Your cute little dust bunnies are not as harmless as you thought.
Dust Bunnies accumulate in the corners of our homes, and can be among the most toxic potions of all.
As noted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): Many chemicals end up in household dust.
In a study by Silent Spring Institute: they reported “A study of house dust collected in California homes in 2006 and in 2011 which found 41 different fire retardant chemicals in at least half of the samples
A later study (2012) by Silent Spring Institute tested for 49 flame retardant chemicals in household dust, the main route of exposure for people and especially in children.
Most homes had at least one chemical above a federal health guideline, compounds in household dust tests, included flame retardants, home-use pesticides and phthalates.
A 2002 study by the EWG detected phthalates in nearly ¾ of personal care products tested, when sprayed or applied as make up powder (that contain phthalates) the chemicals can become airborne and accumulate in your dust.
Young children in particular may ingest about 50 milligrams of household dust a day. (low levels can cause health issues) making it an important pathway by which people are exposed to environmental contaminants.
So it is probably no surprise that a simple wipe down with water is not enough when it comes to dusting. I would sometimes just wipe dust off of surfaces with my bare hand or a wet paper towel. (OOPS) Not so much anymore.
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See ya dust bunnies.