If you often find yourself sneezing, have watery eyes or wheeze in your own home, you may have a dust mite allergy. We’ve put together a list of 21 ways for you to reduce the dust in your house.
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1. Change your bedding
Your dear old bed collects skin flakes and dust with ease. Wash your bedsheets and pillowcases weekly to help combat the dust. Get the pillows dry cleaned or wash them yourself.
2. Vacuum regularly
Vacuum your house to help suck up all the dust, especially high traffic areas like hallways and living rooms. Look out for vacuum cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which are supposed to remove 99.9% of pollen, animal dander and bacteria from the air.
3. Sweep the floors
If there are areas where you don’t need to vacuum, use a broom and dustpan to sweep the floors. Wash your dustpan and brush every few months and let them air-dry before storing.
4. Mop the floors
A wet mop will collect the dust that you missed after sweeping. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be, so give it a go today!
5. Get a dehumidifier
A dehumidifier will help reduce the levels of humidity in the house and is one of the best ways to help dust mite control. There are lots of different types of dehumidifiers available including the Pro Breeze 500ml Compact which I’ve just ordered myself.
6. Beat cushions & rugs
Use an old broom handle or a carpet beater to beat your cushions and rugs. Continue to do so until you no longer see any dust flying off them.
7. Use a microfiber cloth
Grab a microfiber cloth to use on all your furniture and surfaces. These cloths have more fibers that are able to attach themselves to the smallest dirt particles – meaning they make dusting light work.
8. Groom pets
Keep an eye on pet fur and dander by regularly brushing your pets. When picking a place to brush them, choose a tiled or stone floor that’s easier to clean.
9. Air purifiers
Trap all those nasty dust particles with an air purifier and store them close to windows. This will prevent airborne contaminants getting in and circulating the room.
10. Clean air ducts & vents
Dirty air vents can build up a dust, dirt and grime layer. Give it a good clean and this will improve ventilation.
11. Sort out your toys
If your child is sensitive to dust then it’s a good idea to keep toys out of their bedroom. Buy washable toys, made out of wood, rubber or plastic, and store them in a big box so dust won’t get in.
12. Look after your wardrobe
Store any clothes, bags or items that you aren’t using plastic containers or cloth bags to keep the dust away. Visit 21 brilliant hacks for your tiny wardrobe to learn how to make the most of your space.
13. Keep the windows shut
Unfortunately, if you have windows open the dirt will be blown in. Keep them closed and stop dust and allergens from entering.
14. Use dust covers
Cover any appliance while you’re not using it, such as computer keyboards. This will help stop dust before it gets into tiny places.
15. Remove your shoes
As soon as people get in your home, ask them to take off their shoes. Any dirt on the bottom of their footwear that gets trodden into the house will eventually turn into dust when it dries.
16. Get a doormat
Prevent outside dirt from coming into the home by getting a doormat and leaving it outside your home. Make sure to wash the mats to help prevent the dirt from building up. Here’s a great doormat from SUCK UK available at Amazon.co.uk for £16.25.
17. Install roller blinds
Instead of curtains why not try roller blinds? These are much easier to remove and clean, or try cloth curtains which are easily washed in the washing machine.
18. Clean the tumble dryer
Check your lint collector and clean the dirt and dust from it. This will help the tumble dryer and prevent dust from flying around every time you open the door.
19. Get rid of bits & bobs
If you’ve got a cluttered home, chances are all your knick-knacks are gathering dust. Check out these 35 things you really don’t need & should get rid of NOW.
20. Limit the textiles in your home
Textiles trap and create dust as they disintegrate when you use them. Try lightweight curtains, furnishings and try and reduce blankets and other materials around the home.
21. Get a wooden floor
Carpet holds a lot of dust and each time you take a step on it, it releases dust. If you’re truly set on reducing the dust in your home consider installing a wooden floor, or another hard surface like stone, tile or vinyl flooring.
Phew, what a lot of ways to reduce dust. If you’ve got a tip we might not know about, let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!