When we’re in the midst of cleaning up our homes, there’s one thing that we should definitely do and that would be dust it. Aside from the fact that dusting on a regular basis removes the unsightly layer of film that we sometimes see on our furniture, shelves and even ceiling fans, being that dust carries tiny particles of dirt, debris and toxins, it also helps to prevent us from experiencing symptoms that are directly contributed to indoor air pollution.
So, if you’d like a few cleaning tips that will ultimately help you to have a dust-free home, we have provided you with five of them below:
Clean your closets. Typically, we don’t think to clean our closets unless we are preparing to give away clothes or pack up certain articles of clothing. However, the thing to keep in mind is that clothes tend to collect a lot of fibers, which can lead to an accumulation of dust. That’s why you should either sweep or vacuum the floors of your closets once a week or make sure to put your clothes in garment bags.
Vacuum a couple of times per week. Speaking of vacuuming, being that carpets are a breeding ground for dirt, dust and debris, it’s important that you vacuum your floors a couple of times per week. Also, to keep the dust that your vacuum has collected from flying back into the air, also clean your bag and filter each time that you use it.
Use a damp cloth, not a feather duster. Although there are a lot of people who use feather dusters, they actually aren’t the best thing to remove dust from the rooms in your house. In fact, what they usually end up doing is spreading the dust from one surface to another. To thoroughly remove dust from your furniture and shelves, it’s better to use a damp cloth. In fact, if you use one along with a mixture of one part olive oil and one part vinegar, you can keep dust at bay for days at a time.
Conduct an energy audit. Sometimes, no matter how well we clean our homes, there is still dust due to the fact that we have air leaks coming from our windowsills or our HVAC unit. You can figure out if this is happening in your home by conducting an energy audit. By going to Energy.gov and putting “DIY energy audit” in the search field, it will walk you through the steps for inspecting your pipes, appliances and even seeing if it’s time to get your furnace repaired or replaced (comparing furnaces is a good idea before purchasing a new one, by the way).
Add some plants. One of the best things that you can do to keep dust from building up in your house is also a wonderful way to make the rooms in your house a bit more aesthetically-appealing: add some plants. According to many scientific reports, there are several plants that help to minimize dust, pull toxins out of the air and ultimately improve your indoor air quality. Some of our favorites include Spider plants, Rubber plants, Snake plants, Chinese evergreens, Boston ferns and Golden pothos. For a list of other plants that are great for reduce indoor air pollution, visit BuchanansPlants.com and put “fresh air indoors” in the search field.