The 8 Best Dusters for Cleaning Every Nook and Cranny in Your Home
Dusting is an essential part of keeping your home clean, and the right duster can make the job easier and more effective. "Dusting on a fairly regular basis can significantly reduce the amount of time and energy you spend keeping your home clean and free from allergens," says Vera Peterson, President of Molly Maid, a Neighborly company. "If you have pets, children, or suffer from allergies, you should dust at least once a week to start and see how you feel."
We researched dozens of dusters, evaluating them on material, durability, ease of use, and effectiveness. Our top picks include feather dusters, microfiber cloths, compressed air dusters, extendable dusters, and more.
Our Top Picks
- Best Dusting Cloth: AmazonBasics 24-Pack Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
- Best Microfiber Duster: Oxo Good Grips Microfiber Hand Duster
- Best Extendable Duster: Docazoo DocaPole 20-Foot Reach Duster Kit
- Best Duster for Ceiling Fans: Estilo Ceiling Fan Duster
- Best Duster for Blinds: Hiware Window Blind Duster Brush
- Best Feather Duster: Royal Duster Ostrich Feather Duster
- Best Lambswool Duster: Green Vivid Lambswool Duster
- Best Compressed Air Duster: Sin Shine Electric Air Duster
Best Dusting Cloth: AmazonBasics 24-Pack Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Best Microfiber Duster: Oxo Good Grips Microfiber Hand Duster
Best Extendable Duster: Docazoo DocaPole 20-Foot Reach Duster Kit
Best Duster for Ceiling Fans: Estilo Ceiling Fan Duster
Best Duster for Blinds: Hiware Window Blind Duster Brush
Best Feather Duster: Royal Duster Ostrich Feather Duster
Best Lambswool Duster: Green Vivid Lambswool Duster
Best Compressed Air Duster: Sin Shine Electric Air Duster
How to Shop for Dusters Like a Pro
The material your duster is made from is very important, says Peterson. "Microfiber is a great [material] to look for when shopping for a duster. It does a great job with dusting but also helps to not leave streaks on surfaces, which is due to the material being made out of polyester and not cotton." Ostrich feathers and lambswool are two other popular materials that are very effective at picking up dust, although people who wish to avoid animal products should stay away.
It's also smart to look at the handle of your duster. "We recommend finding a duster with a telescopic and bendable handle," says Peterson. "This will help reach high and low places that are often difficult to reach."
Different duster types are better suited for different dusting needs. If you're mostly concerned about dusting high-up spots like ceiling fans, consider an extendable duster that can easily access hard-to-reach places. Ostrich feather and lambswool dusters are great for delicate items like art, knickknacks, and mirrors, while compressed air dusters are made for electronic devices like keyboards and computers. You can also stick with standard microfiber cloths and dusters, which will offer the greatest versatility and are easy to clean.
Questions You Might Ask
How do dusters work?
Basically, dusters grab the loose dust on your furnishings, depending on the material they're constructed from. For example, "feather dusters work due to the static electricity attraction from the dust to the duster," says Peterson. The same is true with microfiber and other "sweeping" dusters. Others, like compressed air, use the push of the air to remove dust.
"Don't forget to hit the tops of doors, fans, light fixtures, picture frames and yes, each of your knickknacks," says Peterson.
Can you clean a duster?
Yes, and you're going to want to, otherwise you'll just be pushing dirt around. That said, different duster styles call for different types of cleaning.
"With a cloth duster, place it in the washing machine on a warm water cycle and allow it to air dry," says Peterson.
While microfiber dusters are easy enough to clean, other types require a little extra work. "For a feather duster, fill a sink with warm water and mix in two tablespoons of liquid detergent," says Peterson. "Put the feather duster into the soapy water and whirl it around a few times, drain the water, and rinse the duster under warm water using a gentle stream of water until all the soap is washed out. Shake out the duster to remove any excess water and hang to dry."
Lambswool dusters are similar: "Instead of whirling it around, fully submerge the lambswool duster into the soapy water and then rinse with a gentle stream of cold water until all soap is gone. Add about a tablespoon of glycerin to restore its natural oils. To dry, gently wring out excess water with a towel and air dry."
How often should you clean your duster?
You need to give your duster a thorough cleaning "about once or twice a year," says Peterson. Doing so is "important to maintain the quality of the duster," and will ensure you aren't just moving dust around instead of picking it up. In between washes, be sure to shake out your duster.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Tanya Edwards, a writer and editor who has written for The Boston Globe, CNN, Glamour, Yahoo, Allure, Refinery29, AOL, Huffington Post, and many more. To write this article, she considered each duster's construction, durability, ease of use, and effectiveness. She also talked to Vera Peterson, President of Molly Maid, a Neighborly company, about what to look for in a duster.