Cut down on the time you spend dusting and make the air in your home healthier with a few simple tips.
Reader's Digest runs down the process of reducing dust in your home by cutting out its sources. One of our favourite tips here is one many people might overlook: using your air conditioner to cut down on post-cleaning dust build-up.
All vacuums whip up dust with their "agitator" (the cylindrical brush that sweeps the carpet) or blowing exhaust stream. That dust eventually settles on the surfaces you've just cleaned. But if your forced-air heating/cooling system is equipped with a good filter, you can filter out some of that dust before it settles. Just switch your thermostat to "fan on." This turns on the blower inside your furnace and filters the air even while the system isn't heating or cooling. Leave the blower on for about 15 minutes after you're done cleaning.
Among their other tips: don't neglect to launder your bedroom comforter, like most of us do, because it can harbor a lot of dust. Pull out the old T-shirts and check out the full list below. Photo by Chaps1.