Even if you’re the neatest housekeeper in the world, dust is going to accumulate in every room of your house. It’s going to be on top of the kitchen cabinets, on top of the refrigerator. It will hide on bookshelves, on entertainment centers, on little used DVDs. You’ll even find dust in the fireplace. Every spot in your home is a welcome mat for dust. By dusting the all-natural way, you can have a healthier home.
Toss the Feather Duster
When you dust using a regular feather duster, you stir the dust up into the air. No big deal as long as you plan to vacuum after dusting, right? When you dust and stir the dust into the air, you’re releasing bits of skin cells, dust mite carcasses, their feces and other allergens like fungal spores into the air. That’s not something you want to inhale yourself or have your kids inhale. If you’re using a feather duster, stop. All you’re doing is swishing the particles around.
Filters are the first line of defense. Vacuum often using a good model with a HEPA filter. Also install good particle trapping filters in your heating and air system. Using an air purifier in or near the bedroom or living room can help cut down on dust as well.
Cleaners & Sprays
But when dust does manage to accumulate, get rid of it by using organic cleaners that repel dust. These are cleaners that will have vinegar as one of the ingredients and the upside to using vinegar-based cleaners is that will also kill dust mites, which offers you even more protection in the battle against dirt and grime. Organic dusting spray and organic surface cleaners can help keep dust from coming back as often.
The Right Cloth
When you dust, don’t use ordinary cloths or even unbleached cheesecloth to dust with, because these items don’t hold onto the dust. All you’re doing is smearing dust around with these. Instead, use a cloth that’s designed to hold onto the dust and you’ll find this in a microfiber magnet cloth. If you have to use a regular cloth in a pinch, then make sure that you wet the cloth first.
Top to Bottom
When you dust, always start from the highest point in your home or in a room to the lowest point. Use a slightly dampened cloth mop to get dust off of ceilings and walls, and don’t forget to dust the baseboards as well. If you need to dust a floor, use a wet mop to trap the dust and cut down on the release of dust into the air. Make sure that you also use a dust repellent on your furniture as well, because upholstery is a place that dust loves to settle.