Clean Blinds with Kitchen Tongs and a Towel

Most of the time when you clean the house, you probably don't think about cleaning the blinds. But let's be honest -- even if you do, it's typically low on the list of chores that you actually end up completing.

The worst part is that the more you neglect it, the more those blinds accumulate dust, dirt, pet dander, pasta sauce, skin cells, and who knows what else.

Question: Why not use a vacuum cleaner to clean them?

Answer: While a vacuum cleaner may be used to clean blinds, it will still leave dust behind.

A washcloth or paper towel may work, but they're both kind of awkward to hold, and may not catch all of the dust on the first pass.

By using a pair of regular kitchen tongs and a microfiber towel (or sock), you can clean those blinds stress-free and maybe even look forward to doing so the next time you're cleaning house.

Step 1: Get your supplies

Before you begin, grab the following items:

Step 2: Wrap the tongs

Wrap each side of your tongs with a microfiber towel or sock.

Tie them together with your rubber bands. 2 rubber bands for each side is probably sufficient but you can add more if there are air pockets you want to reduce.

Step 3: Clamp down on your blinds and start dusting

Starting from the top left corner (since you will inevitably will be dropping dust onto the rungs below), clamp down on a single blind and drag your hand all the way to the other side.

Step 4: Rinse the tongs in a bowl of water

You shouldn't continue to "clean" the other rungs without first removing the debris from the previous rung you dusted.

Take a bowl of water (or tall cup) and submerge the dusted tongs in them. Swirl them around, pull them out, and then wring them out into another bowl so they stop dripping.

Repeat this step for all rungs in your blinds.

Rinse the dust off of your cloth from the tongs
Rinse the dust off of your cloth from the tongs

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