Exactly What's In Household Dust?



Spring is a time when many people engage in top-to-bottom housecleaning. During this ritualistic time, they polish things until they gleam, possibly beating on rugs with some kind of club, and leaving the house smelling like a Lysol factory. One thing becomes quickly evident: dust is the enemy. Have you ever considered what’s in household dust? It seems plausible that much of household dust is human skin. Every hour, you lose over half a million dead skin cells, and let’s face it, all that discarded “you” has to go someplace. In reality, among the clothing fibers, bacteria, dust mites, bits of dead bugs, soil particles, pollen, and dirt tracked in from outdoors, skin is just a drop in the bucket. The bad news is, dust gets re-suspended when it’s disturbed and will recirculate throughout the house, picking up substances before returning once more to the floor. Even worse, vacuuming only removes about 10% of the dirt entrenched in carpet fibers and pads. So, what can you do in the war against dust? The best answer is to replace your carpeting with wood floors and buy yourself a good mop.