All turn to dust – and it matters

We live and breathe dust, literally.

We literally live and breathe what we surround ourselves with. No longer a metaphor, we need to pay particular attention to what our environment is made of. At least 1/3 of the dust we have in our homes is generated from the things we have: furniture, bedding, clothes, gadgets, and our very own skin. On top of it, cleaning and personal care products add to the mix of dust and the air we breathe in.

We spend most of our lives indoors, increasingly inside our homes. We now live, work, and entertain there (according to some research, up to 90% of our lives). Hence it is worth checking what quality is your dust, how safe it is and what you can do to limit your and your children’s exposure to nasty chemicals.

According to DustSafe research, dust in your home is likely to contain the following: trace metals, microplastics, radioactive elements, and perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS, found in fire-fighting foams, stain and water protection for fabrics and carpets, and some packaging).

About two-thirds of these contaminants come from outside and you have somewhat limited control over what goes in through your doors and windows. You can, of course, introduce some measures like leaving your shoes and outerwear by the door and washing your hands and face on your return home.

However, most of the things under your control are within your home. You can decide of what materials your furniture and clothes are made. Natural ones have been a safe bet for centuries and they last long. Plastics are omnipresent but they shouldn’t be and there is an alternative in most cases. Solid wood (pre-loved) furniture will usually have less VOCs and other contaminants than new MDF pieces. You can also research which paints and oils you will use next time you refresh your walls and furniture.

What is your clothing made of? What about your bedding? Or that throw on the sofa? Your pillow and mattress that you touch more regularly and for longer than your partner.

You can reconsider what products you use to clean your home. On most occasions, tepid warm water with natural soap or vinegar and baking soda will do the job just fine. You can choose simple ventilation over using air fresheners. You can check what skincare products (if any) you use – this will feed to birds with one scone: your skin will also be happier with less. Last but not least come regular vacuuming and dusting with a damp cloth.

We all turn to dust eventually – why not to start paying attention to it now?

Remember, I am always here to help you unveil and support your commitment to self.

(Photo by Vinicius Wiesehofer on Unsplash)

Life, health and wellbeing coach. Cancer coach. Reiki Master Practitioner. Leamington Spa, CV32, Warwickshire, and Tettenhall, WV6, Wolverhampton, UK.