The Chemicals in Household Dust – and How to Avoid Them

How toxic is your household dust?

Did you know that household dust can often contain harmful chemicals including phthalates, pesticides, brominated fire retardants and countless other pollutants tracked in from outdoors, or shed from your inside furnishings and appliances? Indoor pollution is often significantly worse than outdoor.

Five things you can do

  • Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter.
  • Dust regularly with something like the Norwex dust mitt or dry mop that actually picks up the dust, doesn’t just spread it around, or dust with a damp cloth (not with a synthetic spray!). Make sure to dust around the back of electronics such as stereos and TVs, these are a common source of toxic fire retardants.
  • Take off your shoes at the door and/or invest in a high quality microfibre entry mat (the Norwex entry mat will take 85% of the contaminants off your shoes in 4 steps – it’s still better to take them off or change to indoor shoes as well though).
  • Use non-toxic cleaning products.
  • Avoid artificially fragranced candles, air fresheners, reeds or other fragrance products.

Find more ideas on cleaning your indoor air in the archives, and for more on toxic dust check out this article from the Environment Working Group.

  2 comments for “The Chemicals in Household Dust – and How to Avoid Them

  1. June 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Take advantage of smart cleaning solutions and tools that help streamline the process. Think about different changes you can make in your day to day life that will cut down on the amount of dust generated in your home to begin with.
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  2. June 28, 2017 at 5:01 am

    We’ve stopped using chemical based cleaning products ever since my son was diagnosed with skin asthma. It’s amazing how powerful (and not to mention cheaper) vinegar, baking soda, and lemons are!

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