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How to remove dust: £1 bathroom item prevents dust ‘build-up’ on wooden surfaces


Our homes tend to be more dusty during the winter months, which has led to an increase in searches for dust-related cleaning tips. In fact, Google searches in the UK for “how to reduce dust in the home” have increased by 250 per cent in the last 90 days, demonstrating that this is a problem many people are experiencing.

However, instead of grabbing the furniture wax and some clothes, there are plenty of household items Brits can use to banish dust.

Ryan McDonough, interior design expert at has shared four expert ways to reduce dust in your home, including using baby oil.

1. Baby oil

Dust is particularly common on wooden surfaces such as shelves, tables and TV stands, but baby oil, which costs just £1, can leave wooden surfaces both “dust-free” and “sparkling”.

Ryan explained, “Just apply a small amount of oil to a polishing cloth and wipe the wood surfaces in a circular motion. Definitely don’t try this on your wood floors as it can make them slippery.”

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Swirl Tumble Dry sheets cost £1.29 from The Range. Lenor cloth tumbler sheets cost £2. Comfort Intense tumbler sheets cost £1.50.

3. Fabric softener

Dust can make glass tables, shelves and surfaces look dirty and unsightly. However, using fabric softener – an item most people have around the house – can prevent dust from building up completely.

In a spray bottle, mix two tablespoons of fabric softener and a cup of water before shaking the bottle.

Spray the mixture onto a cleaning cloth to moisten it and wipe the entire surface.


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This hack should prevent the keg from settling on the glass surface.

Ocado Clear Skies fabric softener costs £1.85. Wilko Spring Skies Concentrated Fabric Conditioner costs £2.50.

4. Use a sock

Dust often collects in places that are difficult to clean, such as the inside of lampshades, blinds and baseboards.

If this happens, try swapping a cleaning cloth for a clean sock, place it over your hand, and wipe every nook and cranny.

You don’t have to buy new socks for this, if you use a clean pair this works perfectly.

A damp microfiber cloth can also be used to remove dust from surfaces.

Microfibre cloths are easy to clean because they are positively charged and attract negatively charged dirt and grease.