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House dust is one of the main sources of children’s exposure to toxic substances, most of which come from normal wear-and-tear on consumer products. 

  • Clean with a good quality vacuum, or simply a damp cloth or wet mop. (Dry dusting just circulates the dust back into the air.) Vacuum or wet-mop once a week; twice a week if you have a crawling child. 
  • Take your shoes off at the door to minimize the amount of dirt brought inside. Use washable entrance mats, and launder them separately from clothing. 
  • Reduce the amount of dust in the home by minimizing clutter and by storing toys in closed containers.

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