More than 90 percent of household dust comes from tiny flakes of skin and barely visible fabric fibers that float on the slightest air current and settle on every surface in your house. Here’s how to eliminate it as much as possible.
Organize your closets to keep dust to a minimum
Closets are a dust haven, full of tiny fibers from clothes, towels, and bedding. And every time you open the door, you whip up an invisible dust storm. You can’t prevent clothes from shedding fibers, but you can make closets easier to keep clean, which will vastly cut down on dust. How to get rid of dust in your closet? Box or bag items on shelves. Clear plastic containers are best—they lock fibers in and dust out and let you see what’s inside. When you dust, they’re easy to pull off the shelves and wipe clean. Keep coats in garment bags. And finally, keep closet floors clear. If the floor is cluttered, chances are you’ll just bypass it while vacuuming, and dust bunnies will start to collect. Here is how your house might be making you sick.
Change your bedding every week
Your cozy bed is a major dust distributor, and that dust can multiply like bunnies if you don’t keep on it. One solution? Your bedding collects skin flakes, sheds its own fibers, and sends out a puff of dust every time you roll over. To minimize the fallout, wash sheets and pillowcases weekly. Items that aren’t machine washable don’t need weekly trips to the dry cleaners—just take blankets and bedspreads outside and shake them. You can smack some of the dust out of pillows, but for a thorough cleaning, wash or dry-clean them.
Clean the air while you clean the house
Use the right cleaning supplies
Use the right vacuum
Give rugs and cushions a beating
Upgrade your furnace filter