How to reduce dust (& make your home spotless!)

How to reduce dust (& make your home spotless!)

Do you want to know how to reduce dust in your home?

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 to make your home look better than ever, and help you breathe easier too!

Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in June 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in March 2018.

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1. Change your bedding

Change those sheets! Photo credit: .matter.
Change those sheets! Photo credit: .matter.

Your dear old bed collects skin flakes and dust with ease.

An easy way to prevent dust in your home is washing your bedsheets and pillowcases weekly. Get the pillows dry cleaned or wash them yourself.

2. Vacuum regularly to reduce dust

Vacuum your house to help suck up all the dust, especially high traffic areas like hallways and living rooms.

If you're serious about reducing dust in your home, 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. How to prevent dust in the home by sweeping 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. How to prevent dust with 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

Give them a good beating. Photo credit: Deidre Woollard
Give them a good beating.
Photo credit: Deidre Woollard

Want to know how to reduce dust in the living room?

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 to reduce dust

Grab a microfiber cloth to use on all your furniture and surfaces. These cloths have more fibres that are able to attach themselves to the smallest dirt particles - meaning they make dusting light work.

8. How to prevent dust for pet owners

Keep an eye on pet fur and dander by regularly brushing your pets. When picking a place to brush them, choose a tile or stone floor that's easier to clean.

9. Use an air purifier to reduce dust

Reduce 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 to prevent dust

Dirty air vents can build up a dust, dirt and grime layer. Give it a good clean and this will improve ventilation.

11. How to prevent dust in kids' rooms

To the box with you all!
To the box with you all!

If your child is sensitive to dust then it's a good idea to learn how to reduce dust in their room.

Buy washable toys, made out of wood, rubber or plastic, and store them in a big box so dust won't get in.

12. How to prevent dust in the wardrobe

Store any clothes, bags or items that you aren't using plastic containers or cloth bags to prevent dust from getting in. Visit 21 brilliant hacks for your tiny wardrobe to learn how to make the most of your space.

13. Keep the windows shut on windy days

Here's a good tip if you have a lot of dust in your house - keep your windows closed on windy days!

14. How to prevent dust using 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 to keep dust away

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. How to prevent dust with a doormat

Come in, Go away diootmat, from Amazon.co.uk
Come in, Go away diootmat, from Amazon.co.uk

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

Roller blinds won't eradicate dust, but they will enable you to reduce the dust in your home.

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

Tumble driers can get pretty dusty...

...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. How to reduce dust by decluttering

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. Prevent dust by limiting 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 to prevent dust building up.

21. Get a wooden floor

Dusting made easy! Photo credit: eatmorechips
Dusting made easy!
Photo credit: eatmorechips

Carpet holds a lot of dust and each time you take a step on it, it releases dust. If you're truly set on preventing dust in your home consider installing a wooden floor, or another hard surface like stone, tile or vinyl flooring.

Hopefully now you're full of ways to prevent dust in the home! If you've got a tip we might not know about, let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear them!

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Colleen B

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  1. Author Helen on July 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Sticky lint rollers are my top tip for removing pet hair from clothing and furnishings, my beloved cats and dog all love my bed, which is fine but I can't bare the fur they leave behind, I use my lint roller several times a day but it's quick and easy, it also reduces the amount of fur that eventually ends up on the floor, I buy refills in bulk online so it's a fairly low cost for a huge benefit, I highly recommend. ~^..^~

    1. Author Colleen B on July 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Hi Helen, how funny - I'm just working on a Lint Roller blog post at the moment! Thanks for your tip.

    Reply
  2. Author Heather on July 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    House plants - the leaves can be full of dust so as you water them it is best to gently spray the leaves too.

    1. Author Colleen B on July 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      A great tip Heather, thanks!

    Reply
  3. Author Tina Rayner on July 15, 2016 at 11:46 am

    HELEN: I've been having this problem especially trying to remove the cat hair from my black quilt cover and sheets! Thank you for sharing this tip.

    Reply
  4. Author Tina Rayner on July 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Another way to remove dust from house plants, especially larger ones is to lightly brush over the leaves with an old make up brush! I use a soft large sized powder brush ☺

    1. Author Colleen B on July 19, 2016 at 9:39 am

      A fantastic tip! Thank you Tina. I'll try that one.

    Reply
  5. Author Debbie on July 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I agree with most of this, but have to say I find it annoying when people ask me to remove my shoes when I enter their houses. Obviously, if they're very muddy or wet it's only common politeness and consideration, and if a doormat is there it should most definitely be used. Maybe this stems from once having an embarrassing experience when I was asked to remove my shoes and had a blinking great hole in my tights!!

    1. Author Colleen B on July 21, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Ha ha!

    2. Author Alex on October 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Hello. My wife is from Japan, the land of no shoes in the house. I am from the mid-west country where I grew up with shoes everywhere. I will have to say this though, there is one thing my wife side that convinced me that shoes off in the house is a good practice, and I will repeat here what she said to me that changed me forever. With shoes you have on that you are about to walk into a house with, do you also use them to walk into public restrooms? That comment and image alone forever changed me.

    3. Author Stephanie C on October 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Hi Alex. Wow, this is a very interesting thought and something I've never considered before. It's shoes off for me in the future! Thanks for sharing :)

    Reply
  6. Author theresia Guschlbauer on October 17, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Hi Colleen, I don't understand how you can advise keeping the windows shut. Where I come from, my grandparents used to as a matter of hygiene, open the widows wide to 'air' the room, no matter what time of the year! Fresh contains a lot of oxygen which is essential to humans. As air comes into the room, it mixes with the stale air in the room and takes its place, taking some of the dust away with it! In fact I cannot sleep without the window open. The lack of fresh air is no doubt responsible for the modern epidemic of 'dust-related' illnesses.

    1. Author Colleen B on November 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Theresia, thank you so much for your comment. I will change my tip to say that only when there are high levels of pollen, should you close your windows.

    Reply

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