Dust is made up of all kinds of particles including plant pollen, dead skin cells, and fibers from clothing and paper. To make matters worse, with dust come dust mites.
To get rid of these tiny creatures in your home, keep in mind their living habits. They prefer temperatures of about 70 F or higher and humidity of 70% to 80%. They can't survive in colder, drier places.
Here are three changes you can do to your home in order to ensure a dust-less environment:
* Get rid of carpets: It may look gorgeous, but carpeted floors are high-maintenance and magnets for dust mites. They should be vacuumed daily, but even that may not be enough for people with severe allergies. If you're attached to your carpet, consider investing in a vacuum cleaner with a double-layered microfilter bag or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which prevents dust from being re-introduced into the air. Otherwise, stick to hardwood, vinyl, linoleum or tile flooring.
* Keep tidy closets. Garments stored in closets shed lots of fiber. So unless you want a blast of dust confetti each time you open the closet door, it's best to store things in garment bags, plastic containers and boxes.
* Remove clutter from floors. Organize piles of clothing, toys, magazines, books on the floor. Clearing around them won't take care of the dust that has settled in or around them.