Dust: The Uninvited Guest

Dust collects anywhere and every in the home because of its natural characteristics, originating from our skin fibers and everyday home fabrics. Unfortunately, a large source of dust comes from our own bodies because our bodies constantly shed tiny flakes and fibers, and in turn create what we see as dust. Dust will fill every corner of your home and settle wherever it wants with the help of air and body movement. In order to slow down its production and movement, staying still is not a solution. Although you can never completely remove the dust from your home because of its prevalent nature, you can still minimize its presence.

Here’s how:

  • The closet should be your number one priority since the clothes in your closet shed fibers, leaving dust all over the ground. To keep this area dust free, keep the area open and easily accessible for frequent dusting. In keeping the area clear, you should organize your items in clear plastic containers. This way, you can maintain organization, and at the same time have quick access to whatever you may need without having to gut out your closet each time you are looking for something.
  • Change the lay of your bed. This may come as a surprise, but your bed is a significant source of all the dust in your home. Because the bedding collects skin fibers, the dust it produces as you toss and turn spreads throughout the room. To remedy this, wash your bedding on a weekly basis.
  • Rather than use a normal dry or wet cloth, use a cloth that causes an electrostatic charge which will capture and hold on to the dust. Using a normal feather duster, commonly used by many households does not retain the dust. With a static shock cloth or duster, you will be able to capture and hold on to the dust.
  • Beat the dust out. Many homes have carpets and with that comes the biggest dust sanctuary in the home. If you have a carpet in your home, you should vacuum the carpet daily and beat the rug. Also, taking a large carpet or rug out for professional cleaning three or four times out of the year would also reduce the dust in your home.

Banana Crumb Muffins

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Servings: 10


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Source: Allrecipes.com


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Lou Rosenberger, Realtor CalBRE #01955420

3701 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, California 94123