Dust is the one menace that everyone in India tries to fight, but it always seems to be present in abundance. Dust is made up of several particles including plant pollen, dead skin cells and fibers from clothing and paper. Whether you suffer from dust allergy, or have kids at home, or just simply detest dust around the house, here are some effect tips to live in a dust-free home.
Change bedding once a week – Your bedding is where dust termites love to reside. Wash and change your bedding once a week to prevent this from happening.
Doormats to the rescue – Feet and footwear are two of the biggest sources of dust in your house. Keep that at bay by placing doormats wherever possible, especially at the entrance of the house. Place one outside and one inside the entrance of the house to trap maximum dust and prevent it from entering the house. Use the ones with a bristle top for best effect. It is also important to regularly wash or vacuum the doormats to prevent dust from building up.
Cleaning up your closet – Your closet is a storehouse of tiny fibers from your clothing which can result in a dust cloud every time you open it. Use garment bags, plastic containers and any other form of storage for your clothes, which is easy to clean and will keep your closet free of dust.
Using the right dusting cloth – First off, minimize the use of vacuum only to the areas which you can’t dust using a dusting cloth. For the areas that you do use a dusting cloth, use the right kind of cloth that captures dust and does not spread it around, like feather dusters and dry rags. Use damp rags, disposable cloths, or cloths with oils or waxes that attract dust and hold it.
Shut the windows – Keeping the windows open is great to ventilate the house and bring in some fresh air, but it doesn’t help to keep the dust at bay. This is especially true in the case of windy days.
No carpets – Carpets might look lovely, but they are an excellent breeding ground for dust mites. Even vacuuming daily may not help. Stick to hard flooring.
Beat it – The rugs and cushions in your house not only need to be vacuumed, but also hung out over a fence or clothes line and beaten with a stick to get rid of all the accumulated dust and dirt.
Get rid of clutter – A cluttered house attracts more dust. Don’t ignore anything you see lying around on the floor, whether it is piles of clothes or books. Pick them up at once and place them back where they belong. These tend to gather dust very fast.
Air purifier – You could install an air purifier in your house to enjoy better air quality. They come in a variety of sizes and price points that you can choose from according to your requirements. Air purifiers typically have a fan that circulates the air and a filter that captures dust and pollutants.
These are some of the ways in which you can minimize the amount of dust in your house and make it a cleaner environment for you and your family.