My top tips to reduce dust!
I can almost bet one of your least favourite things to do is the dusting…
I really have a thing against dust. For starters…it looks grose. Secondly, it is unhealthy. Thirdly, it takes up soooooooo much of my time!!
So…I have been on a quest to find a way to reduce dust!! And…I have done it!!!! Well…I actually didn’t do anything…other than make a few observations over the last few years…
What is Dust?
According to Wikipedia, "Dust is made of fine particles of solid matter. On Earth, it generally consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by wind (an aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibres, paper fibres, minerals from outdoor soil, burnt meteorite particles, human skin cells (according to Live Science - 70 or 80 percent), and many other materials which may be found in the local environment."
Why does Dust land on surfaces and not just float around in the Air?
There is dust in the air, but the majority lands on our surfaces - which is a good thing because you can clean it. Unfortunately, dust in the air is a lot harder to clean, but I will talk about that later. The accumulation of dust on our surfaces is not random. Most dust particles carry an electrical charge, and are attracted to one another.
Physicist Chris Ballas, of Vanderbilt University, explains:
“The charged dust particles are attracted and cling to any surface that develops a charge. This can be electrical equipment, (which directly carries electric current) or a surface subjected to frictional forces, which result in a static electricity build-up."
How do you Reduce dust in your home?
I was always wondering why the skirting boards behind my bed and the bed side tables were always so dusty!!!…as in more dusty than the rest of the house… lol As it turns out…dust is mainly dead skin cells – and it makes total sense that those areas get so dusty as we are in bed for so long each night…and as much as I don’t want to admit this…90% of dust come from us!!!! You can do something about it!!! Exfoliate!! It wont stop dust – nothing will…but it will reduce it!
Invest in an Air Purifier
Air Purifiers are perfect if you want to remove all the impurities from indoor air with high filtration technology, or have issues such as: Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever, Dust, Pollens, Smoke, Mould, Dust Mites and even Odours
Instal Ceiling Fans
We have 6 ceiling fans in my house, and I was AMAZED, flabbergasted, disgusted, repulsed etc etc by the amount of dust on them. And then…I noticed something…
The rooms that had the ceiling fans on constantly, were LESS dusty than other rooms!!!
At first I thought it was just coincidental…and then I made a discovery! Click here to find out more.
When should I dust?
Let's not judge...so whenever you can. And...if you want to actually kill dust mites…Here is how! Please click here!!
How should I dust?
I always start from the top and work down, so ceiling and cornices first, then walls, then furniture, then skirtings and finally floors. It really depends on what you are dusting, so I will go through. few of the main things we dust.
Walls and Ceilings
I generally vacuum my walls and ceilings, or Wool Dusters are perfect for this job.
Hard to reach items
Dust bunnies don’t stand a chance against Microfibre Wands. They pick up household fluff like a super-powered magnet, and are bendable (perfect for hard to reach places), are super soft and (best of all) washable.
Furniture and Ceiling Fans
Over the years, I have found the best way, is to use a specially designed dusting cloth. They have a unique natural positive charge, that attracts and locks in dust, so it gathers on the cloth, and is less likely to fall on your furniture and floors. I then spray with my fav eco cleaning product at the time, and clean with a Microfibre Cloth wrung out in hot water.
Delicate Ornaments and Art
I love Ostrich Feather Dusters for those hard to reach and delicate areas as the feathers are super gentle and as you swipe over the surface (like you are painting) tiny hairs, or barbs, become charged with static electricity. This helps the dust particles to stick to the feather and hold it till shaken free, unlike other dusters that just move the dust around.
Explore the Neatspiration Dusting Collection here.