When was the last time you looked under your bed? What about your couch? Dust bunnies can hide anywhere in your home but they most commonly form in these undisturbed locations. So what exactly is a dust bunny and how does it form?
How Dust Bunnies Form
It really doesn’t take much for a dust bunny to form. To understand how they form it’s easiest to start with what they’re made of. They can essentially start with any random piece of dust or hair. Think of this piece of dust as the first snow flake in a snow ball – from here we’re only getting bigger! As further pieces of dust, hair, lint, dead skin (yuck!), spider webs and light rubbish blow move around the room they pick up static electricity.
This static electricity causes the individual pieces to come together, forming a ball. All to this some subtle airflow from a forced air furnace or opening and closing doors or having a window open and these little balls keep moving around, picking up more and more particles along the way. Before you know it you have the dreaded dust bunny.
Why Worry About Dust Bunnies
There are several reasons to be concerned about dust bunnies in your home. First – given they’re made of dust, hair, lint, dead skin and spider webs they’re pretty gross to begin with. The other major issue is they can be home to parasites such as dust mites. The gross part about dust mites stomach contains enzymes that can trigger allergic reactions such as wheezing. That’s right – dust mite poop can be causing your allergies!
How to Combat Dust Bunnies
There are several things you can do to help control dust bunnies in your home:
- Start with a regular cleaning schedule. As a minimum you should use a static dusting mop head to pass under your bed, dressers, couches and behind doors biweekly.
- Wash bed linens weekly. Believe it or not your bed is a huge source of dead skin cells! By washing your sheets weekly you remove this from your home and ensure they don’t blow around your home.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. We love the Dyson Vacuum with it’s “no loss of suction” technology. Also they’re one of the few vacuums certified by the Asthma Society of Canada.
- Clean rugs frequently. At a minimum you want to clean the mats at your entryways once a month. Imagine all the dirt you track in from outside!
- Replace furnace air filters. As they become increasingly clogged with dust they loose their efficiency and their ability to trap dirt.
- Avoid Sweeping. This only disturbs the dirt and pushes it into the air. Use a vacuum instead to suck up dirt (remember the HEPA filter) and use static dusting heads to attract the dirt rather than just pushing it around.
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