Thank you to Bona for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to create a healthy home. As usual, all opinions and dust bunnies are my very own.
Waha-waha-wa wah wa wa… Waha-waha-wa wah wa wahh (sung to the tune of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).
As the cowboy walked across the dusty trail, he could barely see the barn in the distance. Then, miraculously, the dust cleared and there it was – his horse and cow and lamb were safe, although not quite where they were supposed to be…
But we’re not talking the wild, wild west here, people. We’re talking about my house! I’m mortified to tell you how bad my floors had gotten, with the spring pollen, the grand-toddler and the grandpuppy. I half expected tumbleweed to roll down the hall any minute!
Oh, that’s really bad. And folks, dust and pollen just aren’t my friends. Maybe I have a super-hyper histamine system, but I sneeze and snort my way through the season. I must not be alone, because May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!
So, in homage to cowboys and dust-bowls everywhere, here is how I try to keep the ‘outlaws’ at bay:
- Change the A/C filter regularly – My utility company suggests changing the filter each month when you pay your power bill. Not a bad idea.
- Wear a mask when cleaning or working outside – yeah, I know. You don’t want to look stupid, ruin your makeup or let people think you’re paranoid. I promise… you won’t and they won’t! When we visited Tokyo, people wore masks to work, on the subway, pretty much everywhere they went in their daily life!
- Launder bedding on a regular basis. You should change your sheets once a week and wash other bedding regularly. The bedroom is where dust mites (eek!) like to hang out and they are extremely bad for allergies.
- Clean window treatments seasonally – Those curtains and blinds are going to collect dust and pollen. It’s a sad fact. Cleaning them is especially crucial in bedrooms.
- Dust on a regular basis – AFTER vacuuming. Vacuuming often sends dust particles swirling, so make sure to dust afterward to round up all the ‘escapees’!
- Vacuum carpets weekly, if not twice a week – Our heating and cooling guy told me ages ago that most household dust comes from carpet. (This goes for oriental and area rugs too… vacuum regularly, and have them professionally cleaned every 3-5 years, or as needed.) There’s no way to corral all those fibers. A tight weave, like berber, is better than shag, but hardwoods are better still! And finally…
- Clean hardwoods regularly. When we bought our house, the builder left a floor-cleaning system in the new home, consisting of Bona hardwood cleaner and a Bona mop. It has been the best floor cleaning system I’ve ever used.
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Happy Trails, Pardners!