Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of Dust in Your Home

Dust. It’s something we all live with and can’t seem to get away from.

According to Wikipedia, “dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.”

So what can you do to limit the amount of dust in your home? Here are our top 5 tips:

  1. Upgrade your furnace filter. Installing an electrostatic-charged furnace filter, which attracts and (the most important part) captures dust particles, can greatly reduce the amount of dust floating in your home if you have forced air heating.
  2. Rotate your bed and bedding. Your treasured bed can be a magnet for dust. One way to counter this is by changing your bed linens on a weekly basis and washing them in hot water. Furthermore, you should also flip and rotate your bed every season (four times per year) if you have a box-spring mattress.
  3. Keep your closet floors clean. Along with your bed, your closet can also be a magnet for dust. Fabric, hair and skin particles all like to settle at the bottom of your closet. So if you keep a tidy closet (especially the floor), this will help you better manage the dust in your home.
  4. Vacuum. Vacuum. Vacuum. Vacuum the carpet, your furniture, your closet floors (see tip 3). Basically anything that is carpeted or upholstered you should vacuum. (We vacuum all upholstered furniture?)
  5. Dust. It sounds so painfully obvious but dusting will help get rid of the dust in your home. You just have to do it the right way. Feather dusters don’t do the trick. You need to actually gather the dust and not just push it around. Use a microfiber cloth instead and you will see better results.
  6. BONUS! Groom your pets. Regularly brushing your furry friends (in the yard or outside the home if possible) can help contain some of the dust, dander and hair your pets can leave behind.

Hopefully by following these tips you can help get rid of the dust floating in your home – helping you breathe easier.

Do you have a dusting tip? Please leave us your ideas in the comments section below

Top Tips for Minimizing Mold in the Home

To keep your home clean and healthy, use these tried and tested tricks to battle mold build-up in common areas in your home.

Bathrooms: The moist environment makes bathrooms the most common place for mold growth. Ensure that yours stays clean by using a non-ammonia-based detergent, especially in the corners of tubs and shower stalls where mold build-up tends to be the worst. Using a squeegee to wipe down shower walls after use will help reduce build-up as well.

Furnace filter: The filter should be replaced with the season, or more frequently if you have pets. Use a gentle soap with water to clean the coils of the main unit when you replace the filter. After cleaning the coils with soap and water, wash, using a mixture of diluted vinegar and water to prevent future accumulation of mold.

Refrigerators: Empty your refrigerator and wash the inside using a gentle soap with water every few months to prevent the accumulation of mold. Make certain you completely dry all shelves, drawers and other internal parts. Placing a box of baking soda in the fridge will help keep it fresh.

Windows: Use a gentle soap with water to remove mold on windowsills. Consider re-glazing the window as the cause of growth could be due to a leaky window seal.

One-Day Deep-Cleaning Projects: Bedroom, Bathroom & Kitchen

The first day of spring is just around the corner. Why not spend at least one day during the long President’s Day weekend deep cleaning your home? That way, you will be ready to tackle whatever the season brings without the distraction of a messy house. Follow our deep cleaning guide to get the job done as quickly as possible, then enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Bedroom

Pull bedding off the mattress and box spring, including bed skirt if applicable, and take to laundry room; start a load. If you have dry-clean-only items, or a bedspread too large for your washer, set aside to bring to cleaners.

Back in the bedroom, attach upholstery tool to vacuum. Vacuum top and sides of mattress, getting dust in crevices between mattress and bed frame. Rotate mattress 180 degrees. If you have an older mattress that requires flipping, enlist a helper and do so. Smelly mattresses also benefit from a sprinkling of baking soda vacuumed up 30 minutes later.

Dust nightstands and furniture with a damp cloth. Vacuum carpet or sweep and mop hard floors with appropriate product (1 gallon hot water mixed with 1 cup white distilled vinegar for tile or a dry mop for wood). Finally, remake bed with freshly laundered linens.

Bathroom

Pull all bath towels and mats and take to laundry room; start a load.

Back in the bathroom, fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and hot water. Spray shower/tub walls and floor, plus toilet, then let sit. Fill another spray bottle with ¼ cup vinegar, ½ tsp. dishwashing soap and 2 cups water. Apply to mirrors, then wipe with paper towels. Apply the diluted vinegar to countertops and fixtures, then wipe with a cloth. Scrub shower/tub walls and floor, plus toilet, with a hard-bristle brush, then rinse. Sweep, then mop floor with appropriate product. Return freshly laundered towels and mats to their proper places.

Tip: To remove hard-water stains, soak paper towels in undiluted vinegar and place on buildup. Leave overnight, then scrub and rinse.

Kitchen

Pull all dishtowels and take to laundry room; start a load. Take any rugs outside to shake, then vacuum.

Remove all food from pantry and refrigerator, throwing out expired items as you go. Spray all surfaces, including exterior of fridge and pantry shelves, with diluted vinegar used in bathroom, then wipe with a cloth. Put back remaining items.

Place any stovetop burners in a sinkful of soapy hot water. Spray all countertops and appliances, both large and small, with diluted vinegar, then wipe with a cloth.

Pull any appliances you can away from wall, then sweep behind. Push back and sweep remaining floor area. Mop with appropriate product. Bring back freshly laundered dishtowels and vacuumed rugs.