Dust. It’s a four-letter word that strikes fear in the hearts of homeowners everywhere. No one wants their home to look dusty and dirty. But dust – made of skin cells, dirt, pollen, fabric fibers and more – is a problem that goes way beyond the surface. Dust can be a downright disaster for family members with allergies or asthma, making dust prevention a must!
Why Prevent Dust? Cue the Dreaded Dust Mite.What are dust mites? They’re the microscopic, 8-legged bugs that feed on the tiny flakes of skin shed by the humans in your household. Dust mites can live anywhere that dust accumulates, but they especially love bedding, carpets and (nooo!) even your kiddo’s beloved stuffed animals. Did you know? The amount of skin an average person sheds each day (1.5 grams) can feed one million dust mites. Contrary to popular belief, dust mites DO NOT BITE. It’s the mite’s waste that triggers allergic reactions. If fact, dust mites are the most common cause of year-round allergies.
Dust mite allergy symptoms:
- Itchy, watering eyes
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Irritation of the mouth or throat
- Postnasal drip
6 Tips to Get Rid of Dust in Your Home
1. Keep Your Closets Neat & TidyIf you’re like us, your closets could probably use some reorganizing anyway, right? And the bonus is enjoying a dust-free home! Closets are dust magnets, as they’re filled with all kinds of fabrics that shed fibers. Whenever you open and close a closet door, you kick up an invisible dust storm. What you can do to control dust in your closet:
- Box or bag items in clear containers
- Keep seasonal coats in garment bags
- Invest in a shelf to get your shoes off the ground
- Keep the floor clear of clutter so dust doesn't settle on top