I Tried My Mom’s Technique for Keeping Baseboards Clean and I’m Never Going Back

published May 17, 2023
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My mom has been a housekeeper for over 20 years, so she has her fair share of trade secrets to share. Everyone has that one chore they hate to do, but I have two. The things I dread cleaning the most are shower tiles and baseboards. While I still don’t have a convenient way to scrub the grout in my tiles, my mom gave me a great tip on how to make cleaning baseboards less of a chore. Her go-to tool for prolonging the cleanliness of baseboards? Dryer sheets. 

Here’s the tip: First, wash the baseboards; then, rub a dryer sheet across the boards a few times. When dust comes to settle on the boards, it will instead be repelled and float down to the ground, where you can vacuum, mop, or Swiffer it. Since most people usually vacuum or mop their floors weekly, the dirt will get cleaned up like usual. According to Mama Komar, since dryer sheets minimize static in the dryer, they add that same residue coating onto the baseboards, repelling the dust that’s trying to land.

I put her trick into practice and I’m now down to cleaning the baseboards once a month, if that. I also like to rub it a little more in the corners, so you don’t get that hard-to-reach buildup. If you’re like me and looking for a way to cut back on your baseboard cleaning cadence, definitely give this hack a go. I’d love to hear how it worked out for you in the comments!

This post was originally published on Apartment Therapy. Read it there: I Tried My Mom’s Technique for Keeping Baseboards Clean and I’m Never Going Back