A gram of dust contains around 200 yucky house dust mites. According to a 2009 University of Arizona study, dust bunnies AKA dustball is formed with at least 2 types of dust particles. They roll with the wind and will quickly snowball into a bigger clump of dust. You can find dust bunnies loitering in carpets, inside curtain pleats, lampshade, electronic appliances, between furniture, mattress, and bed frame.
What Are Dust Bunnies Made Of?
Dust bunnies are made of dust, debris, and organic matter that are static electrically joined to form a giant clump of dust particles. Common mixture includes hair, pet hair, dead skin cells, clothing lint, fibers, and cobwebs. Outdoor contaminants and parasites i.e. dirt, soil, dust mites, dead insects. Dust bunnies can be found in places that don’t get cleaned often or hard to reach places. Popular spot includes underneath bedframe, back of the drawer, tight corner, ceiling fan blades, ventilation or top-shelf. Dust bunnies are particularly harmful to people with dust allergies or asthma. On a bad day, it will lead to chronic sneezing, itchy eyes, and many respiratory problems.
How To Get Rid of Dust Bunnies
It takes a continuous effort to banish dust bunnies from your home. Any of the below tips will work but always remember, consistent is the key. Maintain a regular cleaning routine so you would be familiarized with the pace. The less dust there is, the better the air quality one will experience.
- Vacuum at least once a week – Utilize all the attachments and extend to hard to reach places like ceiling fan blades, mattresses or door frames. For the best result, get a HEPA vacuum cleaner capable of trapping microscopic particles.
- Use a damp cloth preferable made of microfiber – For dust that has settled on high ground or tight corner, wipe it thoroughly until all dust is removed. Avoid using feather dusters has it only transfer dust from one place to another.
- Change bedding every 1-2 weeks – Dust mites love to dwell in bed sheets, pillows, and mattresses due to the warm temperature. Wash it with a high temperature over 140 °F (60 °C) that will kill off any dust mites. Opt for hypoallergenic sheet/ allergen-proof cover that protects you from dust mites.
- Keep things nice and tidy – Store clutters like toys, books, clothes inside a closed drawer, cabinet, wardrobe or container. This creates less space for dust to buildup and you have less cleaning to worry about.
- No carpeting/ floor rug – I know this is a big deal as it really living up the whole interior space, but carpet is a dust magnet pit. Take carpet or rugs outside for beating to oust particles that are trapped in it. Unless you are living to vacuum daily back and forth, consider replacing it with hardwood, linoleum, or vinyl flooring. Also no shoes over the carpet!
- Get a HEPA air purifier – The less airborne dust and particles to deal with, the harder it is to form a dust bunny. An air purifier equipped with a true HEPA filter will capture even the tiniest particulate matter before it reaches the ground.
- Keep humidity between 30-50% level – The ideal humidity reduces static charge and discourages the growth of microorganisms. Get a dehumidifier if the room dampness is too high or a humidifier is the dampness is low.
- Use doormats – A large chunk of dust bunnies comprised of outdoor dust, soil, and microorganisms. Place two doormat, one inside and one outside to reduce incoming contaminants.
- Do not wear outdoor shoes indoor – Take off your shoe and if you must wear something, wear an indoor only slipper/ room shoes instead.
- Hire professional dust bunny cleaning services – They will perform a complete deep clean of your home. Although the service might not be cheap, it is a convenient solution for bust folks or annual spring cleaning.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Are Dust Bunnies Real? Are Dust Bunnies Alive?
Dust bunnies are real and technically alive but not the fuzzy pet that you would imagine. It is alive because the ball of dust contains living microorganisms that feed of protein from skin flakes, hair, or dead insect. Because it is very lightweight, dust bunnies will move slowly to attract and accumulate nearby dust particles.
Can Dust Bunnies Bite?
Dust Bunnies are not an animal and will not bite you. However, if you are feeling an itching sensation, it is likely the entangled dust mites that are biting you.
Are Dust Bunnies Flammable?
Dust bunnies comprised of many particles that are flammable particularly towards sparks. It can be a fire hazard threat if is accumulated near electronic parts, heaters, socket, and in a low humidity environment. So clean regularly to ensure the safety of every family member in the household.