Throughout the years I have oftentimes heard moms say that the upkeep of their home isn’t as important as spending time with their children. While I would certainly never argue against that, I do think there still needs to be some balance.
After all, if you don’t want to create health problems for your children, you will at least do something about the dust. Those who are quick to pride themselves on quality time with the children, over the inch of dust covering their furniture don’t really impress me.
Dust isn’t just unpleasant to look at. It is bad for your health. Dust mites can trigger asthma, dermatitis and rhinitis. So clearly, it is important to take care of your home.
So how can you win the never-ending battle with dust? It doesn’t seem to take very long to collect. You feel like you just dusted one day and the next, it has returned.
Well, the reality is that you do need to dust on a regular basis. I prefer to use a microfiber cloth that captures the dust, instead of brushing it away.
But you can also keep the dust away by vacuuming on a daily basis, especially if you have carpeting. Dust mites imbed themselves into the fibers of your carpet. A drastic, but healthier choice would be to get rid of the carpeting and stick to hardwood, tile or vinyl floors.
Since dust mites thrives in moist areas, run a dehumidifier. An air purifier is another way to clean out the air.
Wash your bedding every week with hot water. Dust mites collect on that as well. And you should also wash the curtains and draperies at least once-a-month.
Don’t forget areas of your home that tend to be neglected when it comes to regular cleaning but collect dust just as much. This could include blinds, windowsills and the corners of the room.
Time with little Johnny is important; don’t get me wrong. But keeping the dust away just might keep the doctor away from your little one.
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