If you think you’re safe in your own home, think again

MANILA, Philippines — Your home is your turf and haven. It’s one of the places where you feel secure. And on long, busy days, you would always look forward to the thought of relaxing once you get back home.

Unfortunately, it’s also where thousands of health hazards reside.

Health hazards hiding in plain sight

The collected dust in your home may not seem dangerous to you — just annoying, and a burden to clean.

It’s just a bit of dust. How is it so dangerous?

We inadvertently inhale dirt everyday — in fact, humans inhale 45% soil and 55% dust every day.

Dust has your usual suspects: germs, bacteria, and fungi, which can lead to diseases, allergies, and asthma attacks.

It can also contain traces of dangerous chemicals linked to developmental problems and hormone disruption.

If you have small kids, they’re more susceptible to these diseases since they tend to put everything in their mouths, plus their immune systems aren’t well-developed yet.

How does dust enter the home? It wafts through open doors and windows, or collects from the dirt on your beloved pet’s fur.

Just closing doors and windows, however, does not ensure that dust will not enter the house — it’s small enough to come through cracks in doors and windows.

And ironically, we track in a lot of these hazards ourselves. We bring in the dust that clings to our clothes, shoes, skin, and hair — coming from different environments, from a dusty jeepney ride to your office building’s smoking area. Even the skin cells we shed contribute to the dust.

It's easy enough to ignore when it's mostly hidden in hard-to-reach corners and underneath furniture. However, it’s also on things you frequently use: carpets, blinds, curtains, drawers, air conditioning units, speakers, keyboards, and even mattresses and pillows — so much for relaxation!

How can you minimize the dust

Though you can’t totally eliminate dust, minimize it as much as you can.

If leaving shoes outside the house isn't always possible, place a heavy-duty mat designed to capture dirt and dust outside your door.

Change your bed sheets and pillowcases once a week — dirty beddings can trigger acne issues as well!

Since you step on them all the time, vacuum your carpets, and mats frequently.

Organize your things and don't leave them scattered all over the floor. This makes the surface area easier to vacuum, if you tend to go around objects instead of cleaning under them.

But don't use just any old vacuum. Choose one which combines convenience and efficiency.

To get you started, the cordless Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre is perfect for daily cleaning.

It offers powerful suction, but it won’t fade or die on you immediately. Its nickel cobalt aluminium battery can run for up to 40 minutes. A soft touch trigger makes it easy to use, and also conserves power.

It’s lightweight and ergonomically balanced, ideal for cleaning higher and harder-to-reach spots.

Different heads come in handy for use on different surfaces such as floors, ceilings, furniture, and even your car seats. Soft woven nylon traps large debris, while anti-static carbon fiber filaments remove fine dust.

You won’t need different vacuums for different purposes. You can use this all in one vacuum for your dust-cleaning needs.

Its whole machine filtration captures allergens such as pollen and dust mite feces. Pet lovers, you can rest easy — this vacuum can also clean up pet hair and other pet allergens.

The filtration system is sealed, so you won’t be coughing up dust while cleaning! A single-action hygienic dirt ejector makes it easy to discard all the collected dirt.

You deserve something beautiful to come home to — a clean house you love.

Do you have other home cleaning tips? — Rappler.com