What’s In Dust?

Dust contains toxins.

Indoor air is reported by the EPA to be up to 5x more polluted than outdoor air. We spend around 90% of our lives indoors. Limiting dust is a free and easy way we can make the air in our homes better for our health. This simple practice makes a huge difference in the appearance, feel, and smell of your home. More importantly, it helps make your home #alittlelesstoxic

Dust is a term used to describe an array of particles that collect together and land on surfaces. Dust is made up of organic and inorganic matter. A large percentage of dust is said to be composed of dead skin cells. I know. 🤢 Other than that, dust is pollens, fibers, mold spores, plant particles, dander, dust mites and their feces… 🤢 I know.

To top that off, the fibers in our homes will undoubtedly contain toxins like formaldehyde and flame retardants that are used on nearly all furniture and carpets. Common dust components will also include paint particles, particles of heavy metals including lead and aluminum, VOC’s, adhesives, bacteria, viruses…

✨ Remove dust regularly by vacuuming with a HEPA equipped vacuum and dusting surfaces with microfiber

✨ Make swaps over time to less toxic cleaning products, cosmetics, cookware, and furnishings will make the dust less toxic

✨ Minimize clutter and places dust gathers and hides

Dusting is a great way to limit toxic exposures. Plus it’s free. Try and dust at least once a week. Tuesday is my goal thanks to @cleanmama Feather dusters do not keep the dust contained. Microfiber is an excellent tool for this. I love my dusting wand for quick and effective dust removal (linked in amazon faves in bio and in my cleaning highlight). I use that and/or a microfiber rag and my #alltdustingspray and make my space feel more fresh and my body able to breathe easier.