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Tuesday, October 6

Dustland Fairytale (Killers)

Aaaa-CHOO!  Dust makes us sneeze.  It’s not pretty to look at.  And it coats every surface in your house.  But worst of all, it can actually contain toxic compounds….which means that dusting and vacuuming suspends those pollutants into the air, giving you yet another opportunity to breathe them in.

Breathe deeply!!

Just a few things found in dust include :
  • Human skin cells
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
  • Viruses & Bacteria
  • Paint particles
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Asbestos
  • Heavy metals
  • Rodent waste
  • Pesticides
  • Flame-retardants
  • Sand / soil
  • Plant and insect parts
  • PABs and PAHs (petrochemicals)

If you have kids that crawl, or put their fingers in their mouths, they could be ingesting who knows what!  Depending on the contaminants in the dust, you could be experiencing allergies, asthma, coughing, or a runny nose just from living in your home.  These can affect brain development and hormones…….all just from the dust in your house!!

A few tips for minimizing what’s in the air…
  • Leave Dirt Outside :  Use a doormat to wipe shoes thoroughly before entering the house.  Remove your shoes and leave them by the door, and ask that your guests do the same.
  • Dust Often : Use a wet cloth that will trap and remove the dust, rather than just moving it around. 
  • Use an Air Purifier : If you have a child with respiratory issues, consider getting an air purifier for the house, or just for the bedroom area.

Take it to the Next Level

Get rid of your carpet.  One of the best ways to reduce dust is to
opt for hardwood flooring.  Carpets cling to dust, and even produce their own, making them just plain nasty at times.  

We can attest to the hardwood flooring change, as we have an asthmatic child who is SO much healthier now that we have switched to flooring.  You can choose from traditional hardwood flooring, or the more economical flooring offered as most hardware stores.  We opted for the latter, and it works wonders.  Just remember to sweep / mop it regularly!

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