The Shocking Effects of Dusting on Your Health

Dusting your home has been a reliable part of every homeowner’s cleaning repertoire, but did you know that it may be damaging to your health? Find out how here.

Dusting

Have you been dusting your home recently? Did you feel a little congested afterward? You’re not alone.

While our moms may have taught us to dust, there are some shocking side effects of dusting. 

Read This Before You Begin Dusting

When you’re cleaning the house, you need to dust, vacuum, and mop…right? 

Wrong.

It turns out that when you’re dusting, you’re often just spreading the dust around, releasing it back into the air, and breathing it into your lungs. 

In the United States, the average home collects 40 pounds of dust annually. Yuck. But you need to be careful about how you get rid of it. Here are some of the ways dusting can impact your health:

Hantavirus

You can contract hantavirus by breathing in airborne particles. These particles have been contaminated with the saliva, urine, and droppings of infected deer mice. 

Infections can be fatal, and symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Couch
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever

To avoid this potentially deadly virus, you need to be aware of the risk and avoid inhaling contaminated air particles. People are usually exposed when they’re cleaning up enclosed buildings like homes, trailers, garages, barns, and sheds. 

If you’ve noticed rodent droppings, it’s crucial that you take precautions before cleaning.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic and live in our homes. They have eight legs and are related to spiders and ticks. They also like to eat the dead skin cells that we’re constantly shedding each day.

Your mattress will have anywhere from 100,000 and 10 million mites living inside it. And one square yard of carpet will have around 100,000 mites who have made themselves at home.

While dust mites can’t bite, they leave a lot of waste behind. One single mite can lay more than 20 droppings each day. And it’s the droppings that are the problem- they’re full of nasties that can make us sick. By dusting, you’re disturbing those droppings and releasing them into the air, where you can inhale them into your lungs.

Allergies and Asthma

If you or your family members have watery eyes, coughing, congestion, or gastrointestinal problems, the dust mites could be the problem. The same goes for respiratory issues like COPD and asthma. 

The dust mite droppings have up to 20 different allergens which enter our bloodstream when they’re disturbed. Dusting releases these into the air, where they can provoke asthma attacks and lead to allergies, conjunctivitis, and eczema. 

What Should You Do Instead of Dusting?

While dusting disturbs harmful allergens, you can still keep your home dust-free. If you’re wiping down a surface, use a microfiber towel, or wet a cloth before you begin so the dust will stick to the cloth as you wipe.

You should also consider getting an allergen filter. At Excell, we have both allergen and antimicrobial filters, to keep you and your family healthy. These filters eliminate dust, dust mites, and allergens, decreasing time spent dusting, and helping your family breathe easy. 

If you’d like to learn more about how these filters can help, get in touch today with any questions.