Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Sorry to frighten you with that picture! But I could have put up a worse one, believe me!! Dust and dirt are very icky things. So take some time to read this and maybe it will give you the kick in the pants you need today to get up and go clean!!!

Why you need a regular cleaning schedule:

  • You will keep up your cleaning so you won’t be overwhelmed with too many tasks.
  • Your house will be a healthier environment.
  • You will have extra time available for larger jobs.
  • You will not be so worried about a specific problem – like dust on your shelves – when you know it will be taken care of at a later specific time.
  • Most cleaning is much easier when done regularly, rather than waiting for it to get really dirty.
  • Almost all items or surfaces will last longer and look better when lightly cleaned regularly rather than harshly scrubbed infrequently.
  • Regular cleaning of many items – carpets, furniture and wood - will delay or eliminate the need for expensive, professional cleaning or restoration.

Some interesting facts to keep you motivated:

Fact: The U.S. EPA ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental dangers to the public and concluded that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the worst outside air
Fact: The average 6 room home in the U.S. collects 40 pounds of dust each year.
Fact: Homes with open windows and screen doors can contain roughly 70% as much pollen as the outdoor environment.
Fact: House dust is a mixture of materials that can include textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander, human and animal hair, food leftovers, pollen grains, skin flakes, insulation, sand and other organic materials.
Fact: A typical used mattress can have from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites and 10% of the weight of a two-year-old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings.
Fact: An estimated 6 million Americans are allergic to cats and approximately one third of them have cats in their home.
Fact: Nearly 100,000 dust mites can live in one square yard of carpet

Did You Know?
• Many people suffer from perennial allergies, which result in symptoms throughout the year.
Perennial allergies are triggered by indoor allergens, including house dust mite waste, animal dander, cockroach waste and indoor molds.
• Dust mites are the number one cause of indoor allergies.
• The common dust mite can be carried in or on your clothing or body and can be found all throughout the home.
• The life cycle of a dust mite is 2-3 months and they are found in areas where skin is shed. One gram of dust can house up to 500 dust mites.
• Common symptoms of dust mite allergies include sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and wheezing.
• If you are allergic to dust mite waste, it is important that you use a quality vacuum with a good filtration system.
• Vacuuming alone removes up to 20% of dust mites found in carpet. The higher quality vacuum the more the percentage will rise.
So who wants to go clean now?


  1. Eww. Completely grossed out now.

    Thanks for the comment! I will definitely check out those books!

  2. Oh. My. Word.
    Cleaning never seemed like such a good idea!

  3. Geez Dawn, don't you know I read your blog over lunch?

    Fine, I will go clean the top of the fridge but I still refuse to pull it out. Stupid thing needs to sit on a bit of wood otherwise it pees on the floor and I can't move it without major hassle.