Akin to guests overstaying their welcome at a party, dust lingers in various corners of your home. Despite your best efforts to get rid of it, you somehow still come across news layer of dust on numerous items in your home, causing you to feel irritated and frustrated. Whether it be sitting on top of your bookshelf or lurking on the floor below your sofa, dust is seemingly omnipresent in all parts of the house, making it a nightmare for ‘neat freaks’ and people who are prone to allergies.
Air purifiers, air conditioning filters and feather dusters — these are various cleaning equipment that we make use of in our endless battle against dust. In addition, it’s not unusual to find various household products, accessories and furniture that claim to possess ‘anti-dust’ properties that trap or repel pesky dust bunnies and dust mites. As such, it is undeniable that dust is a common problem that many people struggle with in their homes, thus resulting in the prevalence of such anti-dust products.
Coupled with the fact that dust can take a toll on our overall health in the long run, it’s no surprise why many people go to great lengths to eliminate all traces of dust in their homes. Red and watery eyes, sneezing and coughing — these are just some of the symptoms that manifest upon contact with dust. To make matters worse, dust can also trigger an allergy attack in certain individuals, resulting in them constantly experiencing a blocked or runny nose and even exacerbating any existing dark eye circles that they may have. This is because exposure to dust can bring about a backflow of fluids in your nasal passages and cause it to build up in the area around your eyes. As such, this then results in the formation of stark discoloured under eye shadows.
Aside from that, when accompanied with grime and bacteria, dust can also irritate the skin barrier and trigger an onset of acne outbreaks whenever your face, hands or other parts of your body comes into contact with it. Some examples of household items that might be responsible for your breakouts are your dusty pillow or computer keyboard.
Therefore, in order to decrease the probability of such health issues from occurring, it’s imperative that you keep the dust levels in your surroundings to a minimum. As such, let us share with you 3 tips on how to prevent a dusty home as below.
The Secret To Eliminating Dust Within Your Home
Prior to embarking on the spring cleaning process, it’s essential that we develop a more in-depth understanding of what dust is so that we are able to come up with various solutions to counteract it. Unknown to many, dust doesn’t just consist of dirt particles, impurities, soil particles, pollen, smog or other air pollutants from the environment around us but also includes the fur or hair of our pets and dead skin cells from our bodies as well.
Hence, even if the windows in your house are sealed and the air conditioning or fan is switched on for most of the time, it’s still possible for dust to form and accumulate. And as previously mentioned, the most infuriating thing about dust is that it always seems to reappear after some time, despite your intensive cleaning efforts. Therefore, whether we like it or not, we have to accept that some form of dust will still exist in our houses even if it’s spick and span.
However, that is not to say that we have to give up on dealing with it. Instead, the trick is to utilise the right cleaning methods and know-how to reduce the levels of dust within your home as much as possible.
If you are not well-versed in the act of cleaning, worry not as here are some tips to help you with it:
Use The Right Cleaning Equipment And Method For The Task
The effectiveness of your cleaning equipment will vary according to the task that you are using it for. For instance, if you intend to clean the top of your cupboards or ceilings, opt for a cordless stick vacuum or extendable electrostatic feather duster as those will enable you to easily get rid of any dust particles or cobwebs lurking in these hard to reach areas. Also, start cleaning the higher areas before moving downwards as some dust particles are bound to fall onto the floor throughout the dusting process. Once they do, you can just use an electrostatic mop or vacuum cleaner to make quick work of them. In addition, don’t forget to use a damp cloth or feather dust to dust your bed frame and bottom of your bed, as those are some of the places that tend to accumulate dust and might be responsible for your unflattering dark eye circles.
Remember To Change Your Pillowcase And Bedsheets Regularly
Your bed might be your blissful sanctuary after a tiring day but if you fail to change your bedsheets and pillowcases regularly, chances are that it’s riddled with dust, dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria. Frequent contact with these items may then even induce a breakout and trigger your allergies as well as exacerbate existing dark eye circles. Therefore, don’t forget to swap your pillowcase and bed sheets once a week or fortnightly.
Frequently Vacuum Or Shake Any Floor Mats Or Rugs
As floor mats and rugs are prone to the collection and accumulation of dust, ensure that they are vacuumed on a frequent basis. After which, give them a good shaking so as to dislodge any dust particles, soil or soot that might still be lodged inside.