5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dust That You Wish Weren’t True
Do you always feel like you are cleaning your house? More so, do you always pick up a questionable amount of dust up when you sweep? So much that it makes you wonder how so much dust has accumulated in such a short time between the last time you swept and now.
You’re not alone. It happens a lot and that’s because dust is one of those things we wish we didn’t have to deal with but is pretty much all around us. As long as we open our doors and windows, shed our skin and cut our nails, dust will forever be the unwelcome guest in our homes.
This is why it’s essential to understand what you are dealing with and just how important it is to make sure that you get rid of the dust as regularly as possible. Our health actually depends on this.
Ever heard of dust mites?
Maybe you’ve heard of these little creatures and maybe you haven’t. Dust mites are spider-like creatures that pretty much live everywhere that we live. This is because their diet consists of our dead skin cells. So think about all the most frequented places in your house like beds, couches, carpets, you name it… If you had to go up to each of these objects now and say hi, you’d be saying hello to thousands of these creatures. And here’s another fun little fact (ok, not so fun). Ever wondered why we sneeze when there’s dust in the air? That’s because we are reacting to the mite’s decomposing bodies and faecal pellets.
Make sure you clean up all crumbs, spills, and clutter often as well as vacuum your items like mattresses and upholstery as often as possible. The more often you make use of your vacuum, the cleaner your air will be.
Dust mites aren’t just in your house
Thought that you were only sharing your home with these little creatures? Wrong. They are also in your car. Maybe right now you’re asking where exactly they could be. Think about every place you touch in the car. Things like steering wheels, handles, gear knobs etc are some of the more common areas where they can be in your car.
Vacuum your car as often as possible. Use a disinfectant wipe on things like your steering wheel, handles and any place you touch often and carry things like hand sanitizer for good measure. Never leave bits of food in the car and don’t allow spills to go unattended for long periods of time.
Your pet is a dust mite magnet
We’re not talking about the hair your pets shed all year round (that is annoying too though) but rather why they’re a dust mite magnet. For starters, dust mites also feed off your pet’s dead skin cells which are usually spread in the form of dust. The mites are also attracted to the proteins which are found in their saliva and urine. If your animals come and go from inside and outside, they are probably more likely to have even more mites following them around.
Before you decide you never want any pets again, make sure that your animals are always well groomed and clean. Brush their fur often and be sure to clean up any stray hairs that get left behind before you give the dust mites any more reasons to call your house their home.
What’s at the bottom of your shoes?
If you and/or your family wear shoes in the house, then you are essentially tracking all the things you’ve stood in like pollen, animals faeces, motor oil and dirt (to name a few things) into your house. So each place you’re walking into with those shoes on is getting all that tracked into the floor.
The floor is one of the most dust-mite riddled spots in houses because of the foot traffic it sees. Make sure you vacuum your floors as often as possible (daily is best) and be sure to wash your hardwood or tile floors weekly with hot soapy water.
They like to cuddle
Whatever items have fibres in them, will have dust mites in them. Upholstered furniture, comforters, pillows, couches and even plush toys are like little pieces of paradise for these creatures. So just when you think you and your husband/wife are about to snuggle on the couch while you ‘netflix and chill’, think again. You’re not alone.
Furniture needs to be vacuumed regularly. Your mattress should also be cleaned regularly and things like bed sheeting must be washed at very high temperatures at least once a week.
Struggling to keep your carpets, couches, mattresses, and car clean?
Dust and dirt trapped in these items can cause people to develop allergies or aggravate their allergies.
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