How do you remove dust from the air?

In this blog post, we will discuss “How do you remove dust from the air?” Firstly, we will see the basics of air pollution. Then, we will know the meaning of dust. And at last, we will discuss the solutions to remove dust from the air.  

How do you remove dust from the air?

Air pollution is one of the most significant concerns of mankind. Air pollution contains many pollutants such as dust, dirt and chemical contaminants. These pollutants can seriously affect human health. Dust in the air is considered a health concern to the following people:

  • Sensitive to allergies
  • Weak immune system and existing medical condition
  • Older adults
  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • Toddlers and crawling infants

Let’s see the basics of air pollution.

What is air pollution?

The introduction of harmful agents into the atmosphere is known as air pollution. The toxic agents are known as pollutants. These pollutants are derived from natural and human activities, and they can be chemical or biological.

Major pollutants present in the air are particulate matter (PM), ground-level ozone (O3), NO2, SO2, and CO. Air also has lead, allergens, bacteria, viruses and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Besides climate change, air pollution has become a significant environmental risk to human health. 

What is Outdoor and Indoor pollution?

Air pollution in the outside environment is called outdoor pollution. The examples of outdoor pollution are as follows:

  • Transportation
  • Combustion of fossil fuel
  •  Cooking activities
  • Energy generation and consumption
  • Agriculture
  •  Improper Solid Waste Management
  • Industries and factories
  • Household pollution
  • Celebrations
  • Construction and demolition

Air pollution created inside any closed structure is called indoor pollution. The examples of indoor pollution are as follows:

  • Household activities 
  • Perfumes and fresheners 
  • Cooking fuel/activities
  • Cigarette 
  • Radon 
  • Poor ventilation 
  • Uncleaned furniture 
  • Pets 
  • Asbestos

 There are two leading causes of air pollution- natural pollution (happened due to natural events like dust storms) and anthropogenic pollution (happened due to human activities like combustion of fossil fuels).

What is dust?

Household activities generate a maximum amount of dust, and it is composed of different other sub-pollutants such as pollens, food debris and even fine heavy metals. Your skin also has dead skin cells, contributing to dust pollution. The size of the dust particles ranges from 10 to 0.3 microns in diameter. For example, a sharp pencil dot drawn on paper is about 200 microns in diameter. In addition, dust can trigger allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes. Moreover, dust can make you feel tired and irritated.

As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors. The US EPA also stated that air pollutants indoors are two to five times higher than in the ambient environment. 

Don’t worry, let’s see the solution to remove the dust from the air.

Solutions to remove the dust from the air

Shoe Care

Before entering your house, you can place a doormat to wipe your shoes. However, your slippers and feet can carry dust particles into the house. Therefore, you should avoid using outside shoes as they contain lots of dust and mud. In addition, you should wash your feet after entering the house so that you will not carry any sort of dust inside the house.

Carpet Care

Carpets can add beauty and cosiness to your bedroom but, they can attract many airborne pollutants. Airborne pollutants such as dust get settled on carpets. Further, the air can get carried away and linger in the room. Thus, you can feel coughing and sneezing when you inhale them. Therefore, I would strongly recommend carpeting a minimum floor area. Or if possible, you can avoid using carpets too. If your bedroom already has carpet, don’t worry. You should manage the cleanliness of the carpets effectively. It would be best to vacuum the carpet at least twice a week.

If the weather permits, and if you have a free space outside your house, then you can take the carpet or rug outside and beat them to take out all the dust particles. Make sure you cover your nose correctly with a mask and handkerchief. There are rug beaters available on online portals and your nearest market. Rug beaters can be made of rattan, wire or plastic, and they all help remove the dust more effectively than vacuuming. More brownie points: it can burn your calories more.

Proper Maintenance of your home

While designing or upgrading your house, you can opt for construction materials and home stuff which will attract less dust. For example, you can choose weatherproof doors and windows for less dust accumulation. Besides, you can also seal any cracks and crevices of the walls. Such gaps and crevices can attract pests and insects to reside and can bring dust and dirt too. You can’t clean these cracks. Thus, it would be best if you seal them. Even if you replace curtains with blinds, they attract a lot of dust. Clean the blinds as maximum dust settles on them.

