No one likes dusting the house, but it is a fact of life that dust accumulates on almost every surface. It is also easily disturbed and, once in the air, can enter the lungs. This is believed to cause and/or aggravate a variety of health problems such as hay fever and allergies. This is why dust should be cleaned regularly or controlled with a HEPA filter. If you have every wondered what the dust in your house is made from, continue reading to find out.
What is dust composed of?
Research conducted on household dust shows that it is made up of; human and animal hairs, paper fiber, components of soil, skin cells, pollen, clothing fibers, food particles and smaller amounts of many other materials found in the house. Dust mites feed on the organic particles in dust and can also cause heath issues such as asthma and allergies. These tiny creatures excrete enzymes from their stomach to digest their food. This combines with the feces and deceased corpses of other dust mites to become a component of household dust!
Did you know?
Dust mites are not visible to the naked eye. They are about 200-300 microns long and can only be seen with the help of a microscope.
Dust can be made up of any small particles that are small and light enough to be carried in the air.
Some dust is more dangerous to human health. For example, coal dust causes black lung disease which is a safety major concern within a coal mine.