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Thread: I thought everyone knew this way to clean under furniture on bare floors.

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    I thought everyone knew this way to clean under furniture on bare floors.

    My neighbor saw me doing this and said she had never seen or thought to do it. I use a big old fashioned long handled ostrich feather duster to sweep the floor underneath hard to reach furniture like behind night stands, chairs, sofa, beds, and end tables. Great time and back saver. I don't have to try to manipulate a broom under there. The feathers go right next to the legs and in tight places.
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    I use a long handled wooly duster to clean under my furniture. the handle even swivels/bends to fit good under things. It is the kind using sheep skin (?) not sure what its called but all I do then is shake it out outside to remove the dust bunnies. I'm so allergic to stuff that dusting is hard for me so I can't use anything that just throws the dust off (like dusting my ceiling fans). HOW CAN CEILING FANS GET SO DUSTY WHEN THEY ARE CONSTANTLY ON? LOL

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    Great idea, I use a dust mop but, don't think it gets into the small areas. I'm going to buy another long handled duster just for that purpose. Some of us have better imaginations and I am limited by mine. I just go around stealing other people's ideas. Thanks for posting this.
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    also a yard stick with an old sock on the end.

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    I have carpet so I have my husband tip the couch up once a month. The dust gets to stay there otherwise. I do love my magnetic fuzzy wand for other dusting. I agree with you Nanamoms on the ceiling fan, why do the blades get so dusty? I try to dust my blades regularly but occasionally have to give them a good scrub to remove stubborn stuff.

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    OH OH OH, I know a trick that keeps dust to a minimum from collecting on ceiling fans. It works!! Spray the blades top and bottom with cheap aerosol hair spray. Let dry. The dust just won't collect and pile up. Our house had lots of ceiling fans and I was constantly having to dust them. A chemist told me about the hairspray when I was complaining about dust in line at Hancock's one day. LOL. I've had them all removed from the house except on the porches. The porch fans are white and this keeps the dust and dirt down so I don't have to clean them much at all.
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    I will definitely try that on my ceiling fans the next time I clean them. I have 3 ceiling fans and I am all for making housework jobs simpler! Thanks Bellaboo!

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    hiarspray on ceiling fans - I'm off to go spray them.

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    Lol the ceiling fan reminded me of a funny (well, sort of) story that happened to one of my closest friends. She was newly married and really wanted to impress the inlaws, so invited everyone over for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a huge shindig, she spent hours cooking up a feast. Laid out her best linens, china & silver, set all the food out very attractively. Everyone filed in and oohed and ahhed, then someone asked if the ceiling fan could be turned on, as it was very warm with all the cooking and warm bodies. So she turned on the fan (which had not been used in months) and watched with horror as little dust bunnies floated down and landed on all the food and everyone's plates.

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    Great ideas!
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    Cleaning?? Under things?? What a concept!! Hahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    OH OH OH, I know a trick that keeps dust to a minimum from collecting on ceiling fans. It works!! Spray the blades top and bottom with cheap aerosol hair spray. Let dry. The dust just won't collect and pile up. Our house had lots of ceiling fans and I was constantly having to dust them. A chemist told me about the hairspray when I was complaining about dust in line at Hancock's one day. LOL. I've had them all removed from the house except on the porches. The porch fans are white and this keeps the dust and dirt down so I don't have to clean them much at all.
    Thank you!!! You have no idea how much that annoys me in the evening when DH and I sit down to enjoy some TV and I look up at the light at the bottom of the ceiling fan and see thick,thick dust. We live in a very windy area which means dust/dirt is always gettin' in the house. Ugghhh. Tomorrow I'm gettin' some aersol hairspray and spraying those puppies like crazy. Guess I will also spray my table fans. You have made my day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    Cleaning?? Under things?? What a concept!! Hahaha!
    You crack me up!

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    My thoughts exactly!
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    Cleaning?? Under things?? What a concept!! Hahaha!

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    I will give the hair spray a try. We have 10' ceilings, and I hate heights. Climbing up the ladder to do that work is always unnerving to me.
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    Can't wait to try the hairspray trick!

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    Love these ideas - thanks for sharing!

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    I used to be in the Hotel trade, besides being a Chef and on taking over a very old Pub/Hotel at Hampton Court I was lucky enough to get two Australian girls on their College "GAP" years. Golly did they teach me how to clean rooms so quickly and thoroughly but two of the tips they gave me I use, and get my Cleaners to use to this day.

    The 1st one is never put bleach down your Toilet, take the top of the water cistern, give it a good clean as it will be full of muck n stuff left from water and then put the bleach directly into the cistern. It cleans all the rims, spray holes etc. and lasts for a few flushes instead of just one!

    The other is absolutely brilliant for laying and getting rid of dust, especially in hot stuffy rooms. Buy a mop bucket and cheap mop, here in the UK we can get ones that the heads can come of and go into the washing machine to be cleaned. Put warm water with a dash of sweet smelling disinfectant, or other smelly stuff, rinse out you mop and wring out till it's just nice and damp but not dripping. Run the mop round the corners and tops of walls to get rid of cobwebs, tops of doors and any wall railings to get rid of dust. Rinse out the mop and leave it a little wetter and run it around your skirting boards and the floor edgings to get rid of dust that the hoover never gets too. Close door and make yourself a nice cool drink, go back into the room and enjoy the fresh fragrant smell. NEVER use the mop for anything else and wash regularly, do try it as it works a dream.

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    Great ideas! I have a ceiling fan in every room of the house, so I will def try the hairspray trick. Also, to keep dust from flying all over when cleaning the fans, place an old pillow case over the blade and drag it off. It will take the dust off and contain it, too. Take it outside, turn it inside out, give it a shake and throw it into the washer.
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    All that work! I just break a hamburger into tiny bits, flick bits under the furniture and when the dog pack is finished just toss the bunch of 'em out into the backyard. If they don't frolic the dust off, give 'em a blast from the garden hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron View Post
    All that work! I just break a hamburger into tiny bits, flick bits under the furniture and when the dog pack is finished just toss the bunch of 'em out into the backyard. If they don't frolic the dust off, give 'em a blast from the garden hose.
    Oh that is the best idea ever, I hope they get good wages

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    Just let your kids crawl under bed in their jammies....that works! LOL
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    You are supposed to sweep under furniture?? lol

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    You would think that hairspray would collect dust! Wow I am going to try that as we live in a real dusty area. If I don't dust every day I can write my name on anything!

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    ROFLOL.....way too funny!

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