10 Places You’re Forgetting to Dust That Could Be Affecting Your Home’s Health

Dust off these overlooked spots to keep your home clean and allergen-free. One household chore you shouldn’t procrastinate for too long is dusting. A few dust bunnies might seem harmless, but that powdery buildup can harbor some pretty gross stuff. Dust is mostly made up of human skin cells, but it can also contain dust mites and their droppings, bacteria, mold, pet dander, and even viruses. As dust gets stirred up into the air, these particles can trigger allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and other respiratory issues.
“Very few of us think about the dust that is in our homes and often only clean to remove it as it looks unsightly,” says Josh Mutlow, design manager for Dyson. That means dust can easily accumulate in unseen places or spots where you don’t regularly clean, impacting your home’s indoor air quality. Regularly dusting is key to a healthy home, but there are several spots you might be forgetting to dust during your typical sweep. For a clean, allergen-free space, pay attention to these 10 commonly overlooked areas where dust (and the germs that come with it) tends to lurk.