How To Dust To Keep Pollen And Dust Out Of The House (allergies!)

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In the past two months, Princess has had substantial allergic reactions.  I’ve had to (re) learn how to dust because we suspect that her issues right now are dust and pollen.  Eyes so swollen that they won’t open, steroid shots, antihistamine eye drops, and allergy meds are her life lately.  I’ve learned a lot from trial and error during Captain’s bout with this as well.  Here are some quick tips on how to dust to keep pollen and dust out of the house as much as possible – especially if you have allergy sufferers!

Quick Tips on how to dust to keep pollen and dust out of the house as much as possible

Oh, the Dust!

When my son was young, he was first diagnosed with Ashtha and then airway disease.  His issue was that his airway would narrow (causing wheezing and upper respiratory infections) caused by external factors like allergies to pollen, dust, smoke, etc.  I learned more about dust mites and nasal passages than I ever wanted to know.

Yeah, fun stuff.

Whatever you do, don’t Google an image of a dust mite!  You probably just looked at one anyway, didn’t you?

Maybe it’s a good thing – it might motivate us to keep these little nasties at a minimum!  Although they are different than bed bugs, some people (like both my kiddos) are allergic to the shed skin and feces of dust mites.  More about how to get rid of dust mites around the house in future posts, but let’s just talk about keeping the pollen and dust out of the house most efficiently (in the least amount of work for us possible!).

How to Dust Effectively

Now that I’ve motivated you to dust every day of your life (sorry, not sorry!), here are some of the best ways to keep dust and pollen under control.  Generally, dusting and vacuuming will stir up dust worse than other times so take precautions with allergy sufferers.

Start at the top

How to dust in the best way?  Simply start at the highest point you can and work your way down.  I typically start by dusting the fans first, then the furniture, and ending with the floors.  The success of keeping dust to a minimum in these three areas are my three secret cleaning weapons for each task (damp pillowcase for the fan, middle area microfibers, and my premium mop for the floors).

How do you clean ceiling fans? Fast & mess-free with these cleaning hacks!

Less is more

The less clutter you have in the rooms of your house, the less that dust will have to settle on.  That’s less work for us because that means there is less to dust!  Also, the least amount of carpet that is in your home, the easier it is to keep the dust away.

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Dust clings to microfibers like a magnet.  While you can use regular microfiber cloths to dust the house (I used to swipe my hubby’s car cleaning cloths), I prefer the microfiber gloves.  They make cleaning blinds and other awkward areas a breeze.  Dampen the cloth to cut down on flying dust bunnies before cleaning any areas.

my favorite dust magnets!

Air purifier

Whether your family members have allergies or not, a quality air purifier can cut the dust in your home and make the air quality SO much better!  You can spend hours of research and hundreds of dollars on air purifiers.  Trust me when I say that I have spent the time researching facts and reviews but NOT hundreds of dollars and we are very happy with our purchases.

My recommendation is to only buy an air purifier that has a True HEPA filter.  What that means is that air will be forced through a mesh filter and trap tiny particles of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and smoke.  I chose my two faves from these requirements:

  • true HEPA filter
  • compact
  • best reviews
  • cost

The winners are the Holmes 3-speed and the Honeywell Compact Tower. Both are under $100 and get the job done right!  My goal is to eventually have one of these compact air purifiers in every section of our house.

my fave air purifier so far!

After following these quick tips on how to dust more effectively to keep dust and pollen out of your house, I feel confident that you’ll notice a big difference.  It’s my pleasure to share – just sent gratitude via coffee and chocolate, friend!

What did I miss – do you have other tips on how to dust effectively?  Share with us in the comments!



Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. corey
    April 26, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Just added the air purifier to my wishlilist thanks for the info

  2. Paula I'm Busy Being Awesome
    April 26, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    These are such great tips to keep dust away

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks, Paula!

      shan walker

  3. Mimi
    April 26, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    I’ve been sneezing like crazy, I really need to dust, allergy sucks!

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      Sorry you deal with it too, Mimi. 🙁


  4. Jen
    April 26, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I woke up this morning with sticky itchy eyes from the pollen. Perfect timing to find this post! Thanks!

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Awe, so sorry, Jen. It’s a pain, isn’t it?! Hope this was helpful to you!


  5. Denise Riehle
    April 26, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I’ve been looking for an air purifier, so thank you so much for the details of what to look for as well as your recommendations. That really helps!

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Yay, Denise! I’m so glad it was helpful. It’s hard to know what to choose. 😉


  6. Kristin Cook
    April 26, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Yep! I definitely looked up a dust mite…eww! They are not exactly the happiest looking little boogers! lol

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      The dust mites are SO creepy looking, aren’t they?! Ekkk Motivates me now to get rid of them every chance I get.


  7. Vanessa
    April 26, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    Great post! I really needed this reminder! I have pretty bad allergies but I’m also super lazy about my cleaning… I guess I could try to dust EVERYDAY hahaha! I said try…

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      We all forget – especially me! Until my daughter’s swelling, I didn’t think that much about it. We can “try!” lol


  8. Angela Amores
    April 26, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I’ll have to try this. Everyone in my house keeps getting sick after being outside. I’ll have to try these tips!! Thanks!!

    • Shan
      April 27, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      Oh no, Angela! Hate to hear this. If it’s sinuses that is bothering everyone, may I also add that nasal irrigation is SO very helpful to keep that pollen and dust from building up in those nostrils. 🙂


  9. hillary
    April 27, 2018 / 4:15 am

    Those gloves look awesome! When I used to live in Colorado, the dust was terrible because of the dryness. Now that I live in Germany, pollen has become the biggest issue. Thanks for the tips!

    • Shan
      April 27, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Oh wow. Never thought about the dryness out West. I bet it is bad!


  10. Laura
    April 27, 2018 / 8:42 am

    OMG the pollen is killing me! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Shan
      April 30, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Oh no! I’m so sorry, Laura. It’s that time, isn’t it? Hope it was helpful to ya.


  11. Bailey
    April 27, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Oh my how I needed these tips. I just moved and my allergies are in full swing!

    • Shan
      April 30, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Oh, Bailey, hope it isn’t too bad at your new place!


  12. Linette
    April 27, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Great information! Thank you for sharing.

    • Shan
      April 30, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Awe, thank you so much, Linette! Hope it helps in some way!


  13. Cathy
    April 27, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Tis the season for pollen and everything turning yellow! What a great reminder! I definitely think I need to add an air purifier to my shopping list…

    • Shan
      May 1, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Yep, Cathy, you’re right. Tis the season! We are LOVING our air purifier!


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