Dust away the dust

You can decrease poor air quality by adequately maintaining indoor hygiene. For example, appliances and open surface areas of furniture pieces attract a lot of dust. Thus, I suggest you clean these surfaces with a damp cloth or wet sponge. One of the top tips is to begin cleaning the house from the top and end it at the bottom floor. This process will prevent suspending dust particles in the air and make the bottom floor dirty much.

Also, don’t use any dry-dusting surface cleaners and agents containing toxic materials. Researchers say that these poisonous chemicals attract dust. Instead, you can use safer products such as baking soda instead of harsh chemicals to clean the surfaces.

You can prefer choosing more hair-friendly products to clean indoors. For example, you can select water-based products or have a low presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). First, however, it is vital to clean the glass windows. These glass windows of your room are exposed to many types of toxic pollutants externally.

In addition, they also come in contact with indoor airborne contaminants. Therefore, it is necessary to clean the windows with eco-friendly cleaning agents. You can also paint your home walls with a brush rather than a sprayer.

Use fabric softener

Computers and televisions are a favourite place for the dust to settle. However, you can prevent the dust from settling there. You can use dryer softener sheets to reduce static cling and keep the dust away. If you don’t have dryer softener sheets, I have another solution. You can use a liquid fabric softener. First, you need to dampen a dust cloth with a fabric softener. Then, you can clean wooden surfaces and shower doors too.

Reuse laundered baby wipes

Baby wipes can effectively clean the dust around the house. Baby wipes are antibacterial and disinfectant. Some brands of baby wipes can remove dust even after being laundered.

Vacuum Regularly

It is always best to vacuum almost regularly your house floors to avoid the build-up of dust and dirt particles. I strongly recommend periodically cleaning if you live in an intense pollution zone. If you live in an area with good air quality, you can vacuum once a week. However, if you live with your furry friends, it is necessary to vacuum often. You can also vacuum curtains.

 I suggest you invest in a good-quality vacuum with built-in HEPA filters. To keep the good health of your vacuum, you need to clean those filters when required and besides, you can change them regularly. Below, I am suggesting you some good vacuum cleaners.

Vacuum CleanersWhy do I recommend it?
Kenmore Intuition BU4020 Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner Lightweight and ManeuverableCan effectively clean floors and carpetsEliminates pet furContains high-grade HEPA filters
Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum Cleaner PortableContains HEPA filtrationBaglessAnti- Allergen Technology which works with HEPA filters
Bissell 2252 CleanView Swivel Upright Bagless Vacuum Carpet Cleaner Bagless Effectively pick up the pet hairEasy to useFilters can be replaced

Mopping the floors

You can prefer mopping of the floors after vacuuming. For this, you can use the wet mopping method to clean the floors. Make sure you choose non-toxic cleaners. As mentioned earlier, you can also use warm water with soap or vinegar. Even if you like strong scented odours, don’t use them for mopping—these may contain toxic chemicals. Also, while mopping any kind of surface, make sure you start from the top and end at the bottom so that you can catch the fallen dust. 

Use HEPA Air filters

If you are using an artificial source of heating and cooling your house, I suggest you use high-quality filters and clean them at least twice a year. You can also replace them as per the machine guidelines. Besides, I would suggest you use air purifiers to maintain healthy air. Air purifiers can quickly reduce the dust pollution present in the house.

The best kind of air purifiers in the market always have HEPA filters as their features. HEPA means High-Efficiency Particulate Air. Excellent quality of HEPA filters can eliminate around 99.97% of airborne particles, and it monitors and decreases the dust in your home. Besides, it would be best to use air purifiers with ionizers that have on/off capabilities.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers help to improve indoor air quality. The risk of getting air pollution-related diseases decreases due to air purifiers. Air purifiers having good HEPA filters do an adequate job of filtering pollutants.

Below, I am providing you with the recommended list of air purifiers.

NameWhy I recommend it
Blueair Pro XL Air Purifier●    99.7% of airborne pollutants such as mould, allergens, smoke particles and pollens are captured.
AIRMEGA 400S●    Reduction of 99.97% of particulates of 0.3 microns.●    Also responsible for reducing more than 99% of VOCs, NH3 and CH3CHO.●    Washable and permanent pre-filters are available
Blueair Pure 121●    Includes 3-part filtration system.●     Captures 99% of common airborne PM 2.5 pollutants such as allergens, odours, smoke, mould spores, dust mites and pet dander.●    An activated carbon filter removes common odours caused by smoke, pets, and gases (VOCs) and smoke caused by wildfires.

