Dust is a catch-all term for skin cells, pet dander, dust mites, bits of dirt, plaster, paint, insects, and more. You want to get rid of dust, not just move it around so that it settles down again on another surface. No one wants to live in a dusty home, especially if you have allergies that are triggered by it. You may have to accept that dust is always going to be present in your house in some form, but we’ve listed some easy ways to reduce it, below:
1. Dust with a Microfiber or Electrostatic Cloth
Ditch the feather duster and use an electrostatic or microfiber cloth instead when you’re dusting. These will actually pick up and even attract dust rather than just moving it around. Once you’re done, you can put the cloth in your washing machine and let it air dry before the next time you use it. If you’re using a microfiber cloth, you can also dampen it first to pick up more dust.
2. Dampen Your Mop
As with the microfiber cloth, a damp dust mop will pick up more dust than a dry one will. Just be aware that water can be bad for wood surfaces. Try dry-dusting these once a day.
3. Dust Before You Vacuum
Dusting will cause small particles to end up on your floor, after which you can vacuum them up.
4. Use a Vacuum Equipped with a HEPA Filter
High-Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, vacuum filters will capture more tiny particles than other filters can. You’ll also want to keep your vacuum well-maintained for optimal performance.
5. Change Out HVAC Air Filters
It might sound excessive, but changing out your heat and air conditioning filters at least once a month will definitely help get rid of dust in your home. A pleated filter will be better at capturing dust, and one that is electrostatically-charged will also pick up other allergens. Dust likes moisture, so use your air conditioner to cut down on humidity.
6. Use Less Fabric Around the House
Curtains, carpets, and clothes do more than trap dust—they also create it as they break down. Consider this when choosing how to decorate your home. If you choose to place rugs on your hardwood floors, make sure they’re machine washable.
7. Get Rid of the Clutter to Get Rid of Dust
If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Small items cluttering up your house collect dust easily and can be a pain to clean.
8. Clean Out Your Closet
Put seasonal clothing away where dust cannot collect on them, in bins or plastic hanging bags. Keep the floors of your closets clear of clothes and shoes so that you can vacuum them out with ease.