Are you tired of clearing away so much dust from your home? Is all the dust swirling around your home starting to aggravate your allergies? With only a few simple tasks, you can greatly reduce the dust in your home and enjoy breathing clean air again.
Change Your Bedding Regularly
In case you hadn’t heard, dust is largely made up of dead skin cells. Unfortunately, your bedding is in a prime location to collect dust. To prevent this problem, you’ll need to launder your bedding regularly so that you can rest comfortably instead of lying awake wondering whether dust mites are living in your pillowcase.
Clean Your Home’s Air Ducts
You rely on your home’s air ducts to distribute clean air throughout your home, but did you know that they could be transporting dust as well? If you haven’t done so recently, take time to schedule duct cleaning.
You can, however, do a few tasks to help keep your home’s ductwork free of dust. First, check the air filters in your furnace. Replace dirty and dust-clogged filters. Next, take out the heating registers placed throughout your home and clean them to remove trapped dust. Learn more about how your home’s HVAC system can affect your home’s indoor air quality.`
Use Air Purifiers
Air purifiers can help to prevent excessive dust by capturing some of the dust particles floating in the air and returning clean air. Unfortunately, air purifiers can only work in one room at a time, so you’ll want to put one in a place where you spend much time, such as your bedroom. Alternatively, you could buy multiple air purifiers to have one for every room. Consumer Reports offers a guide to air purifiers to help you find the right one for your home.
Pay Attention to Your Carpeting
Carpeted floors are cozy and luxurious. Unfortunately, they’re also magnets for dust particles and dust mites. To prevent allergic reactions and promote general health, you should vacuum your carpets regularly. If you have particularly aggressive allergies, you may need to vacuum every day or forego carpeted floors in favor of hardwood, laminate, vinyl, or tile.
Store Clothes Properly
Those thick winter clothes you won’t use during the summer may seem all right sitting there at the back of the closet, but if they’re stored loosely, they’ll be gathering dust. You may not notice now, but when winter returns and you need to break out the coats, you could be inhaling dust. To avoid this problem, store infrequently used clothing in plastic bins or clothing bags. The Huffington Post’s guide to storing winter clothing also recommends using lavender or cedar over mothballs to prevent decay without making your clothes smell dreadful.
By now, you’ve cleaned around your house, stored your winter clothes, and made sure your home’s ductwork isn’t adding to the problem of dust in your home. You’re well on your way to allergy relief. Have any other tips to prevent dust from collecting in your home? Let us know in the comments.