Air Ionizer

Air ionizers are machines that eliminate airborne pollutants using negative ions. The main job of this machine is to help the particles settle and then gather out of the air. Unfortunately, the negative ions released from the ionizers attach to microscopic particles such as tobacco smoke. This results in electrically charged particles clumping together on the surfaces like walls, ceilings, carpets, rugs, etc. However, once they are landed, they need to be cleaned up.

The ozone produced from ionizers can deactivate viruses in the air and surfaces. Ionizers with California Air Resource Board (CARB) certification are acceptable. However, ozone can irritate and cause throat irritation, lung inflammation, and asthma. So, I suggest using this device only when you feel it is needed.

Don’t stagnate the indoor air

Always make sure that you are keeping your house well ventilated. It would be best if you keep the doors of your balconies and windows open whenever the weather permits. Stagnant air contains dust particles and can make you allergic to them. Allowing constant airflow can help clean the dust from the air. Therefore, it is better to keep your room well-ventilated.

If the weather is not allowing for natural air to pass through your home, you need to use air purifiers. Air purifiers help to maintain a healthy atmosphere in the house. It is okay with air purifiers to invest in good humidifiers and dehumidifiers. They allow you to balance the humidity levels indoors. You must be wondering which to buy.

Humidifiers

The humidity levels in the office should be maintained between 30 and 50% in the office. This range helps keep dust mites, mould and other allergens under control. In addition, when AC or heater makes the air in the room dry, humidifiers can maintain correct humidity levels.

Humidifiers I recommend

NameWhy I recommend it
Amazon Basics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier●    4 litre of tank capacity●    Auto shut-off feature and 12 or 24-hour timer settings●    It can be used in both seasons
MOVTIP Humidifier●    Portable Mini-humidifier●    500 ml capacity, still produces longer mists●    Easy to operate
LEVOIT Humidifier●    It can be used for both seasons●    6 litres of capacity●    Easy to clean and has a remote control

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers also work similarly to humidifiers. It controls the high levels of humidity in the office.

Dehumidifiers I recommend

NameWhy I recommend it
Pro Breeze Dehumidifier●    Can extract 50 pints of moisture a day●    Energy-saving auto-off system●    Built-in Humidity sensor
HOmeLabs Dehumidifier●    Eliminates moistness, odour controller●    Easy to clean●    Removable water tank
TCL Portable Dehumidifier●    20 pints of moisture removed per day●    It can be operated at low temperatures too●    Easy to maintain

Don’t overcrowd the furniture

I love to decorate my bedroom. I also like to add new cute artifacts and upgrade furniture pieces. But, I suggest you be practical and plan while choosing and buying such items. Try to arrange your furniture and other accessories in a spacious manner; don’t clutter them. Reducing clutter can decrease dust accumulation, bacteria, mould, mites, and fungi.

The presence of cockroaches can increase the risk of asthma. Minimizing clutter of furniture can significantly mitigate indoor dust pollution. I also feel that soft boards in your kid’s bedroom can accumulate fine and ultrafine dust particles. Such accumulated dust and pollutants can trigger asthmatic symptoms in your children and irritate their lungs. Instead, you can use metal wall grids to pin up the important notes and drawings. In addition, you can also use these metal wall grids to decorate the room walls. You can clean this wall grid with a damp cloth and improve the air quality in your room.

Groom your pets

It’s essential to keep your furry friends clean and happy. Dead skin cells and dead hair are the primary sources of dust. Unfortunately, the pet fur and dander can float inside the room and settle on the carpets, clothing, furniture and other open decks. These can cause an allergic reaction and asthmatic symptoms. Besides, pet allergies can have various symptoms such as runny nose, shortness of breath and coughing. Regular bathing will help their skin breathe.

For instance, give your doggies a nice bath with hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner. These products can keep them safe from indoor air pollution and help keep the room clean of pet fur and dander. Pollens and allergens might get stuck in their hair and further absorbed by the skin. You can use the litter box for kitties and keep it covered to hold down the dust. This can result in various infections and can prevent air pollution too. Keep them well-groomed

Indoor Plants

Indoor Plants helps to purify indoor air quality. Firstly, due to the photosynthesis process, they inhale all carbon dioxide and, in return, supply fresh oxygen indoors. Many scientists have observed that these plants remove toxins too. In addition, these plants can absorb all cancer-causing volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde and benzene. These indoor plants are also easy to maintain.

