October 1

Dust It All Come From Where

Dust It All Come From Where

Dust collects in every part of our homes. What exactly is this dust? It is not clear where it came from. And why does it keep returning? Is it coming from the outside? Are they fibres in our clothing and skin cells? It’s true, but it’s much more than that.

All over Australia, people have been sending their dust and dirt to Macquarie University’s Dust Safe Program. Instead of dumping the vacuum cleaner in a bin, they pack it up and send it to us for analysis. We are now able to discover the secrets behind your dust! This program is currently available in 35 countries. Here are some of the things we know so far.

Dusts Is Everywhere

Dust is everywhere. Settles on everything in the natural environment and inside our homes and buildings, where we spend approximately 90% of our time. This is even before COVID. Some dust comes from rocks, soils, and even space. The Dust Safe program reveals that dust from Australian houses can contain nasties like:

  • Trace metals
  • radioactive elements
  • Antibiotic resistant genes are bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
  • Microplastics

Perfluorinate chemicals (PFAS), found in fire-fighting foams and stain and/or water protection for fabrics and carpets

Dust Can Remove From Your Home

One third of the trace element contaminants found in household dust are believe to originate inside the home. The rest, however, may migrate from the outside via clothing, pets, and shoes. Your pets and you are continuously contributing skin cells and hairs to dust. Decomposing insects, soil, bits of plastic, food and soil make up the dust.

One might assume that pets bringing a range of organic contaminants into your home, including faeces, is gross. There is evidence to suggest that some filth may be beneficial for your immune system and decrease allergy risk. Smoking indoors, open fireplaces, and cooking can add very fine dust to your house.

There are many chemicals in dust, including those on the UN’s Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organ Pollutants. These chemicals can cause cancer, birth defects, dysfunctional immune systems and reproductive system damage, as well as increased susceptibility to diseases and nerve injury. Pesticides, as well as chemicals used in furniture and clothing, can also be found in dust in our homes. Many household products, including children’s pyjamas, contain toxic flame retardants that can get into dust.

Microplastics can also be found in dust from clothing, packaging, carpeting, and furniture. These microplastics can be inhaled or ingested easily, especially by children who frequently put their hands in their mouths. Pefluorinate chemicals, or PFAS, are used in many domestic products such as cosmetics and non-stick surfaces. These chemicals can also be found in house dust.

Dusts From Outside Your House

Two-thirds (or more) of household dust is found outdoors. You can get road and garden soil on your shoes, or blow in on windy days. Your pets’ hair can be contaminated by outdoor dusts particles. Exhaust dusts from vehicles also gets in. Recent dust storms have brought topsoil from desert areas and farming lands to our city homes.

Bushfires can produce fine particulate atmospheric dirt, which may contain toxic elements from past pollution. Children can be expose to dust from nearby industries and mines. Bad air quality and damp homes can lead to disease and death. As you can see, dusts could also cause adverse health outcomes. Some types of dusts can be particularly harmful; tradespeople are being expose to silicosis dusts, while home renovations expose homeowners to asbestos dusts.

The increased prevalence of antibiotic-resistant genes has been link to excessive use of disinfectants and antibacterial drugs, as we can see in our dusts. Nearly one fifth of Australians suffer from allergic rhinitis hay fever, which is cause by allergens like pollen, dusts mites and pet dander.

Get Involve In The Fight Against Dust!

House dusts is a part of everyday life. Even in closed-up houses, dusts can still settle from the indoor environment and leak from ceiling cornices or attic spaces. It can also seep into living areas through cracks around doors and windows. Dusts made up of any particles of dirt, smoke or fibres that inhale into the atmosphere. There are many things you can do.

You can stop dusts from getting in. You can use doormats to keep dusts out and your shoes indoors. Towel down mud-covered pets or children at the door, and you should take off any dusty work clothes upon entry. It is possible to make informed choices about the chemicals that we allow in our homes and how they will be use.

Reduced use of pesticides, plastics, and water proofers can help reduce chemical loads. Stop using antibacterial products. To clean a surface, a damp cloth with soap or detergent is equally effective. Regular vacuuming helps enormously. Vacuum cleaners with fine particle filters (such as HEPA filters) are better at eliminating allergen-causing dust.

You can dusts with a feather duster or dry cloth, but it is more likely to circulate the dusts into the air. Use a damp cloth instead. Wet mopping hard floor surfaces removes dusts that has left behind from vacuuming or sweeping. Send a dust sample to Dusts Safe to learn more about your dusts.

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Posted October 1, 2021 by admin in category "Uncategorized