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The right dusting tools will help you make the most of your cleaning routine. Designed to trap dust, dander, and other tiny allergens, items like a hand duster, dust mop, ceiling fan duster, air purifier, and more can eliminate dust from places high and low in your home.
Lambswool or feather dusters were once the primary options for dusting tools, but these are being frequently replaced with microfiber alternatives, which are easy to machine-wash. Other options include disposable dusters, like the Swiffer brand of products, which offer the convenience of using a fresh, new duster on a regular basis.
Keep your home looking its best with these top dusting tools.
This wand dusting tool is easy to hold and convenient to wash, making it a great addition to your cleaning kit. The OXO Good Grips Microfiber Duster measures 18 inches long and features a flexible head to swipe up dust in both large spaces and tight corners. This hand duster is easy to keep clean—it unsnaps from the handle and can be machine-washed.
Keep in mind that the fluffy microfibers of this wand duster might snag on rough textures, so it's best for use on smooth surfaces. However, it makes a great washable replacement for traditional feather dusters and is lightweight and easy to maneuver.
Guardsman's dusting cloths do more than your average household rag. Instead of single-use dusters or paper towel that may leave behind fibers, these reusable cloths are a dusting tool you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over again for everything from furniture to baseboards.
Each Guardsman cloth is pre-treated to trap and retain dust, and the cotton flannel material is soft enough to use without worrying about scratching delicate surfaces. The best part is that you don’t need to use any additional sprays or cleaners with these dust cloths, making them a quick and easy standalone dusting tool.
Guardsman recommends rinsing and air drying these cloths after each use. If you're attacking a particularly large mess, you can hand wash them in warm water with mild detergent—just make sure to do this sparingly.
Inhale less dust—and spend less time dusting—with an air purifier that actively filters dust out of the air in any room. The Honeywell HPA300 is one of the most popular air filtration systems and earns lots of praise for its quiet operation and true HEPA filter system, which captures up to 99.97 percent of dust and other particles as small as 0.3 microns. A pre-filter boosts the air filtration abilities of this unit while prolonging the life of the three individual HEPA filters. The clean air delivery rate (CADR) of this unit for dust is 320 and its recommended for use in large rooms up to 465 square feet. It can purify the air up to 5 times every hour.
Four modes of operation and an auto-off timer make it easy to find the setting that maintains optimal air quality for your situation. Keep in mind that the Turbo setting, designed to clear odors quickly, is very loud and may not be ideal for continual use according to our review. The advantage of this powerful air purifier is the active reduction of dust and allergens, which means less time spent dusting to keep dander, pollen, dirt, and more under control.
"After running the purifier overnight in a living room, we awoke the next morning to find the room smelling fresher and one allergy sufferer was significantly less congested. After a few days of continued evening use, the filter showed signs of effectively trapping dust and dog hair." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester
Beat dust bunnies with the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum. This versatile vacuum cleaner gives you plenty of suction power for cleaning floors and furniture but also includes a lift-away canister for capturing dust from harder to reach areas. Featuring HEPA filtration and an anti-allergen complete seal, this vacuum is designed to trap any dust or allergens instead of releasing them back into the air.
Add this powerful dusting tool to your cleaning routine for a quick and thorough way to eliminate dust from floors, carpets, sofas, stairs, and more. Plus, there are no bags to buy—just dispense the XL dust cup into the trash for a quick and easy way to ditch the dust and dirt.
"The crevice tool, which has a narrow suction tube, worked great in tight corners and hard-to-reach areas such as windowsills and furniture ledges. For upholstered household items that are more delicate—like lampshades, window blinds, and drapes, the dusting brush did an excellent job. Since it’s ideal for pet hair and ground-in dirt, we also tried out the pet power brush on the stairs. The small tool had incredibly powerful suction and picked up every dirt particle and loose hair we spotted." —Sage McHugh, Product Tester
It’s no secret that ceiling fans can quickly become dusty—and if you don’t take the steps to dust your fan blades regularly, they can spread dust and allergens around the room. You can avoid this by using a fan-specific dusting tool, like this option from Quickie.
The Quickie Microfiber Ceiling Fan Cleaner features a donut-shaped cleaning head that fits over most average fan blades. The design traps dust particles from the top and bottom of the fan blade at the same time, making it easier to efficiently clean your fan. Plus, the included telescoping handle extends to a full 60 inches, giving this dusting tool plenty of reach without becoming wobbly or unbalanced.
Dusting the blinds can be a tedious task but the right tool can make the job much quicker and easier. This window blind duster features three fingers to efficiently clean multiple slats with one swipe. It’s designed for use on horizontal blinds, mini-blinds, or other slatted wood or vinyl blinds.
The HIWARE Blind Duster includes five reusable and washable microfiber sleeves, ensuring that you always have a clean dusting tool ready to go. Keep in mind that you’ll need to squeeze this dusting tool as you use it to ensure that it captures dust from the top and bottom of the blinds.
Dust mops are one of the simplest dusting tools for floors. This version from O-Cedar uses microfiber and chenille fibers to attract dust, dirt, hair, and other debris. Its flexible head makes it easy to clean floors and swipe baseboards in one motion.
One of the things that makes this dust mop stand out is its removable, machine-washable mop head. Simply toss the microfiber pad in the washer when it becomes dirty, and then allow it to air dry before resuming use. It’s reusable for up to 50 washings before it will need replacement—new mop heads can be purchased from the manufacturer. To extend the life of this dusting tool for floors, shake the mop head vigorously to clean it after light duty cleanings to minimize the frequency of machine washings.
These disposable dusters are excellent at capturing dust and have the added benefit of being cheap enough to use on a regular basis. Each Swiffer Duster is designed to capture and retain dust, dirt, dander, and other super fine particles from your surfaces. Instead of rinsing, washing, and reusing each of these dusters, simply toss it in the trash once it’s full.
Hang onto the reusable handle that is included with this Swiffer Duster Starter Kit and buy a pack of duster refills to keep on hand for quick touch-ups or in-depth dust-busting sessions.
Use Old English Furniture Polish with your favorite dusting tool to restore luster to wood furniture and protect the surface from stains and scratches. The best thing about this dusting polish is the fact that it doesn’t contribute to residue build-up on your furniture or floors. Its light almond smell also won't overpower the room.
This aerosol polish is a faster, easier way to cover large surface areas, like tables, floors, or desks. Simply spray it on and use a soft cloth to wipe. Keep in mind that if you do use it on floors, they can become slippery—so use a light touch with the applicator and wipe up any residual spray.
Erica Puisis has been researching home cleaning products and appliances for The Spruce since 2017 and has written more than 200 articles highlighting practical products that solve everyday challenges. She personally employs an army of Swiffer disposable dusters to keep flat surfaces in her home free of dust and debris. Erica is always surprised by the impressive ability that these dusters have to retain dirt and appreciates that it doesn't go flying around the room, as is the case with some feather dusters.