Asked by: Tommaso Brioso
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th February, 2020

What is the main ingredient in dust in the home?

Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.

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Herein, is house dust mostly dead skin?

A commonly quoted statistic is that 80% of dust is made up of dead skin, but that's actually a pretty small percentage. Dust in houses and offices is made up of a combination of pollen, hair, textile fibers, paper fibers, soil minerals, cosmic dust particles, and various other materials found in the local environment.

Similarly, is dust actually dead skin cells? Sometimes a specific percentage of dust is said to be skin, usually about 70 or 80 percent, but unless you're a molting bird or reptile (or you work in Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory), very little of your environment is composed of dead body parts.

Keeping this in consideration, where does most household dust come from?

Most of indoor dust comes from outdoors. In the study, David Layton and Paloma Beamer point out that household dust consists of a potpourri that includes dead skin shed by people, fibers from carpets and upholstered furniture, and tracked-in soil and airborne particles blown in from outdoors.

What takes dust out of the air?

Run an air purifier. The best air purifiers on the market, specifically designed to remove dust, utilize HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. Effective HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles, helping you effectively control and reduce dust inside your home.

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