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3 Ways to Stop Dirt In Its Tracks

Apply a closed-door policy and make cleaning easier.

from 2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets

Just as much as dust likes to build, dirt likes to travel. It’s happiest when it can roam freely all over your home, hiding in those nooks and crannies where it’s the most labor-intensive to find and remove. You can save hours of time each year simply by keeping the following suggestions in mind. Here’s how:

Stop dirt at the borders. Make it a habit to keep your doors, drawers, cabinets, closets, and other barriers closed. This will keep dirt out in the open, where vacuum cleaners and cleaning cloths will be able to deal with it more readily.

When you can’t help making a mess. If you’re working on a messy, dust-producing project in the house, keep the doors to the room you’re working in closed. Better yet, hang protective plastic across the door and any air vents to confine the dust to one room.

Crystal-clear prevention. Periodically wash screens and other dirt-trapping window coverings (plantation shutters, miniblinds, and the like) to keep dirt subdued. Remember that dirt loves company and acts as a magnet for more.