dust dust dust whats in yours ?

A few weeks ago I went to London all on my own which was very  very scary. But I did meet up with Pippa from www.redrodemummy.com  at Euston and she knew London very well.


With a mad dash over to the westfeild shopping centre stratford we made it just in time:) We were there to look at a new hoover the new Dyson cinetic, I grew up with a Dyson  as my mum and dad had one so I have huge Dyson love.

My husband on the other hand does not – he has a had a Henry hoover ever since he brought his house and refuses to get a dyson as a point of principle


If it was up to me I would jump at the chance at owning one of these as its just one amazing bit of kit,  but alas I don’t make the decisions on such things as this as I don’t earn the pennies.

Now I could rant and rave at you at how amazing the new Dyson Cinitc is as its a beautiful bit of kit –

Ill give you a few facts though.

the Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum is the result of nearly six years intensive R&D by a team of 29 Dyson engineers and an investment of £7.5m.2,000 prototypes were developed whilst creating the new technology.

Patents: Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum has 195 patents and patents pending worldwide.

Hygienic bin emptying: The new machine has a trigger-bin emptying system. So with the press of a button, dust and dirt can be emptied directly into the waste bin.

Guarantee: Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum has a 5 year parts and labour guarantee.

RRP: £390


but as I don’t yet have one (goes and cries in the corner) instead I’ve  got some fascinating facts about dust – what it is and what can be done about it from the lovely people at Dyson.

Dyson Allergens Facts pack

Microbiology at Dyson:

Dyson’s fully-equipped microbiology lab enables scientists to develop healthier and more hygienic appliances. This means we are better equipped to deal with the nasties that lurk in our carpets and furniture. The lab was built in 2001 at a cost of around £100,000.

Dust mites:

Dust mites are the number one cause of allergies in the home. They feed off the skin cells that humans shed. And litter our beds, sofas, carpets, clothing and cuddly toys with feces. Their feces are so light and tiny that they float easily into air when disturbed by our everyday activities. Inhaling these minute particles causes allergic reactions to those who are sensitive to a type of protein found in dust mite feces.

An average bed has up to 3 million dust mites.

There are 500,000 particles of dust in the average cubic meter of air. 50% is dead human skin cells.

Humans shed about 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells per minute, or about 28 grams per month (equivalent to a bag of crisps).

The average square meter of carpet has 1,000 dust mites. Each critter produces up to 30 droppings a day. It’s these droppings that most people are allergic to.

Moving around in your bed disturbs dust mite droppings which then stay airborne for at least 30 minutes.

Pollen is built to travel, often going hundreds of miles and coming into your home through open windows. It often settles on floors and under furniture where it can be breathed but not seen.

In the microbiology lab, Dyson scientists grow their own dust mite cultures. This enables them to study their behavior and the allergens they produce, and help design engineers develop machines to combat them better.  

Dust mites don’t just live in mattresses and carpets – sofas and cushions are ideal environments too.

Dust mites can’t survive extreme temperatures. Freeze delicate bed sheets to kill them.

Combatting dust mites:

Vacuum mattresses regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite faeces. Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are all approved by the AllergyFoundationand their unique cyclone technology means they have no loss of suction.

You can kill dust mites by placing items like toys in a plastic bag, freezing them for two days and letting them thaw naturally – this will kill the dust mites as they cannot survive the cold.

Removing shoes before entering the house. Otherwise you will be walking in nasty chemicals, pollen, dirt and dust straight into your home.

Make up brushes aren’t to be forgotten either. To kill these mites pop them in the freezer for a few hours and this kills all the mites.


Hay fever is caused by an allergy to the pollen of wind-pollinated plants, including numerous species of trees, grasses and weeds. Pollen is produced in huge quantities in spring and summer.

Evolved for wind dispersal, it is lightweight and in some circumstances can travel several hundred miles. The seasonality of hay fever varies from person to person, depending on which type of pollen causes the reaction. It’s a surprising fact but most pollen and other respiratory allergens inside the home are found on the floor and under surfaces. Regular cleaning with a vacuum cleaner can reduce this, making use of the tools provided with our machines allows you to reach into the hard to reach places in the home.

Combatting pollen:

When humidity rises above 50%, the risk of mould allergies increases significantly. Keeping your home below 45% humidity makes it harder for fungi and mould to flourish.

Opening bathroom and kitchen windows can help lower humidity and reduce mould. Air other rooms regularly, but try to keep windows closed during the hay fever season.

Some flowering plants, including roses, self-pollinate. Because their pollen doesn’t have to travel so far, it doesn’t usually cause allergies.

Pollen from grasses causes a reaction in 90% of people with hay fever. Keeping grass cut short will help prevent it flowering and producing pollen.

Ferns produce spores rather than pollen. They fling them into the air at up 4.5 metres per second using a slingshot mechanism. The spores can be highly allergenic.

If someone in your home suffers from hay fever, try not to dry your washing in the garden when the pollen count is high – especially in the morning and early evening.



Indoor moulds and fungi occur throughout the year provided there is moisture and oxygen. However, they tend to be more prevalent during warmer, wetter months – the same time as outdoor moulds and fungi. They reproduce by emitting microscopic spores, which are common triggers of allergies and asthma. As many as 30% of allergy sufferers are affected. Mould can lead to watery and itchy eyes and runny noses.    

Combatting mould:

Damp areas on walls should be seen to.

Removing house dust by vacuuming will remove spores that are present in the dust therefore reducing the risk of mould forming in the house.

Pay particular attention to walls behind kitchen units and cupboards; the lack of ventilation often means that excess mould grows in these areas.

Tackle condensation.

Dog & Cat saliva

It’s not commonly known but dog and cat saliva makes you sneeze. Dog hair makes your nose tickle but that’s not why you’re sneezing. It’s because you dog’s hair has allergens on it – left from your dog licking itself clean and proteins secreted by oil glands. Household allergens cling to it too – forming a kind of sneeze induced cocktail. Dogs moult in the spring as their winter coats shed for summer. For some dogs this also happens in autumn when their summer coat makes way for a thicker winter one. The resulting pet hair can cause irritation. As the cat cleans itself the cat deposits these proteins on its fur, which is shed around the house on furniture and carpets. Pet hairs can also contain an allergen that is secreted by the animal’s sebaceous glands and passed to the fur during grooming. The flakes of dried skin known as dander can also be a problem.

To combat these issues you should:

Clean/wash dog bed at 60 degrees

Vacuum your dog with a groom tool – only ones specifically for this use

Use a machine with full filter filtration.

When pets lick their fur they leave behind allergen-rich saliva – it ends up on upholstery and carpets when they shed. Vacuum regularly and use a cleaner with a motorised brush bar to remove more pet hair from deep-pile carpets.

Extra cleaning tips:

Curtains and blinds harbor dust and pollen.

Keyboards can have as much bacteria as a toilet seat.


Disclamer – I was invited by dyson to this event and I received a goodybag in return.

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