These Clever Dusters Will Make Cleaning Your Blinds Way Faster & Way Less Of A Chore

by Margeaux Baulch Klein

Cleaning the blinds on your windows is a tedious but necessary chore, since, according to studies, having too much dust in your home can be a potential source of health problems, like allergies and skin irritations. Fortunately, the best dusters for blinds makes the task of cleaning blinds a quicker and more efficient process.

Unlike regular feather dusters that simply move dust around from one spot to another, the best dusters for blinds are typically made of microfiber material that helps better trap the dust. Not only are these types of dusters reusable, they are often designed to cover more surface area at a time. There are even dusters with extension poles for window blinds that are too high to reach.

For heavy dust or if you want an especially deep cleaning, you may want to combine a duster with a cleaning spray to better target and remove stuck-on dust.

Keep in mind that when you dust blinds it's best to start from the top and work your way down. That way, dust from higher up doesn't drop down on freshly cleaned blinds and undo your cleaning. With that said, take a look below at the best dusters for blinds you can buy.

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The Overall Best Duster For Blinds

You won't find a duster that's better suited to cleaning blinds than this Hiware brush. Its unique design allows you to clean the top and bottom of two separate standard-size blinds simultaneously. This makes it far quicker to clean than if you had to clean every slat individually.

The handle is made of a plastic that attaches to a microfiber, multi-strip fabric sleeve. Plus, for convenience, there are four additional microfiber sleeves that you can swap in and out of the handle. The sleeves are also reusable and safe to machine wash.

This tool can also be used to clean wooden, plastic, or metal slats, as well as air vents in your house and your car. It can also be used with shutter-style blinds, but Amazon users report it may just take a few extra swipes. "I had to do one slat at a time as it cannot grab two," writes one. "Still very effective."

Helpful review: “I love this product! It works fantastic! I am a housekeeper for several private homes. My least favorite job is cleaning window blinds. I have used about every method there is, but the job is still very time consuming. The main reason it takes so long is you must clean each and every slat separately to do the job right. Not any more! With this product you can clean two slats at once and it cleans them the first swipe. The microfiber is the key to getting all the dust and the design of the product makes it super easy! PLUS this tool can be used on different types of blinds because it is flexible. I have used it on wooden shutters, plastic vertical patio door blinds, and horizontal metal 'mini' blinds."


A Pair Of Reusable Cleaning Gloves

With these EvridWear microfiber dusting gloves, cleaning blinds has never been easier. You simply put them on and run your hands over the blinds to trap dust and dirt. Using your fingers to clean crevices and nooks of slat can be more efficient than using a conventional duster that might miss those spots. The gloves are also reusable, safe to machine-wash, and come in several sizes. And, to top it all off, fans praise this pick for its ability to quickly dust nearly everything else in their homes, including picture frames, bookshelves, and baseboards.

The only downside to this option is that you are only able to dust as far as your arms allow you to reach.

Helpful review: “I have many windows in my classroom that have vinyl blinds. They can be a pain to clean. I’ve tried the fluffy wands and the pinching sponged type things of all brands. They either send dust flying everywhere or are so tediously time consuming that I gave up. I found these gloves randomly while on Amazon. These are the answer to my dust-free blinds dream. They are easy to use, wash well, don’t kick up dust everywhere, and fit my thick hands.”


The Best Duster For Hard-To-Reach Blinds

For cleaning hard-to-reach blinds and ones that are higher up, this DocaPole dusting kit is a great option. It contains a pole that can extend anywhere from 5 to 12 feet, allowing you to dust high window blinds without having to use a ladder. While it's a bit pricey compared to the other dusters on this list, it's a versatile cleaning tool that can be used for a wide range of situations — the kit comes with three brush heads, including a cobweb duster, microfiber feather duster, and a chenille microfiber ceiling fan duster. For especially tall windows, there's also a 24-foot kit and a 30-foot kit.

Helpful review: "I have a second floor window and open hallway. The Pole dusted everything with ease. It was very easy to extend and bring back down without help!"


Also Great: A Duster Spray For Extra-Deep Cleaning

If you haven't cleaned your blinds in a while or want to do an extra-deep clean, this Fuller Brush duster spray is a great option to use in conjunction with any of the dusters on this list including my top pick, the Hiware brush, or even a microfiber towel. The mineral oil-based aerosol spray helps dust to clump when it makes contact with it. So, rather than pushing dust around, you're more likely to capture and remove it.

The spray can be used on both wood and plastic blinds, as well as to remove dust on other surfaces like floors, furniture, and electronics.

Helpful review: “I love my wood blinds, but I hate dusting them....until now. The Fuller brush duster spray makes quick work of my dusting, and I find I don't have to do it as often.”

Studies referenced:

Thomas W. R. (2012). House dust allergy and immunotherapy. Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics, 8(10), 1469–1478.