While dust is an unavoidable part of life, it can become a problem if too much of it builds up, causing allergies and even illness in those breathing it in. Dust mites live in dust, and are often the culprit behind these conditions. Luckily, there are easy ways to remove dust and keep your home dust free.
What is Dust?
Dust can consist of many different things, but household dust is usually mainly made up of human skin cells, pollen, human and animal hair, mould, fungi, particles of wood and fibre and soil brought in from outside.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live and feed off of the particles that make up dust. They don't carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions including asthma, sneezing, itchy eyes and other hay fever like symptoms for those who breathe them in.
How to Remove Dust
There are easy things you can do at home to get rid of dust and dust mites.
Always clean and vacuum your space weekly. Replace the furnace air filters at least once a month and vacuum the carpet and upholstery.
Use a damp cloth to dust furniture and other surfaces. A damp cloth will pick up dust instead of just pushing it around. Wet a cloth and then wipe down the surface firmly, making the cloth picks up all dust particles. Rinse cloth and repeat.
Make your own dusting cloth by placing an old cotton rag in a glass jar along with two tbsp of furniture polish. Then seal the jar and let it sit overnight. The polish will spread throughout the cloth leaving just enough to pick up dust without leaving an oil residue on surfaces.
To kill dust mites on pillows and other small objects that can't be washed, such as children's toys, place them in the freezer. The low temperatures will kill the dust mites.
How to Prevent Dust from Returning
Wash all blankets and sheets at least once a week in hot water.
Place pillows in pillow cover before placing them in pillow cases. This will keep dust and mites from getting into the pillow itself.
Make sure to wash curtains a least once a month as dust often settles in their folds.
Keep humidity low as dust mites thrive on these conditions.
Use an air purifier in your home to capture dust and other harmful particles in the air. Make sure to replace these filters once a month as well.