Cleaning
Mom shares genius cleaning trick for keeping baseboards dust-free
It's easy, effective, and can be used in other places around the house too. I just wish I learned it sooner!
Kathleen Shipman
04.27.23

Let’s face it, cleaning the house can be a tedious chore, especially if you’re wanting it done from top to bottom.

One task that’s not everyone’s favorite is cleaning baseboards. They can be a pain to dust, and that’s on top of having to polish your regular furniture.

Thankfully, there’s help.

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Pixabay - Ulrike Mai

There are places in the home that are notorious for collecting dust. And the annoying part about that is it just keeps on coming.

Fortunately, this cleaning technique from YouTuber “Andrea Jean Cleaning” helps knock it out.

And the best part is that it uses what you already have in your cleaning storage.

This is great for dusty corners up by your ceiling, your sliding door and window tracks, and those pesky baseboards.

YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning
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YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning

All you need is a bucket, warm water, a broom, a piece of cloth, and your favorite fabric conditioner.

Yes, it’s that simple.

First, prepare your cleaning substance.

Fill your bucket with warm water. Then, put a splash or two of the fabric conditioner.

You can use whichever brand you like just as long as it’s easily soluble in water.

YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning
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YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning

Just when you thought fabric conditioners are only for laundry, you’d be pleased to know that you can use them for other things.

Next, prepare your scrubbing equipment.

Soak the cloth into the mix of fabric conditioner and water. Squeeze off the excess water. Then, wrap the cloth around the brush of your broom.

You can use old shirts for this one for easier wrapping.

YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning
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YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning

Then, secure the ends, especially on the rod, with a rubber band.

These are waterproof and easy to use.

Also, with the help of the broom, you won’t need to bend down to reach the boards and the vents, and you won’t need a chair just to get to those hard-to-reach areas.

Now you can start scrubbing off those pesky dust trails.

Press your cloth firmly against the surface you want to clean and wipe it along the length of the board.

You can instantly see the difference and how much dust it gets.

YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning
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YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning

The video even showed the close-up of the baseboards just so you’d see the effect of this simple yet genius cleaning hack.

You can also use it on floor-to-wall corners, furniture surfaces, and when cleaning your vent grates.

So can this really repel dust?

The science is not as exact but if we focus on what fabric softeners do to our clothes, we can take our conclusions from there.

YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning
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YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning

Fabric softeners reduce what we call “static cling”.

Do you know that itchy feeling of your clothes after you washed, rinsed, and tumbled dry them?

It’s the fibers clinging to your skin because of static electricity.

TVs and other electronic appliances can gather dust quickly because they are electrically charged. Same with surfaces that the air flows over every time.

Dust clings to the surfaces like how your clothes do.

Pixabay - Pexels
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Pixabay - Pexels

This simple hack hits multiple birds with one stone.

You can get rid of dust and make your surfaces dust-repellant, while also keeping your place smelling fresh.

Plus, if you use the broom trick, you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees to clean.

YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning
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YouTube Screenshot - Andrea Jean Cleaning

Give this hack a try for yourself and let us know if it worked well for you.

Watch the video below to get a closer look at how it’s done!

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By Kathleen Shipman
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Kathleen Shipman is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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