Have you been asking yourself lately, what takes the dust out of the air? You may be asking yourself this because you’ve moved into an area with a stone quarry close by, or onto a farm and dust is a part of everyday life. But does it have to be? And are there any ways to clean the air effectively so that you don’t deal with it? The good news is that there are ways to deal with airborne dust. That is what we will be looking at this list.

The presence of dust in the air can be very harmful in addition to just simply being irritating. From the air, the dust will settle on whatever it can, which means more work dusting off furniture and different things around the space. Dust can also cause allergic reactions and also be a trigger for asthma as well as other respiratory problems. but you can deal with dust before it becomes an issue. Let’s check out how to do this.

Ordered list

  • Use fabric softener
  • Make sure that your HVAC has a good air filter 
  • Air purifiers
  • Clean your home
  • Keep windows and doors closed. 

Expanded list

Use fabric softener

Dusting your home or office space is something that you need to do often and effectively. As you do this, it is important that you do not dry dust. Airborne dust can come from cleaning. As you dust or sweep, you raise the dust and this is how it gets airborne. 

This is not as effective as dusting with a damp cloth. Spray on some fabric softener and wipe down surfaces. The fabric softener will help reduce static electricity which greatly reduces the occurrence of dust on the surfaces. Dry dusting simply shifts the dust but doesn’t deal with it. 

Make sure that your HVAC has a good air filter 

If you have a heating and ventilation air conditioning system in your building, then you can be proactive and make sure that it has a HEPA filter to trap small particles such as dust in the air before it even has a chance to settle. You need to keep on top of the situation of how clean your filters are. If they are overdue for a change, it can do the opposite of helping you. 

Having a filter in your HVAC system means that every time that you turn on your heater or air-con, you are also cleaning the air of any dust particles that maybe there. 

Air Purifier

Sometimes getting to the HVAC in your building is not possible. An air purifier is a unit that you can have anywhere within your home. Depending on its capacity, an air purifier can clean the air in a single room or the whole house. When you buy an air purifier specifically to help you deal with dust, you will need to ensure that it has a HEPA filter. 

A HEPA filter is a high-efficiency particulate air filter. One of its advantages is its ability to capture even the smallest of particles. This includes dust. They filter out very fine particles, right down to viruses. Make sure that you also understand how and when to replace the filters, so that they don’t work against you, spreading the same dust that they have been filtering. 

Clean your home often.

Make sure to clean your home or space often. Vacuum your floors at least twice a week. This will help you get rid of dust in the home and subsequently in the air. Vacuum drapes, clean your bedding linen, also clean furnishings. These are some of the common places that trap and generate dust. Cleaning them often can help reduce the amount of dust.

You could also ensure that the vacuum that you use has a HEPA filter which is specifically made to deal with small particles. If you have hardwood floors, wipe them with your damp mop at least twice a week. The damp cloth helps reduce dust, and dust on the floor can easily be kicked into the air as you walk around.

Whilst you may think that you can clean your home with just about any type of cloth, some will make your job easier. Use a microfiber cloth, to dust surfaces. You can then dampen this slightly as long as you are certain the surface can be wiped down with a damp cloth. A microfiber cloth traps dust easier.

You can also control the amount of dust and dirt that comes into the home by making sure that you remove shoes at the door. You don’t need to be dragging in dust and dirt from outside, bring it indoors, and increase the chances of it getting airborne. 

Keep windows and doors closed. 

Studies show that about sixty per cent of the dust in our homes comes from outside, as such, you can lower the amount of dust in your home by keeping windows and doors closed as much as you can when you are not aerating the place and letting in a cool breeze.

Sometimes our windows and doors may have cracks, which let in dust that can quickly be airborne. Keep it out from the onset. Cover any of these cracks. Under a door, for example, you can use a door stopper that runs the length of the door. 

My apartment door is at the end of a longish corridor, and the wind always blows in the direction of our door, bringing along with it all the dust it can find. As such, you can imagine how much dust I’d wake up to every day, especially in the windy months.

My frustration led to my husband looking for a door stopper to keep the dust-out. Now I just have to wipe down my door on the outside, and rest assured that the dust in my house isn’t all being swept in from outside. 

Do plants remove dust from the air?

Long story short, no. Plants do not remove dust from the air. The soil the plants are growing in can be one of the sources of dust. 


Getting dust out of the air doesn’t have to be a pain. There are several ways to do this, some of which I have shared. I hope this helps you find the one that best suits your life. 

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