Dust mites getting you down? How to Get Rid of Dust in Your Home – LifeSavvy

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You may not be able to see it, but dust is everywhere. It collects on furniture, in corners, along baseboards, and in other nooks and crannies of your home.

If you suffer from sniffles or coughing and you don’t know why, you may be dealing with excessive dust in your home. Here are some of the most common places dust can collect, and how to get rid of it effectively.

Ceiling fans

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One of the most common places dust collects is on your ceiling fan. Every time you turn on the fan, the blades circulate dust and dirt around the room.

To clean your ceiling fan, start by turning off the power to the fan at your circuit breaker. Then use a microfiber cloth or feather duster to remove any visible dust from the blades. This product makes it easy to clean ceiling fan blades with just one wipe.

Once you have removed all visible dust, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining dust particles. This attachment is compatible with most vacuum cleaners, but you will need to check the size to confirm it will fit yours before purchasing.

Blinds

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Another place dust likes to hide is on your blinds. Over time, dust can accumulate here and become difficult to remove, especially on horizontal blinds. One of the best ways to clean blinds is to vacuum them with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Start at the top of the blinds and work your way down, making sure to get both sides of the blinds.

You can also use a pair of blind dusters, designed to make cleaning horizontal blinds easier and faster. Designed to clean the top and bottom of two rows of blinds at once, this tool will dramatically cut your cleaning time when it comes to dusting around your windows.

If you have particularly dirty blinds that are removable, you may want to remove and wash them. You can hose them down outdoors or soak them in a tub of warm water mixed with dish soap until the dirt comes off. Rinse them and let them dry completely before hanging them again.

Carpets and floors

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Dust also accumulates on carpets and floors. Your rug gets a lot of traffic and its thick fibers easily collect dust from family members and pets. One way to remove dust from your carpet is to vacuum it regularly.

Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter, which cleans better than any type of filter. You should also steam clean your carpets annually, or more frequently during allergy season, to remove even more particles. This vacuum is well rated and has a HEPA filter system to trap dust, pet dander, etc.

Hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring can also accumulate dust, but these types of floors are easier to clean. Regular sweeping will help control dirt and debris, although vacuuming is an even better option. A vacuum will lift any debris sitting on the floor without pushing it into the air. After vacuuming, go over your hard floors with a mop to clean any remaining dust.

If you find it hard to keep up with sweeping, vacuuming and mopping, consider investing in a Roomba. This little vacuum rolls over your floors and sucks up dirt you didn’t even know was there. This one pairs with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for easy programming. You can schedule it to clean at certain times of the day or turn it on at will. It also has a ton of sensors to help it navigate around corners, scan tight spaces, and avoid falling down stairs.

Starters

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Dust has to enter the house from somewhere, and it often happens at the entrance to your home under shoes, feet, and paws. Prevent a lot of that debris from getting inside by getting a sturdy outdoor doormat.

Encourage family members to wipe their shoes well on the carpet before entering. This doormat has thick bristles on the top to remove mud, dirt, grass and other debris from the bottom of shoes. It’s waterproof and great for the outdoors, and it’s easy to clean with a vacuum or hose.

Another simple step to combat dirt from the outdoors is to encourage a shoeless household. Place a shoe tray in your entryway to remind family members and guests to remove their shoes before proceeding further.

This tray is wide enough to hold three or four pairs of shoes, and you can always buy more if you need space. The rubber material is easy to clean and the cupped edges keep all the dirt inside, even with the muddiest shoes.

Furniture

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Furniture is another common place where dust collects. Upholstered furniture tends to attract more dust than wooden furniture, but both can use a good dusting once in a while.

Begin by dusting the tops of hard surfaces and work your way down. Use a microfiber cloth or feather duster to avoid moving dust. Don’t forget to clean under furniture, which can be easily done with a vacuum cleaner or hand vacuum.

If you have upholstered furniture, you will need to be very careful when cleaning. Use a brush attachment on your vacuum or buy a handheld vacuum and go over the fabric in different directions to remove any dirt, debris, and dust mites that may be hiding there. You can also clean the fabrics with a mild detergent.


If you feel like your house is always dusty, you’re not alone. Determining where dust is most likely to accumulate is the first step to keeping a home allergen-free. From ceiling fans to sofas, here’s where you’ll find the most dust in your home and how to get rid of it.

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