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I know dusting is not the sexiest subject on the internet, but it’s an important one!

Keeping your home dust-free is no easy feat. If you’ve got pets, kids, or anyone really coming in and out of your home, you’ve got dust and if you are not getting rid of it regularly, you’ve probably got poor indoor air quality.

Studies are showing that indoor air pollution can be 5-10 times higher than outdoor air pollution and that’s thanks to a lot of different things we have in the home and bring into the home. You can learn much more about this by signing up for my FREE 30 Day Healthy Home Detox Challenge, in the first week I talk all about indoor air and what you can do to keep it clean.

But for the purposes of this post, we are going to be talking about dust and why dusting just might be The Ultimate Way To Detox Your Home.

There are 5 key areas you can tackle that will have a huge difference in the health of your home.

 

1. Kitchen Cupboards.

kitchen cupboards with wooden spoons

We tend to forget these but kitchen cupboards collect dust thanks to grease that sits on them. If you are not cleaning your cupboards regularly the grease builds up and if you are not dusting enough that dust will collect and sit on the grease, increasing your indoor air pollution.

Start at the top with the moulding then work your way down to the doors and don’t forget the knobs and hinges too. If you cook daily you should be doing this at least once a week. I like to use a mix of 50:50 water and vinegar. Love a good DIY cleaning recipe? Try these!

For best result spray the mixture into a slightly damp cloth, not directly onto the cupboard, then wipe and rinse. We tend to use either too much water or too much product when cleaning, less is more!

 

2. Your mattress (and your pet’s bed!).

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping so its good practice to give your bedding the love it deserves. Your bed and your pet’s bed should be dusted and vacuumed at least once a month since they are hot spots for sweat and dead skin cells. Here’s my three-step cleaning process:

First, remove and wash all sheets and bedding. Give your mattress a good vacuum, making sure you’re using a clean attachment. Vacuum or dust the headboard and base as well. Sprinkle baking soda onto the mattress, let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then vacuum it again.

a black and white kitten

The same can be said for pet beds. Most pet beds can be washed in the washer, but regular vacuums and deodorizing will cut down on danger, allergens, and dust.

 

3. Your vents and filters.

If you live in North America, odds are you have an HVAC system in your home, which is essentially the lungs of your home! Make sure you’re maintaining yours by vacuuming its filters once or twice a month and replacing them every six months.

 

4. Your vacuum canister and vacuum attachments.

These are important to clean out regularly, I clean mine twice a month because I have two cats, but you can get away with doing it once a month.

Here’s how: Always empty the canister before it gets totally full. You can wash the cup in hot water with a few drops of Castile soap or dish soap. Don’t forget about the vacuum’s filter, either! Check with the manufacturer about the best ways to clean it. Some can be washed; others need to be replaced.

 

5. Inside your closet.

I never used to think about this area of my home, but the inside of your closet can be a breeding ground for dust, dust mites, dust mite dropping and more. YUCK right?

Here is a simple step by step:

  1. Start by vacuuming the floors.
  2. Then, remove all of your clothing.
  3. Wipe down the shelves with a microfiber cloth that’s been lightly sprayed with water.
  4. Refold clothes and put them back in a way that makes them easy to see and access. This is a great opportunity to think about all the clothes you own and how you can make your wardrobe more sustainable.

 

Why Dusting Is The Ultimate Way To Detox Your Home

 

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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