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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How to reduce dust in your home
1. Change your bedding
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Before you get started, be sure to read our article on whether you should vacuum or dust first. You could be making more work for yourself!
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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!
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. How to reduce dust by decluttering
If you've got a cluttered home, chances are all your knick-knacks are gathering dust.
Have a good sort out and try to keep your home more minimalist. It'll be much easier to keep up with dust this way.
13. Beat cushions & rugs
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.
14. How to prevent dust in kids' rooms
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.
15. 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!
16. 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 preventing dust in your home consider installing a wooden floor, or another hard surface like stone, tile or vinyl flooring.
17. How to prevent dust in the wardrobe
Wardrobe organisation can be tricky at the best of times, so why make it harder by allowing dust to settle inside? Store any clothes, bags or items that you aren't using in plastic containers or cloth bags to prevent dust from getting in.
This might sound obvious, but ensure that you keep your wardrobe doors closed at all times, too.
18. 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.
19. How to prevent dust with 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.
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. 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.
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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!