Here's an unpleasant fact: The itty-bitty skin flakes from your body create more than 90 percent of household dust. The rest is from clothes lint and dead skin cells from any pets that live with you. What's more, dust mites—microscopic creatures that trigger allergies—feed off this ambrosia. Nice! Here's how to keep the grossness under control:
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- Don't use feather dusters or dry rags—they'll just spread the dust around. Use microfiber or electrostatic cloths or a Swiffer. It's all about grabbing the dust.
- When you wash your cleaning microfiber cloths, don't use fabric softener. It weakens their dust-attraction power.
- Pick a good vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. It will eat those dust bunnies before they grow into rabbits.
- Place commercial-style doormats outside of every entry door.
- Lights, lamps and chandeliers are dust magnets. When you're cleaning, make those your first stop, because some of the dust will fall down onto the floor and furniture.
- Go easy on the knickknack and book collection—they're favorite dust hangouts.
- If you have upholstered couches, take off the fabric covers and give them a good beating outside. Same goes for rugs—go crazy on them with a broom or a tennis racket.
- Opt for window blinds instead of curtains. All you need is a microfiber duster to clean them. If you do have curtains, suck up the dust by using the brush attachment on your vacuum. Start at the top and work your way down.
Ryan Homes Question: Do you clean behind the refrigerator and the stove from time to time? Or do you pretend the dust isn't there?