None|
|Ettore Ceiling Fan Duster||Fans||Ceiling fans||Microfiber fan duster||None|
|MiracleWipes for Wood Surfaces||Disposable||Wood surfaces||Disposable wipe||Mild scent|
|EZ Spares Vacuum Cleaner Brush||Furniture||All, including furniture||Vacuum attachment||None|
|HIWARE Window Blind Cleaner||Blinds||Blinds||Blind cleaner||None|
How to Reduce Dust at Home
Even though dusting is more fun with these tools, nobody wants to dust every few days. So how can you reduce dust at home?
- Declutter: When you have less clutter, there’s less place for dust to settle and stick.
- No shoes: Don’t wear your shoes in the house. Take them off at the door, or invest in a good quality door mat.
- Change bedding weekly: You should be cleaning your bedsheets weekly anyway, but doing so will also help minimize dust.
- Clean your closets regularly: Because you store stuff in here for months at a time, you might forget to dust in here. So make sure to clean your closets regularly, to prevent clouds of dust escaping every time you open your closet.
- Top to bottom: When dusting, start with the higher areas like curtain rails, shelves and bookcases. That way, if dust settles on the ground, you pick it up when you clean the bottom areas of your home.
- Air purifier: Invest in an air purifier. Air purifiers can remove dust from your home, along with other particles, which is ideal for people with allergies.
- Vacuum regularly: We recommend vacuuming once to twice a week to tackle dust and debris. This can protect your surfaces as well as help with allergies.
- Groom your pets: If you have furry friends, groom them regularly. Their soft coats can carry lots of dust, so give their hair a brush every few days.
- Clean the vents: Clean your air ducts and vents. Lots of dust gets trapped in here and then blown through the house.
Tips for Dusting
Once your new dusting tool arrives, what is the best way to use it? Here are some top dusting hacks and tips you should keep in mind.
- Vacuum or dust from top to bottom. This ensures you pick up any fallen dust when it lands on the floor.
- Tackle baseboards. This is often something we forget, but a wet microfiber cloth can pick up dust on baseboards.
- Dust your electronics. Dust settles in these nooks and crannies, and dusting them can prevent allergic reactions while you’re using them.
- Use your long-handled duster to get behind appliances and furniture.
- Keep your windows closed while you’re dusting to prevent air flow from blowing dust all around.
- If using a spray, don’t go overboard. A little goes a long way, and too much could damage your surfaces.
- Don’t skip the walls! Use your duster or cloth to wipe your walls in a top to bottom fashion.
- When dusting delicate ornaments, you might find that these tools don’t work perfectly. Simply dampen a paintbrush and gently run that over your delicate pieces to dust them.
- While you’re dusting, give your plants a good clean. Plants need to be clean to photosynthesize properly, and a layer of dust is not helpful (5).
Done and Dusted
Now that you know the importance of dusting, any of these best dusting tools can help you tackle this household chore. There are lots of options on the market, so make sure to shop by your surface type. For example, if you’re looking to dust your blinds, choose a microfiber product especially designed for that purpose.
We also recommend getting something with a telescoping handle if you have high ceilings. This can help you reach into high corners, on top of shelves and into various other nooks and crannies.
Whatever you choose, make sure to dust from top to bottom. This helps you get the deepest clean of your home, which is super important if anybody has dust mite allergies in your home.