The indoor plants which I recommend are as follows:

Snake plant

English Ivy

Peace Lily

Red-Edged Dracaena

Boston Fern

Spider Plant

Weeping fig

Bamboo Palm 

Rubber Plant

While indoor plants help clean the dust and other pollutants in the air, it is also essential to clean them. This is because the leaves of these indoor plants can gather a lot of dust on their surface. Such dust coating on leaves can make you feel unhealthy and prevent the plants from performing photosynthesis.

 To clean its leaves, I recommend using a microfiber cloth to remove the dust. However, you should gently clean the dust without harming the plants. One of the surprising tips is to use mayonnaise to bring back the shiny leaves.

Fireplace care

If you have a fireplace in your house, make sure that the flue damper is wholly open. This will reduce the clogging of dust, dirt and smoke particles from the fireplace. In addition, it will further prevent the release of carbon monoxide, which is often omitted due to incomplete combustion.

The National Fire Protection Association states that fireplaces and vents should be inspected at least yearly. Also, it would be best if you cleaned your chimney with your chimney sweep log. However, such cosy fires can turn dangerous for your health. Thus, I recommend using energy-saving electric heaters installed permanently in essential corners of the room.

Opt for an advanced type of furnace filters

Furnace filters help people living inside the house breathe safe and clean air after the air has been heated or cooled by AC and heaters. The more advanced furnace filters will reduce air pollution than the traditional ones. These filters are made to clean the air up to 99.97%.

Closet Care

Less used and less prioritized clothes can get dirty, and dust can settle on them. Thus, it is necessary to arrange your closet correctly. It is also essential to wash away dirty clothes. Besides, stray cotton and polyester fibres from clothes, bedding and pillows cause dust. To avoid dust in the closet, you can use vacuum-sealed bags and garment bags. Keep the clothes needed for the season, and keep the rest in the garment bags.

Clean your Beddings

Your bedsheet and curtains might contain dust particles, minute volatile organic compounds and pet dander. These can get suspended in the atmosphere, and you can inhale them without your knowledge. Thus, washing the bedding once a week in hot water is necessary to remove all the dirt and dust particles.

Table Manners Matter

You might feel I am giving a rather odd solution to prevent dust, but the correct table manners can indeed prevent dust in the air. Here’s how. If you move around and eat, the food particles will fall on the floor. As a result, it will attract many insects and pests to eat them. The presence of insect parts and debris will eventually end up as dust. Thus, eating at one place will prevent such invitation of dust.

No smoking policy

Smoking cigarettes, hookahs (shisha), electric vape or any other types of cigars are not at all suitable for your health. I strongly recommend of stop smoking indoors and outdoors too. Active and passive smoking directly exposes harmful pollutants to your body. This causes the risk to your respiration and other organs dependent on it. Besides, cigarette butts can trigger particulate pollution. Moreover, smoke associated with tobacco and other smoking goods produces innumerable cancer-causing substances which are not suitable for human health of all ages- right from womb to older adults.

Other FAQs about Air Quality that you may be interested in.

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Conclusion

In this blog post, we discussed “How do you remove dust from the air?” Firstly, we saw the basics of air pollution. Then, we saw the meaning of dust. And at last, we discussed the solutions to remove dust from the air. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How do you remove dust from the air?

How does the air get polluted?

Air pollution can occur in multiple ways. Human activities such as the transportation sector, industrial processes, and combustion of fossil fuels generate particulates and other toxic gases such as sulphur and nitrogen oxides. Natural events also create air pollution. Some of the instances are volcanic eruptions and dust storms.

What are the causes of air pollution?

The causes of air pollution are as follows:

  • The burning of fossil fuels
  • Indoor Air pollution
  • Wildfires
  • Decomposition
  • Vehicular pollution
  • Construction and demolition activities

Which produces the most pollution?

The burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heat and transportation is the most produced pollution. These activities are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. GHG emissions from the transportation sector come from cars, trucks, ships, trains and aeroplanes.

Which country is carbon negative?

Bhutan country is the only country in the world to become carbon negative.

Which country has the highest and least emissions?

China has the highest emissions; they are the most significant contributor of CO2 emissions. In contrast, Tuvalu country has the lowest carbon footprint in the world. They continue to be in such a state by avoiding fossil fuels.

Who leads the world in air pollution?

China leads the world in air pollution. The United States and India follow this.

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