Dust bunnies sound cute. The problem is, they’re not. Dust bunnies are simply balls of hair and dust and dirt which have grown so large that they can roll around the home, like indoor tumbleweeds. The key to banishing dust bunnies lies in how to reduce dust in home.
Dust bunnies usually grow (and multiply!) in out-of-the-way places, such as under beds or other furniture, where they remain unnoticed until an errant breeze tumbles them into view—generally at a very inopportune time.
But it is more than just that dust bunnies are unsightly. For many people, especially people with allergies of one kind or another, dust bunnies can become a health issue. So for all of these reasons, there needs be an all-out war on dust bunnies, and take no prisoners.
Fortunately for Viewpoints readers, there are many products designed to eradicate dust bunnies. The problem is, sometimes the very act of cleaning stirs up even more dust, adding to the problem rather than reducing it.
Busting dust bunnies
According to Viewpoints reviewers, handheld dust busting vacuums, when used conscientiously, are one answer to the dust bunny dilemma. The problem with dust-buster-style hand vacs is that they are usually only useful once dust bunnies have actually formed. The real secret to battling dust bunnies is to stop them before they have a chance to grow – and (seemingly) multiply.
Part of the problem is in defining what dust is in the first place. One definition combines a lot of different particulates, such as tiny particles of dirt, dead skin, fibers, soot, pollen, paint, and even food. If all of these are included in the definition of “dust,” then one thing should be abundantly clear: we need something damp to trap the dust as we attempt to clean it.
How to reduce dust in home: Damp vs. Dry
There are many dust sprays (Read reviews of Pledge or Endust) designed to dampen a cloth or a mop head in order to increase its efficiency. Or try a damp mops, such as the Swiffer or the Bissell, all of which help greatly in the battle against bunnies.
The point is, damp dusting or damp mopping picks up far more dust (and so helps eradicate dust bunnies) than dry dusting, which tends to merely move the dust around from place to place.
More strategies to defeat the dreaded bunnies
There are other things everyone can do to reduce the number of dust bunnies living in a home. Start by reducing the number of knick-knacks around the home. The more surface area there is in a home, the more dust that tends to collect.
Viewpoints reviewers have written reviews of several air purifiers that can pull a large percentage of dust out of the air before it has a chance to coalesce into unsightly bunnies. Placing an air purifier in rooms that are frequently used or that often have open windows can help to keep the bunny population low.
Closing windows and using tight weave doormats can also help reduce dust in the home. Keep air filters, such as those in furnaces and air conditioners, clean. Maintaining an indoor humidity level of approximately 50 percent reduces the static charges that attract dust and that can make dust so difficult to remove. Read what Viewpoints reviewers think are the best humidifiers here.
It may not be possible to eliminate dust from a home entirely, but by following the advice in this article and by using damp cloths and damp mops to pick up and remove dust, Viewpoints readers can take a big step in the long-range battle against the dust bunny.