Dust can be a dangerous health hazard. It is hard to avoid dust entirely, but if we do not manage dust properly it could cause irritation to eyes and nose and can lead to more serious illnesses. The less dust we can encounter is the better and healthy our environment will be. Everyone breathes better in a home that isn’t so dusty because even for those without allergies dust acts as an irritant to your eyes, nose, and lungs.
What is dust made of?
Dust has a mixture of tiny particles of dirt, dust mites, animal hair, dead skins, feces and body parts of insects; rodents and humans, fibers of cloth, pieces of metals, fine wood particles, pieces of plastics and all other types of man-made materials. But when we think that it might stop there, it does not- dust contains lots and lots of micro-organisms some of which causes harm every now and then. Simply put, …..Dust = eewww!!!
Wherever there is air passing through dust will be present, just think about it. If you were to leave your home for an extended period of time when you return the amount of dust piled up all over the house might shock you. This is a natural way of how nature works and it is also the result of the many activities mankind has embarked on for the modernization or advancement of this era.
We might not be able to fully eliminate dust from our homes but we certainly can reduce the amount of dust that accumulates on flat surfaces, floors, and in fabrics and fibers. Consider these eight ways to reduce dust and have a more healthy breathing experience while you enjoy the shiny sparkle that a dust free environment portrays.
So here’s how to get rid of dust in your home
Keep Outside Shoes At Bay
When a chicken (broiler chicks) farmer is entering the chicken coop, he has to step into a liquid sanitizer solution to sterilize the shoes so that he does not carry in any harmful bacteria to the chickens. Our shoes are good at picking up all sorts of dirt from all over and we sometimes walk into the house with all that accumulated dust on the shoes. We can reduce dust in the house by either keeping outside shoes in an outside designated area (until we clean them off), or keep a neat small box at the door with a bag neatly wrapped in it. As soon as we reach home and ready to get inside, take out that bag and place the dirty shoes in, tie the bag and put it away until you are ready to clean the shoe.
Keep Insects Out
One of the most common intruders that bring dust into our homes are those small insects such as spiders ants and so on. They have their own lives to live and they take it to our homes along with their families, friends and loved ones. They do their droppings, shed their skins, have babies, make nests and create a whole new world for you in your own home. Frankly, they are here to take over- so there is an endless war between us and them. Use special cleaning agents that they will shun immediately. Essential oils are good for this purpose. Ensure that certain cracks are sealed in your house to prevent entry or lodging.
Eradicate Insects On Sight
Whenever we see small insects in our homes, sometimes we ignore them and take the one or two for granted. This my dear reader is a big mistake. One means many and many starts from one in the insect world. So when an ant is passing and it finds a small sugar grain he runs and makes the announcement! Then a few moments pass and you have an army of ants in your home- told you it was war. And then you have to call in the big guns “the pest control company”. And your pocket burns! So have no mercy on these your enemies, get rid of them by whatever means you choose asap.
One of the best things you can do in your home to reduce dust is to vacuum regularly. Ensure that your vacuum cleaners have a good filter in it. Vacuums swallow up the dust so you can actually remove it out of the house. But if it does not have proper seals and high-efficiency air filters if could spread the dust all around the house instead. Vacuum all that you can; curtains, sofas and other upholstery, carpets mats and more. Things with fibers tend to hold dust more than those without. The dust will then build up without looking obvious especially in carpets. Nothing holds dust as much as carpets. If you were to take advice from a doctor he would tell you to get rid of all carpets completely- if you have bad dust allergies that is how serious it gets with carpets. So vacuum as often as possible. You will eliminate more dust if you vacuum hardwood floors instead of mopping.
Dust Often – Correctly- No feather dusters!
By this we mean you should apply certain methods such as starting from the top sections of the house and working your way down. So the vacuum cleaner has its place and time. When dusting otherwise, do not use feather dusters and things of this sort that only toss the dust around. Instead, use a damped cloth. This will collect the dust and you can properly get it out of the house.
Change Air Filters Regularly
The air filter works with your (HVAC) system, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Change this filter very often as dust gets packed up in it easily. You will see that it is doing its job when you see all those piles of dust in it. So do your pars and dispose of all those piled up clouds of dust. A word of advice- do not get the cheapest air filters, it will cost you more.
Refresh your inside air
Ventilation is really necessary. Open windows and let in some fresh air to keep your home breathing nicely. It is important to have mesh screens at windows so that not everything that comes with the wind will get inside your home. However, you want to get out the stale air and all that comes with it and introduce some good refreshing breeze to cheer you on.
Grooming and Pets
Take good care of your pets so that they do not contribute to the accumulation of dust. Bathe them as necessary, brush hair properly to reduce the amount that will fall inside the house. If its a dog, wash their feet after walking them, they pick up a lot of dirt.
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