Posted on: April 18, 2007 Posted by: Nicole Harding Comments: 6

Every night as your sleep, millions of tiny insects feast on the dust that you create in your bed. If the thought of this makes your skin crawl, you may want to consider eliminating some of the dust in your home! Dust mites are microscopic bugs that crawl around eating the dust in your home.

Dust is primarily made up of the dead skin cells that fall off of you every day. This dust floats through the air, sticks to surfaces, and sinks deep down into your cushions and bedding. There’s no real way to get at the root of the problem, because you need your skin, after all! So here are some tips to get rid of dust by keeping the dust down, and keeping those dust mites at bay.

1. Dust your home regularly.

The most immediate and obvious solution is simply to keep on top of your housework! Dusting every surface of your household at least once per week is the single most effective way of reducing the dust in your home. Until someone invents a robot that will roam around dusting for you, you’re stuck with doing it manually.

There are a few different ways that you can do your dusting so you’ll need to figure out what works for you. Dusters come in all shapes and sizes, and picking one to suit your needs will depend on several factors. Your budget, what you need to dust, and how high you need to reach are all factors you need to weigh in this decision.

You can go as simple as a rag on a stick to reach those dusty crevices, but tools designed for dusting will be most effective. Store-bought dusters often come with a handle that you can keep for later use, as well as removable and disposable dusting heads. These are convenient because they cling to dust and don’t let it go. Once you have finished with one, you simply throw the dusting head away.

Disposable dusters are quite wasteful though. Landfills are already overflowing and if you don’t want to make the problem worse, consider seeking out a high-quality reusable duster. The initial cost will be greater than the disposable ones, but over time you’ll save both money and the environment.

2. Vacuum your home.

Before dusting, it’s always a good idea to do your vacuuming first. Vacuuming will suck the dust out of your carpet, reducing the amount of dust in your home. At the same time, however, it will also shoot dust up into the air, coating all your clean furniture! Avoid having to dust twice by getting this chore out of the way first.

Many vacuum cleaners come with dusting attachments that turn your vacuum into a dust destroyer. Be sure to regularly replace the air filter of your vacuum though. This catches the small particles of dust that don’t get trapped within the collector of your vacuum.

If you really dislike regular vacuuming and like techie gadgets, consider getting a robot to do the vacuuming. There are several small robotic vacuum cleaners on the market that can roam around your house and clean while you aren’t even there. This can reduce the overall amount of dust in your home without having to lift a finger! A robot vacuum will not pick up everything, however. You will still need to vacuum regularly to reach spots the robot can’t get into.

3. Keep the windows open.

A simple and natural way to keep your house dust free is to open the windows. A lot of the dust in your home is persistently floating through the air. Opening the windows helps to exchange your dust filled air for fresh clean air.

Air out your house as often as weather permits to help keep a house dust-free!

4. Hire someone to clean your home.

This is a suggestion for those extra busy people, or those that simply don’t like cleaning! Hire a local cleaning service to come in and give your home a once-over. A professional will know exactly where all that dust will be hiding and they can clean it out and freshen up your house quickly and efficiently.

5. Clean or replace your furnace filter.

All the air in your house cycles through your furnace filter, so if you’re noticing unusually dusty air, consider checking your furnace filter. A dirty filter can pose a health risk in two ways: failing to remove dirt and dust from the air your family breathes, and allowing the build-up of dust in the heater and fan, which is a major fire risk.

You should check your furnace filter monthly and change or clean it as required. Most filters are disposable and need to be switched out regularly. Check your filter often and always have a replacement filter ready to go should you notice it needing replacement. It’s easy to forget to pick one up and put off replacing it until later. This is a recipe for disaster. Keep on top of this to keep your family safe!

6. Wash your bed sheets frequently.

Your bed sheets are a magnet for dust! All those skin cells falling off you in your sleep leave a lot of dust that gets flung around every morning when you make the bed. Wash your sheets at least once every couple of weeks to keep your bed dust-free and smelling fresh and inviting.

There’s nothing more satisfying after a long day than laying your tired body on soft, fresh-smelling sheets!

7. Beat out your cushions.

You may remember an old timey movie scene in which a housekeeper is beating out a cushion or rug. Beating out the dust is a tried and true method of getting the dust out of your cushions.

Take the cushions from your couch, hang them up outside, and work out some aggression! Use a stick, bat, or whatever you can find to knock the dust out of those stuffy cushions.

Make this one part of your usual house cleaning routine. It can be oddly satisfying to beat on those cushions!

Dust is constantly falling off of you and there’s no way to stop that. What you can do is keep that dust from building up through regular cleaning of your carpets, furniture, cushions and sheets. If you want to get rid of dust, keep your house clean and your family healthy and safe by following the above tips!

6 People reacted on this

  1. I do not have a tip for others…but I need one ! every day I wake up to another ”bite” and it’s so itchy..had to buy some calamine lotion, but it only lasts a little while and have to re-apply. what I need to know is if I should disinfect all bedding, mattress, pillows….would washing in TSP help…

  2. I have two tips to share: First, use the swiffer dusters that you can buy in any grocery store or Kmart, etc. These are WONDERFUL and make dusting a breeze!

    Second, I am on my second Hoover carpet steam-cleaner that I absolutely ADORE! This machine pulls the most incredible amount of dust, cat hair, etc. our of your carpets or furniture…you just won’t believe it! I have a vacumm that I paid $700 for back in 2001 (top of the line) and this Hoover does a much better job! My next house will have hardwood floors, but until then, my Hoover is my best friend!

  3. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings — another reason to toss old
    bed pillows.

  4. I don’t have any immediate answers but, I’m currently toying around with an air filter made with brushless fans and filter media that I also use with my saltwater aquariums. Some of the media I use filters as small as 50-100 microns. Since I don’t have central heat/air there is no recirculating air filtration in the house and with it being built over 100 years ago, dust has more access.

  5. This was such interesting information. I’ve thought I was loosing my mind. I dust one day and the next it’s back again. Of couse, we have dogs, but this stuff is everywhere. I especially appreicate the facts on equipment. I did not know this at all, but wondererd how to get rid of it. Thanks.

  6. Get your vents cleaned by a pro. Especially if your house is a newer one. Sloppy clean up by sub-contractors during construction can cause a real headache for the homeowner. We just had this done on our 4 year old house. There were small pieces of lumber, lots of sawdust, nails, screws, large amounts of sheetrock dust and large particles in our ducts. The furnace is quieter and doesn’t kick out the morning dust cloud. All of my allergy symptoms are gone too.

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