Where does dust come from and how to get rid of it

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Where does house dust come from?

Dust is the smallest particles with a diameter of up to 0.1 mm that enter houses through windows and ventilation, as well as on the soles of shoes. The inhabitants of the dwelling themselves become effective “producers” of dust: it contains flakes of human skin, dandruff and pet hair. You can also find the remains of insects, fragments of feathers, fungal spores and particles of various building materials in it. Every day, from 30 to 60 mg of dust enters our body.

Recently, scientists conducted a study of house dust from 35 countries around the world. Depending on the city, arsenic, lead, chromium, nickel, manganese and other elements dangerous to the body were found in it. Dust mites, which feed on dead particles of the human epidermis, also pose a threat to health. Their secretions are often the cause of allergies and asthma. Therefore, people with such diseases should approach the battle with dust thoroughly.

How to beat the dust

For a start, you can be inspired by the workers of Winchester Cathedral in the UK. For four weeks they cleaned the statues and other items of decoration of the shrine from a layer of age-old dust. If they can do it, then you can do it too.

1. Do not create a favorable environment for dust

Minimize the number of dust collectors in your home. Various figurines, vases, souvenirs from travels, soft toys and other decor are certainly pleasing to the eye. But at the same time they collect a lot of dust, and the fight against it takes time and effort. Also, from open surfaces, it is worth removing things that you do not use daily: cosmetics, perfumes, jewelry, dishes, stacks of papers. Carpets are one of the leaders in collecting dust. If you cannot refuse them, you will have to periodically arrange a thorough cleaning of them.

2. Do wet cleaning more often

The advice is as old as the world, and still has not lost its relevance. Wet cleaning has not only aesthetic but also medical value , especially if you suffer from allergies and asthma. Armed with a rag. Better if it is made of microfiber. Dry can easily collect all the dust, and then wet to fix the result.

And it’s also convenient to use a fluffy panicle with the funny name “pipidastr” to fight dust. Its synthetic fibers do not brush away, but attract particles, which significantly speeds up cleaning even in hard-to-reach places.

3. Choose efficient home appliances

Vacuum cleaners equipped with a water filter cope with dirt and purify the air. Dust is sucked in and settles in the liquid container, losing any chance of seeping out. Some models have an additional mopping nozzle that allows you to clean up faster. To freshen up furniture, pillows and voluminous home textiles, for example, curtains and tulle, a steamer or steam cleaner will help. Last, by the way, you can easily wash floors and other surfaces.

4. Use special tools

For example, polish can wipe both the floor and furniture. It serves as a kind of antistatic agent: it repels dust, allowing surfaces to stay clean longer. Regular fabric softener is also suitable for cleaning. Just mix one part of the product with three parts of water. By the way, the same “cocktail” can be poured into the water compartment of the robot vacuum cleaner. In its pure form, the air conditioner is useful for wiping the TV screen – it cleans the surface well and does not leave streaks.

5. Stock up on vacuum bags and storage cases

Vacuum bags can store out-of-season clothes, blankets and pillows. Such a solution will make the air cleaner and save space in the closet. For coats, jackets, jackets and other clothes that require careful care, storage in special trunks is suitable.

6. Humidify the air

The most effective way to deal with dust is to buy a humidifier . Pay attention to what area of the room the device can cover. More expensive models have additional functions of air purification and ionization. You can increase the humidity in the apartment in household ways. For example, after a shower, leave the bathroom door open, hang wet laundry on the radiators, or put a bucket of water by the radiator. A nice bonus: air humidification has a good effect on the condition of the skin and hair, especially during the heating season.

7. Take up home gardening

Green plants make the air cleaner and saturate it with oxygen. They can also act as a moisturizer. To this end, choose indoor flowers that require regular spraying and frequent watering. Their leaves will evaporate more moisture. But do not forget that the inhabitants of the window sills also need periodic cleaning of dust.

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