I’ve always had an affinity for cleaning in my 20s, mainly because I don’t feel like my head can be clear if my physical space isn’t, and also because I suffer horrible allergies (that are very much made worse by a dusty apartment). Being conscious of what ingredients are in my cleaning products has been important to me for the past few years, but I didn’t worry about my actual cleaning tools until now. When I read a new article on Thrive Market that said our vacuum cleaners actually released dirt and bacteria into the air, I was shocked. I never thought that while trying to rid my humble abode of contaminants like dead skin cells, mold, and fungi, my vacuum was actually contributing to the problem.
The good news is that we can take a few small steps to make sure the number of toxins our vacuums spit out is limited.
1. Invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Although studies show that all vacuums release toxins, those with a HEPA filter give off significantly less.
2. Use water to clean your filter. Most of us just throw the dust into our trash cans, but a thorough soaking of the filter in the sink will help rid it of any remaining pollutants.