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How to Reduce Dust in Your Home

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Is your home dusty?  Learn how to reduce dust in your home for better air quality and a cleaner home.

Dust can be a severe problem, especially in older homes. Not only is dust a major hassle to clean, but it can also pose a hazard to the health of your family. As such, it is important to keep your home as free of dust as possible.

 How to reduce dust in your home. Use these life hacks to get rid of excess dust in the air and on surfaces. There are tips for dusting your furniture, surfaces, blinds, and floors to reduce the amount of dust in home. These cleaning tricks are for preventing and getting rid of dust. Use the right tools when cleaning to really get it clean.  Dust from mites and skin cells can cause breathing problems if not dealt with. #dusting #cleaning


We live in a farm house that was built in the late 1800s and had an addition in the mid 1900s.  We moved from a new construction home, and I wasn't prepared for the dust.

I feel like I can vacuum three times a day and dust daily and still not catch up.  We also have two dogs and two cats in the house, so my vacuum definitely gets a workout!

The main contributors of dust in the home are fabrics and dead skin. Much of your cleaning should be focused on places where these particles congregate, such as bedrooms and living areas.

Here are some tips to reduce dust in your home, as well as eliminate before it becomes a problem.

How to Reduce Dust in Your Home


Enact a No Shoes Policy


The majority of dust in the home actually comes from shoes bringing in dirt from outside. Enacting a no shoes policy within the home can severely decrease the amount of dust you have to deal with, before it ever enters the home.

You may consider purchasing cheap slippers for guests to wear when in your home. This allows guests to be comfortable and not have their feet touching cold, hard floors.

I made a sign that hangs inside the door asking guests to take off their shoes.  It avoids any awkward requests, and most people will comply.  You can find some really cute signs on Etsy like this one from WoodSignStudio.

Sign from WoodSignStudio


Additionally, purchasing sturdy mats for inside and outside the home to wipe shoes off on can greatly impact the amount of dust and dirt that enters the home.

Another good rule in general is to keep windows and doors shut as much as possible to reduce the amount of dust coming through them.

Change Air Filters Regularly


Be sure to change the air filters in your heating and air systems regularly (at least once a month) to drastically eliminate the amount of dust resonating from them.


Control the Humidity of your Home


Dust mites thrive in humid environments, so it is crucial to control and maintain the humidity in your home. Consider purchasing a dehumidifier if your home is too humid.


Create Cleaning Schedules


Dusting and cleaning in general is especially effective when done consistently. Developing a cleaning schedule can help you stay on top of dust before it becomes a problem.

When developing a cleaning schedule, focus on whats most effective. Vacuuming is essential to reducing dust in the home, so be sure to vacuum high traffic areas of the house several times a week.

Additionally, clutter in the house can attract and hold onto dust, so be sure to declutter often to reduce the amount of dust in the home.

Be sure to factor less frequent jobs into your cleaning schedule, such as dusting window blinds.

If your someone who hates cleaning, be sure to check out my 7 tips for people who hate cleaning for useful tips to make cleaning less stressful.

Be Effective in Your Cleaning


No amount of cleaning will make an impact if not done properly. There is, in fact, a proper way to clean, particularly when it comes to dusting. For example, make sure that when cleaning, you clean from top to bottom for maximum effectiveness.

Additionally, making sure you use the proper tools and resources is crucial to the cleaning process. Make sure to use microfiber cloths for dusting as they will trap dust rather than spread it around.

Use a dusting spray to clean surfaces and knick knacks in your home.  I use this DIY dusting spray recipe and love it.

Using lint rollers on curtains and tapestries can also be effective at eliminating dust that collects on them.  I've also been known to use the vacuum on my drapes and blinds.  I also wash my curtains twice a year to eliminate dust.

Clean your Floors Often


It simply cannot be overstated how important it is to regularly clean your floors. Be sure to vacuum and sweep regularly.



In addition, invest in high quality vacuums and brooms in order to maximize your effectiveness.  The O-Cedar Anglar Broom is great for getting into small spaces.  I think it gets more out from under furniture and under the cabinets than other brooms.

As for my vacuum, I love my Dyson vacuums.  I like the yellow Dyson Ball Multifloor vacuum because I use it on carpet and hard wood with the beaters off.

I sweep the floor or vacuum daily or every other day to get rid of dust and pet hair.  I turn off the beater bar and vacuum my hardwood floors, too.  I mop them once a month to really get them clean.  (Learn more about how to clean hardwood floors with vinegar).

Organize Your Closets


Clothing stored in closets not only collects dust over time, but it also sheds fiber that add to the amount of dust in the home. To eliminate this problem, consider packing clothes that aren't worn often into closet bags, and keep loose items stored in boxes and bins.

Additionally, organizing dressers and storing children's toys in a toy box can cut down the amount of dust that collects off of loose clothes and toys.

Clean Bedding Weekly


Beds can be primary collectors of dust and skin particles. Additionally, sleeping in dusty beds can be incredibly hazardous to your health. Therefore, it is important to wash bed-sheets and pillow cases in warm water weekly.



Additionally, washing pillows, mattress covers, and other fabric items regularly is important to eliminate the dust that collects on these surfaces.

I've been adding Lysol Laundry Sanitizer to my bedding and towels when I wash them.  It helps kill germs without using bleach.

Groom Pets in the Proper Places


For those with pets, grooming them inside the house can spread a lot of dust around. Consider grooming your pets outside or in a smaller, easily cleanable space, particularly one with tiled floor, such as the bathroom.

Our German shepherd and rottweiler mix sheds like crazy.  We use a shedding brush on him, and it helps a lot.

Clean Furniture Weekly


Similar to bed-sheets, furniture can also collect and hold dust. Cleaning furniture is simple, just be sure to take the cushions off your furniture and vacuum as part of your cleaning schedule.

In addition, take couch cushions and other larger fiber objects outside and beat them to get the dust out.

Purchase an Air Purifier


If the dust in your home is too much to handle, you may consider purchasing an air purifier. Air purifiers can work wonders in the household, and drastically reduce the amount of dust particles floating around.

Unfortunately, air purifiers only work when used in each room, especially in larger homes. Therefore, it is important to get a good deal on that air purifiers you purchase.

We use them in the bedrooms and in the living room because that's where we spend the most time.  To save money, buy a smaller unit for bedrooms because they tend to be less expensive.


Eliminate Carpeting


While somewhat of an extreme option, eliminating carpeting in your home can drastically reduce the amount of dust. Carpeting traps dust particles, and can only be cleaned properly with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter.

Dust is not only a chore to clean, but it also presents adverse health effects in the home. While it is impossible to have a completely dust free home, with these tips you can drastically reduce the amount of dust in your house.

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 How to reduce dust in your home. Use these life hacks to get rid of excess dust in the air and on surfaces. There are tips for dusting your furniture, surfaces, blinds, and floors to reduce the amount of dust in home. These cleaning tricks are for preventing and getting rid of dust. Use the right tools when cleaning to really get it clean.  Dust from mites and skin cells can cause breathing problems if not dealt with. #dusting #cleaning



Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.