What causes dust and how to reduce it

  • By: Bee
  • Date: May 6, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Dust, as defined by the dictionary, is created by airborne particles of fine dry matter from the surface of the ground. Personally, I’d describe it as a pain in the backside, gets everywhere, and is often a nightmare to clean up.

Whichever way you want to describe it. There is no doubt that dust can indeed be a complete nightmare to disperse. No sooner have you wiped it from the surfaces in one area of the house. It settles somewhere else a few feet away. It can seem like a vicious circle of never-ending dust.

What Does Dust Consist Of?

Once we discover what contributes to the dust that accumulates in our home, it can come as quite a shock. It includes, among others, pollen, blowing dirt, bacteria, pollutants, animal dander, pollutants mold, decomposing insects, dead skin, and dust mites. And wait for it-dust mite excrement.

Where Does Dust Gather?

It would be safe to say, pretty much everywhere. But there are certain rooms in the house and particular furniture and appliances that suffer from the wrath of dust more than others.

The bedroom, for instance, attracts dust like bees to a honeypot. Bedrooms contain a multitude of fabrics. From pillows to duvets and carpets to curtains, and many more besides. Maybe add a TV into the equation, and it’s no wonder we often start sneezing when we enter our place of sleep.

The living room is another place where dust often gathers. The prime dust collecting suspects in this room are TVs and other electronic equipment-as well as the usual carpets and upholstered furniture.

Kitchens don’t escape the invasion from dust either. Just rub your fingers across the top of the freezer or fridge. And if you happen to have a separate laundry or utility room, take a look behind the tumble dryer. Shocking, isn’t it.

Keeping windows open for long periods to try and rid your home of dust is not always an option. Besides, it can sometimes allow just as much dust in as it’s cleared out. This is especially the case with pollen.

But don’t hold up the white flag yet. You are never going to eliminate dust from your home completely. But there are certain methods you can use to at least keep it to a minimum.


We have already spoken about the most common places where dust accumulates, such as carpets, curtains, and TVs. However, some other items and appliances are just as guilty when it comes to attracting dust. Some more so.

But for now, let us concentrate on the rooms we have already talked about and the dust gathering items and furniture inside. We can tackle things such as air conditioning later. Know what tools to use, how to use them, and most importantly, how to rid your house of dust completely. Well. Almost completely.


The very design of blinds screams ‘dust trap.’ Blinds, particularly the vertical types, can not only attract dust, depending on the material, can also become stained. You can clean both sets of blinds in the same way.

You can use a vacuum cleaner to clear away the dust. Some cleaners come with a special attachment specifically for blinds and curtains. For a deeper clean and to rid fabric blinds of stains, you can soak them in a bath of warm water mixed with a cup of baking soda. Leave them for an hour, then rinse off with warm water. Complete the job by wiping the blinds with a dry cloth to disperse any excess dust.


Be careful when cleaning your TV. For obvious reasons, never use spray cleaners to wash away dust from the back of the set. Instead, use a suitable vacuum cleaner attachment or a soft microfiber cloth.

It’s not only the back of TV sets where dust accumulates. The screen is also another favorite place for dust to lay rest. For a clearer, dust-free viewing experience, you can gently wipe the screen in a circular motion with a lint-free cloth.

Tops and Surfaces

This includes tops of doors, freezers and fridges, work surfaces, and tables. All you need is a basic mix of dish soap and water. To remove the dust and dirt, wipe over the surfaces and tops of doors and fridges until light lather forms. Use a clean cloth to wipe away the residue and dry any excess moisture to avoid stealing or water spots.

Lights and Fittings

These can attract a lot of dust, so they need to be cleaned regularly. Remove any bulbs. Make sure they are cooled first. Wipe them down gently with a soft cloth. Any pendants, crystals, or other small attachments should be soaked in warm water and completely dried before reassembling. You can use a damp cloth to clean any bases and wipe dry with a soft cloth.


To keep dust mites away, or at least under control, upholstery should be vacuumed as often as possible. Before you vacuum, you can use a stiff brush to loosen any stubborn particles of dust or dirt. These will then be sucked up the hoover.

Tumble Dryers

These major dust gatherers should be cleaned regularly as a build-up of fluff and dust can cause fires. First, switch off the machine by the mains and unplug it. Clean around the drum area using a stainless-steel cleaner and ensuring you get in all the crevices. 

Take out the lint filter and remove any accumulated fluff with your fingers. Vacuum the lint filter area using a narrow vacuum attachment and ensure you check the vents.

Bits and Pieces

Too much clutter usually equals too much dust. Try and avoid clumping things such as ornaments and other small items to close together. Not only will it attract dust, cleaning it up will be a tedious and lengthy task.

Books, or more importantly, bookshelves can attract a lot of dust. To keep dust to a minimum you can line your shelves with a dust cover. The plastic or vinyl sheaths will help keep most if not all dust away from your shelves and books.

Air Conditioning

As promised. We now look at cleaning dust from another major culprit in the dust gathering stakes. Before you begin to clean your A/C unit, make sure it is switched off by unplugging it and switching it off at the mains.

Use a vacuum attachment to gently clean the dust and debris from the filter. Rinse off the filter with warm water and detergent. If the filter is excessively dirty, you can soak it in a mixture of white vinegar and water to clean and sanitize it.

Ensure your filter is completely dry before putting it back in the unit. To clean around the areas where the filter sits, use a soft dry cloth. A toothbrush can be used to unlogged any stubborn dust or grime.


It can sometimes seem like a war that can never be won. But so long as you keep on top of dust, which is made easier with planning, you can bring peace to your home. Create a cleaning rota and checklist. That way you’ll know what areas have been done, and you won’t forget areas that are prone to collecting dust.

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