Forget all those dusting brooms and wands with disposable cloths

DID YOU KNOW? You might think of dust as a benign substance, but research at Exeter University’s Greenpeace laboratory uncovered 35 hazardous chemicals in house dust, including flame retardants, solvents and petrol additives. Some of these were known to be either carcinogenic, toxic or damaging to the reproductive function and the immune system.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY: Forget all those dusting brooms and wands with disposable cloths—they’re wasteful and unnecessary. Hard-surface floors should be wet dusted with a mop. A dust mop can be shaken out outside—well away from open windows and doors—and thrown in the wash for easy cleaning. When it comes to furniture, a microfibre cloth is your best friend. The fine fibres cling to small particles, trapping those toxins, dander, skin cells and other dust components.