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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!
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 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).
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.
Dust clings to microfiber 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.
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
- best reviews
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.
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!
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