Dust is a big part of your home, and f you think it will be your forever roommate, think again! Here are a few simple tricks to get rid of dust in your home naturally and keep it at bay.
It’s something that oftentimes gets missed when we’re writing out our cleaning list, but dusting is actually a very important part of your home cleaning and should be incorporated more into your cleaning routine than you think. Now you may think that the reason being is because dust can be unsightly, but it’s actually more than that! An accumulation of dust, especially in hard-to-reach areas of your home or in places that one does not see, could negatively impact your health. In the case of dust, out of sight out of mind is not the way you want to go. Dust buildup in your home over time could increase the toxicity level of your home and contribute to harmful air pollutants. Have we got your attention yet? Read more to find out just what dust is, where it could be lurking in your home, and how to effectively minimize the amount of dust in your house - because we guarantee you’re going to want to after reading this!
What is Dust?
So what exactly is dust? Dust is a collective term used to describe a variety of both organic and inorganic particles, from inside your home and outside, that can collect on almost any surface of your home. The makeup of dust in your home is pertinent to a variety of factors based on everything from whether you have pets, to the types of fibers in your carpet and upholstered furniture, to the number of people in your household - this means that there is no standard formula of what dust contains, it is unique and specific to each and every home. The amount of dust you have in certain areas of your home is also related to the rooms that you use the most - the ones that are used most often will have the most dust accumulation.
Dust can contain any or all of the following particles:
Skin cells: Probably the most common and most likely, the dust in your home contains dead skin cells that those living in your home have shed. Skin cells accumulate the most in fabric areas we spend lots of time using, such as our bedding, mattresses, and couches. Dust mites: If the dust in your home contains skin cells, then it contains dust mites as well. Dust mites are tiny microscopic organisms that feed off dead skin cells. A dust mite allergy is common among many people and an accumulation of dust in your home could be contributing to an allergic reaction.
Pet dander: If you have a pet, then more than likely the dust in your home contains pet dander. Pet dander with fur or feathers shed. Dust mites also feed off of pet dander as well and an allergy to pet dander is also very common.
Pollen: Yes, pollen from the outside can make it inside your home! During pollen season, pollen from outside can come into your home from a variety of sources. They can come in from your doorways, from your vents or open windows. If your pets play outside, pollen can get trapped in their fur and they can bring pollen into your home when they come back inside. You can also be bringing pollen from outside into your home as well, on your clothes or in your hair.
Other particles that dust can be composed of include bacteria and viruses, fibers from upholstery, clothes and carpet, food or cooking debris, as well as dead plant or insect debris.
Where Can Dust Lurk in My Home?
Pretty much any surface in your home dust can lurk. It's common to find a thin layer of dust in areas that you clean more often (think your counters and table), however the areas of your home that are less noticeable and/or harder to reach are where the accumulation of dust can be quite high. These areas can include ceiling fans and lighting fixtures; the tops of shelves, paintings or fixtures on the walls; the tops of cabinets, windows, tv, and doors’ your blinds and curtains; baseboards, electronics, and your rugs and carpets. As we have mentioned before, dust can also accumulate on your bedding and mattress, your couch, and other fabric or upholstered areas of your home. And in case you didn’t know, dust attracts dust, so an area covered in dust accumulation will attract more dust.
How Do I Know I Need to Dust My Home?
While a clear indication that you need to dust is a visual indication of an accumulation or layer of dust in certain areas of your home, as we have mentioned sometimes dust can be unnoticed in some spaces. There are other indications that you need to dust however. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing unexplained sneezing, nasal congestion, or an itchy throat (especially at night, if it is in your mattress or bedding), it could be an indication there is high levels of dust in your home. Dust can also be stirred into the air of your home through vacuuming, open windows and doors, and the use of your air conditioning or heating unit. When it is circulating in your home it can contribute to air pollution and can be more easily breathed in.
What Other Health Risks Can Dust Pose?
Not only can you breathe in dust particles through your respiratory system, it can also be absorbed through your skin and ultrafine particles can be absorbed into your bloodstream as well. Depending on what is found in the dust in your home determines how toxic it can be and the effects that it can have on your health. Dust can be quite triggering for those with asthma, eczema or dermatitis, or who have an allergy to dust mites, pollen or pet dander (which are all very common allergens). A higher accumulation of dust can trigger an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. However, high dust levels in your home is a concern for everyone, not just those with asthma, skin conditions or allergies. Long term exposure to dust can have an overall impact on your health and can reduce the function of your lungs and contribute to chronic bronchitis and heart and lung disorders as well.
How Do I Reduce the Amount of Dust in My Home?
So you’re probably thinking, I really don’t want dust in my house, what are some ways that I can reduce the amount of dust lurking in my home? Well here are 12 things that you can do to help decrease dust levels and make your home more safe and healthy for everyone living in it! Here are some quick and easy tricks for eliminating and reducing the amount of dust from your home!
Dust is not only unsightly, it also contributes to harmful air pollutants and increases the toxicity levels in your home. By reducing the amount of dust in your home with our helpful tips and tricks, you can have a dust-free home in no time - and will be able to keep it that way!