I have Venetian blinds in my home.

I have a feather duster, but it does a terrible job, removing (at most) a third of the collected dust.

I've also used a standard dust cloth, which does a good job, but to wipe it across each blind takes much too much time.

What would be a more effective method?

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    This is like asking how to make the toast land butter side up... it cannot be done. If someone comes up with a trick- mind. blown. Dec 9, 2014 at 19:51
  • Why would you dust your blinds?
    – bjb568
    Dec 9, 2014 at 22:24
  • @bjb568, why wouldn't you? Dec 9, 2014 at 22:28
  • @KingShimkus No benefit that I can think of.
    – bjb568
    Dec 9, 2014 at 22:40
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    @bjb568 Having less dust around seems fairly beneficial to me.
    – Mast
    Dec 9, 2014 at 22:41

7 Answers 7


I suggest you first semi-close the blinds and then dust with a cotton sock. Works like a charm. You could also use a damp cloth. If you really dislike manual work, a vacuum cleaner sometimes gets the job done.


Purchase a blinds duster. Use it.

Buy one of these

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    This is not much of a lifehack as most people don't have this lying around their house. To make this a good answer, you could include a way to create something similar using goods found in a household Dec 23, 2014 at 19:35

The first thing to do is, of course, close them. I wouldn't close them completely, as it may hold up the dust in the "folds" (how can I call them?).

The next thing is to use a vacuum cleaner with the brush like this attached to the end of hose:

big image of small brush

image from vacuumcleanershop.com


I've found a vacuum to be the best tool for this job, as long as you have a brush attachment. You still must run the brush along each slat but it's much faster than a cloth. There are even special attachments that go on a vacuum nozzle which clean several slats at once.


Take them down, leaving them fully extended. Then put them in a bathtub full of hot, soapy water. If they're really bad, include a gentle degreaser like Simple Green.

Let them soak for a bit, swishing them gently to loosen the dust and oils. Then use the shower to rinse them off.


In my case I have such blinds on a balcony looking over a big boulevard so they get dirty quite fast. The way I clean them is the following - I take down the blinds when fully extended and closed . After that I take them to the bathroom and I use my shower. My shower is with flexible hose like this one so that helps.

Now after you pour some water to the blinds they stick to either the floor or the walls. In case the blinds are short enough I use the wall otherwise I use the floor. Use strong flow of water and hit the blinds from one side to the other. The dust literally flows out. You may have to use some towel if the blinds are really dusty or muddy. Cleaning the blinds using this approach is much easier but it is still a challenge for my apartment as I have about 20.

NOTE: remember to remove the plastic part for turning the blinds otherwise it will constantly get in you way. Now I also remove the small plastic part at the end of the strap for lifting the blinds(after I stepped on a few and broke them :)

  • A picture of the blind "stuck" to the floor/wall would be more helpful than a rather large picture of a shower with a flexible hose, which doesn't add anything to the answer.
    – holroy
    Jun 14, 2015 at 8:21
  • I could not find smaller one sorry. Feel free to replace it. I don't have a picture of a sticked blind and I nothing will be visible from it - just a blind on the floor. One has to try it and it will become apparent what I mean Jun 14, 2015 at 8:24

When I moved into my flat, I unhooked them from the window frame and gave them a shower.

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