There are a lot of us who are aware that there’s a lot of outdoor pollution. In fact, we are reminded of this every time we’re on the highway and we see a sign that tells us to carpool. We also remember this when it’s time for our cars to go through an annual emissions test. But here’s something that just might surprise you: Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are many homes that actually have 2-5 times more air pollution inside than outside of them? And one of the main causes is due to dust and toxins that are within the home.
Change your bedding once a week. Over the past couple of years, there have been a lot of published reports concerning bed bugs and things that you can do to prevent and/or remove them. Well, something else that you should be aware of are dust mites. These are things that can pile up on your bedding. That’s why it’s important to change your sheets no less than once a week.
Pay close attention to your rugs. If you happen to have carpeted flooring, because carpets tend to attract lots of dust, it’s important that you vacuum twice a week and also that you clean out your vacuum bag and filter every time that you do. If you happen to have hardwood floors with throw rugs on them, you should clean them once a week as well. Only, make sure to that you take them outside and beat them against your house. That way, the dust particles will go into the atmosphere outdoors as opposed to on your furniture inside.
Don’t clean with commercial products. It is a bit ironic, the fact that some of the commercial brands that are marketed to clean our homes also contain a lot of toxins in them. The good news is that with the help of olive oil, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon and baking soda, you can get your home just as clean without exposing yourself to certain chemicals. If you’d like some homemade cleaning recipes, go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade cleaning recipes” in the search field. You’ll find a wide variety of them there.
Clean from top to bottom. Here’s a simple tip that some people overlook. If you clean from top to bottom, that is a great way to make sure that you capture any dust that you missed along the way. If you do it from bottom to top, you will usually only spread the dust from one surface to another.
Change your HVAC filter. Something else that you can do to maintain a dust-free home is change your HVAC filter. According to professional technicians, you should do it between every 60-90 days. That will help to significantly reduce the amount of dust and debris that flies in the air every time you turn your unit on. It’s a simply way to reduce the level of dust that is within your home.