It is VERY difficult to have a completely dust-free home. No matter how much you clean, once those sun rays shine into your living room, you will see dust particles flying around. However, there are some things you can do to greatly minimize the amount of dust in your home.
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How To Reduce Dust In Your Home
Dust bunnies love little corners and small dark spaces that are hard to reach. Dust is a monster that is fairly difficult to be completely free of. If you have allergies you might need to work extra hard to keep your home dust-free.
Here are some cleaning suggestions for your to use to keep your home dust-free – as much as possible.
Create A Daily Cleaning Routine
Cleaning on a regular basis will help prevent the dust from being able to settle in the first place. Create a simple routine that you can stick to on a daily basis and make sure it includes wiping down the areas which are affected by dust the most i your home. You don’t have to clean every single day, especially if you are ill, or very tired, but it’s a good idea to clean every few days if you must take time off. Be sure to take the weekends and clean extra weel when you have more time.
Clean From Top Down
When you are cleaning your home, make sure you are cleaning from the top to the bottom of your home. Dust falls down after it is whipped off of surfaces, which means that the floor should be the last thing you vacuum and wash when you are at the end of your cleaning routine.
When you are cleaning the dust in your home, use a dam microfiber cloth to ensure the dirt and dust gets trapped into the cloth as you wipe. Wiping with a dry cloth is fine too, but more dust will settle below the area you are wiping, which could create extra work for you. Ensure you are wiping commonly overlooked areas such as blinds, baseboards, lampshades, headboards and corners of walls which can grow cobwebs over time.
Your bedding should be washed on a weekly basis. Many dead skin cells get trapped in your bedding and then all those [articles end up on the floor and in the air when the bed is being made on a daily basis.
Vacuum, Don’t Sweep
Sweeping brings dust up into the air and by the time you are finished sweeping one area, the dust you kicked up with the broom has settled back down again. It’s a little bit of a useless act if you really want to kick the dust in your home. Vacuum instead.
Items in homes pile up fast, and clutter is everywhere, especially if you have children. Try to keep everything in its place as best you can to avoid creating messy corners of the home which sit around and literally just collect dust.
Extra Tips For How To Reduce Dust In Your Home
Put Down Some Doormats
Coming in and out of the home tracks dirt into the home and these dirt particles are a huge component of the dust and dirt in your house. You can use both exterior and interior doormats to trap the dirt and keep it from travelling into your house. Remember to vacuum and wash the mats regularly too. We love the Bissell Crosswave for all of the vacuuming of hardwood floors and matts in the home.
Washing And Mopping
Minimize Static Electricity
Dry homes attract dust and make it easy to cling to stubborn surfaces around your home. Grab a humidifier or get a whole-home model installed. Aim for a humidity level of 40 to 50 percent throughout your home to get rid of the static and get those dust levels down. If you don’t want to spend money on a humidifier, boil water on the stove often to create that moist environment that dust doesn’t like to settle in.
Replace Filters In Furnace
Replacing your furnace filters is important for the efficiency of your furnace as well as the health of your home. It is recommended to replace your furnace filters monthly to limit the amount of dust and dirt being blown through your vents and out into your home, especially in the winter months because you run that furnace all day every day.
Vacuum and Wash Your Fabrics Often
It’s a good idea to vacuum your couch, curtains and any other items that are fabric but do not fit into your washing machine.
That being said, anything that DOES fit into the washing machine should be washed regularly. Just make sure you are following the washing guidelines on your fabrics to avoid creating rips and tears in your belongings.
Fabric traps dust very easily and fabrics are a leading cause of excess dust in homes.
Vacuum Carpets Regularly
A vacuum cleaner is a superhero to a homeowner! A good vacuum once a week (or daily if you’re a little nutty like me) will help keep the dust away. A lot of new bagless style vacuums come with built-in HEPA filters which help trap smaller pieces of dirt which helps freshen the air while you vacuum.
Dust The Displays
If you have a lot of bookshelves and loaded with books and sentimental items, be sure to keep those items dusted on a weekly basis. Items that sit without being touched on a daily basis collect dust faster than items that move around.
Not only does dusting your shelving keep the dust at bay, but it also helps keep your home beautiful! So don’t forget to do it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dust
Why so much dust on window sills
There may be a lot of dust on your window sills because that is a great place for dust to settle as it is not an area of the home that is widely used. To keep your window sills free of dust, try this:
Clean your windows with fabric softener. Mix one cap of fabric softener with 3/4 cup of warm water. Mix the solution up well and then use a cotton cloth to clean your window, mirrors, and other glass surfaces. If the solution seems “too slimy” then add a bit more water.
What is dust?
dust is tiny particles of dirt, dead skin and other solid particles. They are light so they are airborne, and then they settle when the air around them settles and together all thse particles gather and create a layer of what we call dust.
How is dust made?
Household dust, generally found in the home, is made up of human skin cells, fabric, dirt, hair, pollen, living and dead dust mites, food, and more.
Can dust be dangerous to your health?
Household dust can trigger some health issues such as asthma and allergies.
Clean Often To Keep Dust Free
The best tip I have for you is to be consistent with your dusting around the home. If you don’t give the dust a chance to settle in and build up, you will have a fresh and clean home. Don’t forget to grab walls, corners, baseboards, and ceiling fans when you are dusting around your home. Dust is everywhere, even when you cannot see it.
Remember to also work your way from top to bottom while you dust. When you knock down the dust from higher surfaces, you will pick up that dirt and dust later with the vacuum cleaner and mop so this is the best way!